27-day “Miracle Marathon” Motivates Participants to Get Active While Helping Local Kids Get Well

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Registration now open for Sept. 16 – Oct. 12 flexible and convenient Children's Miracle Network Hospitals wellness program. 27-day Miracle Marathon helps participants get active while helping local kids get well.

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While consistent exercise will boost each Miracle Marathoner’s wellbeing, the greatest impact will be on local children.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16, individuals and groups of all ages and fitness levels will begin a 27-day “Miracle Marathon” to improve their own health while supporting the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

“We’re excited to offer a marathon that is accessible to all, with benefits that extend beyond the participants,” says John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “While consistent exercise will boost each Miracle Marathoner’s wellbeing, the greatest impact will be on local children. Miracle Marathon supporters will truly make a difference for kids relying on member hospitals to provide life-saving care.”

Miracle Marathon is a 27.2-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants move the equivalent of one mile per day — through any activity they choose — from Sept. 16 to Oct. 12. The first 26 days are completed at a time and place convenient for each participant. On the final day, all participants will begin the final 1.2 miles at the same time and finish the 27.2-mile Miracle Marathon together. It’s a marathon, plus an extra mile for the kids.

Participants will receive daily challenges, inspirational stories or motivational messages throughout the event encouraging them to meet their fitness and fundraising goals. A personal donation page and blog for each Miracle Marathoner will also be set up to track progress and share stories. Individuals are challenged to not only move one mile per day, but also to raise approximately $10 per day for a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of their choosing. Fundraising incentives are available to participants for achieving certain milestones.

For more information on Miracle Marathon or to register to participate, visit MiracleMarathon.org. Follow the #MiracleMarathon hashtag to get involved with the community, and learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CMNHospitals.org.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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