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Our Special Focus on Kids

The greatest joy on Father’s Day is seeing the sea of school-aged kids swirling around the start lines of the Great-West Life Super Run, the Winnipeg Free Press 10k, the Popeye’s Supplement Relay, the Intrepid Dezine Half Marathon, and even Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Full Marathon! To see the excitement of those students as they cross the finish line – as well as all the teachers and parents who have volunteered their time to encourage them – is what we are striving for with the Manitoba Marathon Champions in Training program. Manitoba’s schools – with the active support of the Manitoba Marathon – are introducing thousands of kids to a healthy and happy lifestyle each spring. The Manitoba Marathon has happily supported these schools for over 20 years with helpful training tips, resource kits, and even staff visits to help school leaders. Nearly 200 schools and 3500 young runners are participating in this program every year!

Here’s how you can take part!

 What is the Champions in Training Program and how does your school get involved?

  • The CIT Program is designed to encourage children to become physically fit through running. Many schools start their running programs shortly after Spring Break, and offer participation in the Manitoba Marathon as a goal for students to strive towards.
  • With the help of all the Manitoba Marathon school program materials, each school is encouraged to develop a running program that fits its needs. For many schools, these might be runs before school, during lunch, or after school.
  • Participation in the Manitoba Marathon is not a requirement to join the CIT program. Schools and students are welcome to take part in the program, regardless of whether they are going to participate in the Manitoba Marathon. We simply want to encourage students to participate in training sessions, and commit to an active lifestyle.
  • This program will provide you with many wonderful perks, such as guaranteed early fees for the Manitoba Marathon, and a special registration system, where you can create a custom page for your school.( More information about this is below.)
  • The CIT program is a vehicle for program leaders like you to get your students involved in wonderful community events. Becoming a part of this program provides you with the opportunity to bring your school to Jog in the Park, and join many other schools in a fun filled day of dancing, running and treats!
  • And best of all, joining this program is FREE!

Ready to sign up?

Leaders register your school
On this page you will be able to register your school with the program, request the number of materials you need, and RSVP to Teacher Orientation Night (April 7th) and Jog in the Park (May 11th). If you have any questions please contact our School Program Manager at: programs@manitobamarathon.mb.ca or 204-415-4517 x 23

For information on our Champions in Training Adopt a School program please click the button below.
CIT Adopt a School

What do we get?

The CIT resources were developed by teachers from some of the most successful school running programs. They are intended to add the little things into your program that will keep your students interested and focused, and excited about their upcoming Manitoba Marathon experience. You will receive:

  • Champions in Training and Manitoba Marathon Posters – inspire, engage, create awareness and motivate students to get involved in your school program!
  • Leader T-Shirts – given to you, the program leader, to wear proudly! You can request the number of leader t-shirts you need for your school, however, ONLY the teachers present on orientation night will receive their T-shirts.
  • Milestone Attendance Charts –  track the progress and attendance of children in your running program. Attendance has been shown to be the best predictor of whether a school training program will be successful.
  • Champions in Training Achievement Awards Certificates (3) – to be downloaded, photocopied and distributed to the students.
  • Registration Made Easy guide (including online registration help forms and entry fees schedule).
  • Bulk Sheets downloadable for any manual student registration forms (Individual and Relay Teams)
  • A school visit and/or run with our School Program Coordinator (and/or a great video) –  an exciting way to jumpstart your running program, and to show students that there are thousands of kids just like them, doing the Marathon thing every Father’s Day!
  • Special School Pickup Appointments at our office for all your school groups’ Race Day kits.

Important Events!

Teacher Orientation Night which will take place on Thursday -April 7th, 2016, 4 PM – 6PM , at the Manitoba Marathon Office: 4-1080 Waverley St.. School representatives receive will their CIT materials, a  a light meal and a leader t-shirt. Staff will be available to discuss the registration process, any new changes, and to answer any questions. Jog in the Park for Winnipeg-area students, can either be a kickoff to your own program or a practice run for those schools that have started their training. It lasts about 1 hour, and is held at Assiniboine Park, on Wednesday, May 11th, at 10:30 am. Schools must register for this event (204) 415-4517 x 21. The Manitoba Marathon has partnered with First Student Canada, and are offering a special discounted price for Jog in the Park transportation ($120 round trip per bus). For more information on Jog in The Park transportation (First Student Canada), please click here.

Manitoba Marathon Race Day is on June 19th, 2016.  CIT schools can register for any one of our events through their online profile, and always pay early fees!

Champions In Training Marathon Registration

This registration button below is only for participants who are registering for a Manitoba Marathon event and are in our Champions in Training program. Online registration closes May 31st.

Register with your school

What about fund raising?

Runners in the Manitoba Marathon provide a valued community service, by raising funds to support projects for people who live with and intellectual disability. We strongly encourage schools to have volunteers (often a parent group) do the fund raising portion of the program. This has worked very well for many schools in the past. That way, the leader(s) need only be in charge of the training part of the program.

What is the “Lace It Up” Fundraiser all about?

We’re hoping to see a sea of runners wearing that single shoelace at the Manitoba Marathon Start Lines this year, showing that we all do care about our community, and our commitment to people who live with intellectual disabilities. One “toonie” – one two dollar coin – and a smile as you lace it up, is all it takes! The Manitoba Marathon would like to thank Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP for their sponsorship of TDS Kids program for the Manitoba Marathon. The program serves to remove barriers for children participating in the event. Children are the future – Interested families can apply through their school leader.