Marathon High is a regional nonprofit program dedicated to empowering high school students, including many underserved, at-risk youth. Through running and training for the Donna half-marathon, this after-school program allows teenagers to develop respect, self-esteem, courage, strength, confidence, healthy lifestyles and a positive direction for their future.
We are proudly partnered with the Galloway Training Program and the 26.2 With DONNA. This is a school-based running club open to teens of all backgrounds and abilities in grades 9-12, and it is FREE for all public high schools and students. The program is also non-competitive, meaning speed does not matter. What does matter is showing up, being committed and completing the goal during each training session and on race day.
Through this program, Marathon High has transformed the lives of hundreds of high school students. These teens train side-by-side with their adult mentors three times a week and in the process, they grow in leadership, character development, confidence, goal-setting and positive decision-making skills.
“Marathon high has truly changed everyone’s lives, to see high school students awake at 6:30 in the morning to run it truly a blessing! And changed changed my outlook on many things that you can do anything you set your mind not matter your size, shape, age! If you put you mind to it and don’t let anything put you down, anything can be done!”
“Marathon High has changed me because I wasn’t that active before it and I would go weeks without working out. Now I can’t go more than a day without working out. If it wasn’t for Marathon High, I most likely wouldn’t be able to achieve my dream to join the Army and serve this great country. Each day I am getting closer and closer to my goal weight. Marathon high also came into my life when i needed it the most because I had been smoking cigarettes for a couple years before the program started and then I was thinking that I should quit. Finally I found something that was fun to do and healthy for me so, I quit smoking last year. Nicotine is no longer my addiction. Running is my addiction.”
“Marathon High has inspired me to work harder and has taught me that everything is possible. Compared to those that go through cancer and struggle to walk, i believe that all of us can at least run through the pain of a couple miles. When we think we are at our limits, we really have so much more to give. I will never forget that. Thank you Marathon High for all the help you have given me, I can’t thank you enough for making me a better person.”
“This program unlocked an unreached level in my life. Never would I have guessed I’d run a half-marathon…ever. And now I love running, which is amazing considering how much I formerly used to hate it. Now I’m capable of so much more…you’ve impacted my senior year more than anything else.”
“I am thankful for this program to exist because I am in a rough patch of depression because of my family and everything that happened around me. I disliked going home; it was nothing but chaos. To be honest, I didn’t like running until this, but the more I run, I feel better about myself and the stress I had inside of me was releasing one by one. Thank you for creating Marathon High. It’s one of the best experiences.”
Contact us at www.MarathonHighFL.org to get involved. Because this is a free program for the students and the schools, we need sponsors, donations and volunteers. Thank you for helping us raise a healthy, happy, more confident and inspired next generation!
And thank you to the 26.2 with DONNA for this amazing partnership!!
Founder, Marathon High