Avery Hill, left, is just one of the many children who benefit from funds raised at the Sioux Falls Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & Miracle 5K.

Run for the kids during the Sioux Falls Marathon

August 23, 2019

It’s time to lace up your running shoes, tour the streets of Sioux Falls and support Sanford Children’s Miracle Network. Join us for the Sioux Falls Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & Miracle 5K on Sunday, Sept. 8!

The marathon, half marathon and 10K races will start and finish in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The Miracle 5K will start outside of the venue near Madison Street and Western Avenue. You can check out the routes here.

Funds raised from the race will help kids like Avery, Sanford Children’s Miracle Network 2019 Champion.


Avery: beating the odds

It’s rare to see Avery Hill without a smile on her face. At just 4 years old, she’s outgoing, talks a mile a minute and loves high-fives almost as much as hugs.

She also fights for every step she takes and constantly works to beat the odds of cerebral palsy.

Avery was born nearly four months early, on October 25, 2014. After five days in the NICU, her doctors discovered she was suffering from two brain bleeds. Her future was uncertain.

But today her future looks bright. Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy, Avery constantly overcomes the odds: that she wouldn’t walk, talk or be able to function on her own. Her parents, Mindy and Jared, continue to celebrate even the smallest milestones.

“All of her improvements are definitely because of her,” Mindy said. “She has the can-do attitude and puts in the hard work. We just sit along the sidelines and cheer her on.”


Make your race even more meaningful!

Last year, the races raised more than $22,000 for Sanford Children’s Miracle Network. This year, you can help make an even bigger impact by fundraising before your race.

How can you get started? Explore our fundraising site where your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers can give to your campaign. Look through our fundraising toolkit for tips, information on our mission and more.

Every dollar you raise leading up to race day will make a difference for kids like Avery by:

  • Helping purchase lifesaving equipment that gives premature babies the chance to grow and thrive.
  • Providing direct family assistance and meal vouchers for extended hospital stays.
  • Supporting the Child Life specialists who bring smiles to the faces of pediatric patients even on the toughest days.

To register, visit siouxfallsmarathon.com/miracle-5k. For more information, contact Megan Kjose at (605) 312-6734 or email megan.kjose@sanfordhealth.org.