CASA Kane County
Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon - FAQ

Final 1.2 Miles: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3 PM
  • Mileage Log Sheets will be ready late this spring!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we sign up?

Registration is now open. Registration is limited to the first 500 registrations received. There is a small registration fee of $10.00 per child. The CASA Kane County Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon is open to all kids who will be ages 5 through 13 on race day, Saturday, September 20, 2014.


Sign up online at There is a small registration fee of $10.00 per child.



Download the race entry form, complete it, and mail it with your $10 check
made out to Fox Valley Marathon Races:

Fox Valley Marathon Races
PO Box 3955
Saint Charles IL 60174

Registration is limited to the first 750 registrations received.

Is my child registered?

Already registered? Please confirm your child's 2014 KIDS Marathon registration by going to this link on

Do the kids have to RUN all 26 miles at once?

No…the KIDS’ Marathon is designed for kids to complete 26.2 separate miles (running or walking) at their own pace and over a sixteen week time period. The KIDS’ Marathon is designed to start in early June and is completed at 3 P.M. on September 20, 2014 at the Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon .

So that we can fully appreciate the Kids achievement and to accommodate the larger numbers and event, the KIDS’ Marathon race will have a day of it’s own! The start and finish will be in the Adult village. We will celebrate big with a post race party, medals and pictures! Just like an Adult marathon!

How do the kids complete 26 separate miles at their own pace?

As long as you verify their run and sign their log sheet, it is a valid run. We recommend running small sections of the Fox River trail and checking out the local parks and playgrounds along the way. is a great website for mapping a safe ½ or 1 mile course at a park or on sidewalks near your home. Please see details for KIDS’ GROUP FUN RUNS.

Mileage Log SheetHow do I track my child’s miles?

Download the colorful Fox Valley KIDS’ MARATHON Map and the Mileage Log Sheet. Kids can color in their miles as they run them, and parents and guardians sign off each mile. Your child can complete his/her runs anywhere at anytime. You, the parent or guardian, verify their run and sign their log sheet.

Can I run or walk with my child on Race Day during the final 1.2 miles?

Yes. We encourage family participation throughout the summer. And on race day, one parent, grandparent or guardian can run or walk with each child in the FVM KIDS’ MARATHON. If you’re not a runner, Dick Pond Athletics offers great adult Walk to Run programs that can help you begin a running program while your child begins theirs. It can be a fun summer adventure together.

Sorry but due to safety concerns, no strollers are allowed at all in the marathon or the KIDS’ Marathon. Runners in the final mile of the KIDS’ Marathon do not need to be accompanied by a parent. The mile will be supervised the entire mile by adults and FVM volunteers allowing your family to be your child's cheering squad.

Will there be prizes?

YES! Achievement recognition prizes! The program is NOT a race, so everyone who finishes will get a t-shirt before the last run and an award after the run. Since 26.2 miles is a long way, we will also offer awards at specified events during the summer for runners who have completed their first 10K (6 miles) and 13 miles.

How much does the KIDS’ Marathon cost?

There is a small registration fee of $10. But the CASA Kane County Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon more about sweat and dedication. The Fox Valley Marathon Races wants to encourage young people to begin an active lifestyle.

Are there other Local running activities for KIDS?

Dick Pond AthleticsNew in 2014! Dick Pond Athletics STC will be offering a running club especially for KIDS!!
All summer long (June - August) on Wednesday nights, kids from ages 5-13 can meet at 6:30 pm at the Dick Pond Athletics St. Charles store (303 N 2nd Street/Route 31, across from Salereno's) for an hour of FUN RUNNING. The Kids Running Club will be led by local high school cross country and track athletes and will be comprised of an hour of supervised "fun running" and activities. Please contact store manager, Glen Kamps, for more information at:

Who is the Race Director?

Denise HefferinFormer Head Cross Country and Track coach at St. Charles East, Denise Hefferin is returning to the Fox Valley Marathon team as the 2014 Kids Marathon Race Director. With nearly a decade of coaching experience and a passion for running, she's enthusiastic to introduce a lifestyle of fitness and running to the youth of Fox Valley!

Having grown-up in St. Charles before the Fox Valley Kids Marathon existed, Denise had to wait until she was 22 to run her first marathon. Since then, she's completed several more including the Boston Marathon in 2006 and the Fox Valley Marathon in 2012 and 2013. Denise has a lot of FUN activities planned for this summer and fall and looks forward to running with all the Kids Marathon participants!

More questions?

Email our KIDS Race Director at with any questions or concerns!

Who is CASA Kane county?

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things to serve over 500 children in our abuse/neglect and probate courts each year. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for our children and make a difference one child at a time.

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