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Kids Duck Dash

Here's a chance for kids to participate in a marathon - one mile at a time. Kids run or walk 25.5 miles over a period of time, logging their progress. Then on race day kids complete the final distance to make it a full marathon. Kids who track and complete the entire marathon distance receive a Finisher's Certificate, t-shirt, medal and post race Krusteaz Pancake Breakfast.

Don't want to run a whole marathon? That's fine too. Kids can still participate in the run on Saturday with all of the other kids! Just register online, pick up your packet at the Expo or race morning and get ready to run!

2016 Kids Duck Dash Details

  • Start Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2016 
  • Start Location: 15th Ave. & Onyx (UO Campus)
  • Start Time: 8:00 a.m. 
  • Finish Location: On the track at Hayward Field
  • Course Map: Click here (PDF)
  • Race Day Distance: Approximately 1K (approx .6 mile)
  • Age: Must be between 4-12 years old on race day
  • Parking:There is metered street parking around Hayward Field on Saturdays. Additionally, many UO parking lots are available and free to the public on weekends. Read signs carefully. View Saturday UO Parking Map
  • Other Details: Kids Duck Dash participants receive a youth sized, short sleeve cotton t-shirt, finisher's medal, finish line refreshments and the Krusteaz Pancake Breakfast.  Kids who participate in the "marathon" and turn in their Official Kids Duck Dash Tracker (at packet pick-up) also receive a finisher's certificate! Kids age 4-12 are welcome to participate.  Kids 7 and under MUST have a chaperon run with them on the course.  (Although, any age child can run with an adult if he/she chooses.  There is no charge for adult chaperones. 1 adult per child please.)

2016 Course Description

The Kids Duck Dash starts at 15th & Onyx (on the University of Oregon campus) heading west with a quick turn onto University.   Mini-marathoners and fun runners complete this 1K loop with a right on 13th and another right onto Agate for their blazing finish on the track at Hayward Field in front of cheering fans!  The kids will not want to miss this chance to finish just like the full marathoners do the next day!  This will be one for your future track star to remember!  

Kids Duck Dash Course Map (PDF) 

How It Works

  1. RegisterClick here to register online or use the mail-in form.
  2. Start Moving: Kids track their progress and move along at their own pace. Use any of the training resources below to help guide your training.
  3. Track Your Miles: If you're participating in the "full" marathon, then log your miles on the Official Kids Duck Dash Tracker (PDF) and bring your completed tracker to Packet Pick-up.
  4. Packet Pick-Up: All participants - fun runners and "full" marathoners - must pick up their race packet at the Health & Fitness Expo or Saturday morning near the start.  Leave yourself plenty of time!.
  5. Race Day: Get yourself to the starting line and get ready to run! Kids 7 and under MUST have a chaperon run with them on the course.   (Although, any age child can run with an adult if he/she chooses.  There is no charge for adult chaperones.  1 adult per child please.)

Kids Running & Training Resources


We are excited to partner with KIDSPORTS where all kids play, develop, and have fun!  KIDSPORTS is a private non-profit organization in Oregon that provides youth sports programs for pre-K through 12th graders in Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas. KIDSPORTS teaches children and families the value of physical fitness, sportsmanship, practice and teamwork through sports and activities. Knowledgeable coaches and officials allow each player to achieve their personal best while having fun. All children have the opportunity to play. Sports programs and activities are open to any child who is able to participate regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, ability, or financial status.  >>Find out how you can participate with KIDSPORTS

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