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  • Start 'Em Young!

    Start em Young

    T. J. Murphy dives into the motivation and keys to success behind Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON...

    "The success of Dixon's program is built around the simple concept of getting kids active and inspired at a young age."

    "Former world-class runner Rod Dixon wants to end the childhood obesity epidemic."

    Read the Article »

  • Rod Dixon, Mayor Neil O'Leary Help Launch Kid's Marathon In Waterbury

    Rod Dixon - "Lots of schools and students are signing up and the enthusiasm is growing in Connecticut. Schools are really into it and there's such a different in acceptance of the idea than years ago."

    Just yesterday in the Waterbury Observer - "Long-distance running legend, Rod Dixon, of New Zealand, was back in Waterbury Thursday morning to help kick-off the second year of his Kid’s Marathon running program in the city. Dixon won the bronze medal in the 1500 meter run at the 1972 Olympics, was a World Champion cross-country runner, and the winner of the 1983 NYC Marathon. Now 63, Dixon has dedicated his life to bringing his passion of running and healthy living to elementary and middle school students in California and Connecticut. In time, Dixon hopes his Kid’s Marathon program spreads across America."

    On right: A passionate man, Rod Dixon implored students at North End Middle School in Waterbury to fully participate in the Kid's Marathon program, and to bring the message of activity and health back into their homes.

    Read full article in Waterbury Observer »

  • LA KiDSMARATHON Final Mile @ Dodger Stadium

    KidsMarathon into Dodger Stadium

    Despite rare overcast skies, the LA KiDSMARATHON Final Mile at Dodger Stadium was run by 5000 Students! Over 500 Teachers, Mentors, and Coaches, and 12,000+ family members witnessed their achievement.


    KiDSMARATHON KiDs with Lakers Legend AC Green

    NBA Lakers legend, AC Green, ran the Final Mile with the KiDs.


    Final Mile finishers with their medal, (replica of the 1974 USA 1500 meter Championship Gold Medal won by Rod Dixon).

  • Checking in with 32nd St. School

    LA KiDSMARATHON is having it's most successful year yet!

    27,000 KiDS in school training in Los Angeles, Glendora, Inland Empire, and Chino Hills.

    LA KiDSMARATHON Final Mile Celebration will be held in Dodger Stadium on March 2nd, 2014.


  • Noosa: Our official Yoghurt

    Noosa Yoghurt! Aussie culture. Colorado fresh. Noosa is all natural and from happy cows. KiDS love great tasting Yoghurt that is so good for them.


  • Asics LA Marathon 2014

    Rod Dixon is pleased to announce an agreement between LA MARATHON LLC and the Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Foundation. The partnership will ensure that 25,000 KiDS in the LAUSD - Beyond the Bell program will be able to participate beginning January 13, 2014 "in school" training to accumulate 25.2 Miles of their very own Marathon over 8-10 weeks. Five thousand KiDS will be selected from 230 schools to participate in the Final Mile Celebration @ Dodger Stadium March 2, 2014, along with an estimated 10,000 + family members.

    Learn more about the Asics LA Marathon Marathon on the race site.

    Please direct inquiries about how to get your kid involved in the Los Angeles area with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

  • KiDSMARTHON KiD Featured in Nelson Mail

    Determined Boy True Champion

    It was a challenge for all the 320

    children who ran, but none faced

    the same obstacles as 10-year-old

    Jakob Fletcher, of Hampden Street

    School. In reaching the finish line,

    he proved he’s a true champion,

    Olympian Rod Dixon said today...

    Jakob has cerebral palsy and

    other disabilities, and runs in leg

    braces. Completing the stages of

    the Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON

    leading up to the last mile at

    Saxton Field yesterday was tough

    going. So was Sunday’s run, so

    much so that Dixon, who ran with

    Jakob, suggested that they walk

    for a bit.

    Read the full article >

  • KiDSMARATHON Event Held at Dodger Stadium

  • Launching KiDSMARATHON NZ!

    Olympic medallist and world champion runner returns home to launch KiDSMARATHON in New Zealand

    Obesity is killing us and with more than one in five kids overweight (Ministry of Health NZ) it is killing our children.

    One man that refuses let it beat us is one of New Zealand's most awarded runners, Rod Dixon.

    Founder of The Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON Foundation, Dixon's ambition is to educate kids, their families and communities, the value of exercise, nutrition and active participation that will lead to a life-long healthy approach to living.

    Download the full Press Release



    We had an incredible 25,000 KiDs in training for 8 weeks this year!

    The Dodgers Organization officially estimated 17,000 were in the stadium for the kid's finish on Sunday, March 10. 5000+ KiDs, 11,000 parents/family, and over 1000 teachers and coaches. Amazing!

    Our goal is to have 25,000 KiDs finish next year. (75,000 "in school" participants)

    KTLA covered the event. Article | Video

  • KiDSMARATHON Partners with Dole Fruit!

    We're delighted to introduce Dole as our latest nutrition partner. They will be supplying fruit bowls to over 5,000 KiDS running their final mile at the LA Marathon.

    Check out to learn more about this healthy partner!

  • LAUSD Partnership

    The Rod Dixons KiDSMARATHON Foundation has a very close working relationship with the Beyond the Bell after school program, within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    We have 25,000 KiDS "in training" with the LAUSD - Beyond the Bell schools. 5000 KiDS will run their Final Mile celebration at Dodger Stadium March 10. All the other KiDS will have Final Mile celebrations at school.

  • Partnership for a Healthier America Challenge

    Hi all, this past year has been incredibly inspiring and we've reached over 100,000 kids through the program! We're happy to announce we've received recognition for our efforts from "Partnership for a Healthier America"!

    Thank you "Partnership for a Healthier America". We're very supportive of the efforts you're promoting.

    Happy holidays,

    Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Team

  • First Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON in Europe!

    Magdalene Happel, representing Frezzor, a 100% organic nutrition company based in New Zealand (the cleanest environment on Earth), has brought KiDSMARATHON to Regenbogen Elementary School, in Holzheim/Pohlheim, Germany! Magdalene and Frezzor both understand the importance of Activity and Nutrition for Children. The program in Germany will be just as it is for KiDS in New Zealand, California, Connecticut, connecting Activity, Healthy Eating, and Nutrition Education in School.

    Over 250 KiDS completed the 8 week "In School" training program and ran their 'Final Mile' to receive their medal and certificate + they received a very cool T shirt. Check out our exclusive pictures, report and letters and drawings from the KiDS. Very cool, way to go everyone! KiDSMARATHON Rocks!

    Thank you Magdalene for your Inspiration about how you and the Teachers and Parents and Regenbogen School Empowered the KiDS to Achieve their goal of Finishing. The Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON is all about:

    Finishing is Winning, Winning is Finishing.

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 Our mission is to create a life-long commitment to good health and fitness habits in children at risk of obesity-related health problems. Help our program educate, empower, and inspire K-5 children to become and stay fit.


Saucony Run for Good

Today’s Youth across the Globe are considered the most inactive in history, as a result, the rate of obesity among children and teenagers has more than tripled over the past three decades.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation and Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON Foundation are committed to reversing this trend by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and healthy lifestyle programs for youth