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Children's of Alabama Joins Other Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in "Miracle Marathon" to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and Raise Funds and Awareness

BIRMINGHAM (Aug. 12, 2014) – Children’s of Alabama is encouraging Alabamians to lace up their running shoes, jump on their bikes or dive into the pool as a first step in the inaugural Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Marathon Sept. 16 though Oct. 12.

In this virtual marathon, participants are asked to walk, run, bike, swim or engage in any other activity that equals one mile of motion every day at a time and place most convenient for them to accumulate the 26.2 miles of a traditional marathon. On the Day 27, all participants will complete the last 1.2 miles at the same time – 2:27 p.m. – wherever they may be in honor of the kids who are treated every day at Children’s. Participants are also encouraged to raise $10 each day to benefit the patients.

“For anyone who has always wanted to finish a marathon but thought they never could, this event offers a fun way to reach that goal and help the kids at Children’s of Alabama, too,” said Cayleigh Cummings, Coordinator, CMNH Corporate Partnerships and Cause Marketing.  “Miracle Marathon is an exciting way to raise funds and awareness for Children’s while encouraging our community to be active and involved. We welcome individuals and organizations as well as schools and fitness groups to join us.”

Registration is available at The $27.20 registration fee includes a pedometer to record distance, a refrigerator magnet to track progress, a car sticker, a marathoner’s kit and more. Registrants may enter the Miracle Marathon individually or create or join a team. Each participant will have his/her own Miracle Marathon webpage to use for fundraising and blogging about the experience. Daily messages filled with inspiring patient stories and other information will help inspire and motivate the online community of marathoners to meet their fitness and fundraising goals. Like all Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs, dollars raised throughout Miracle Marathon will remain in the community to benefit local kids.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at

Children’s of Alabama was among the first to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1983 and since then more than $30 million has been donated to Children’s through CMNH. Every dollar raised locally through CMNH partners goes directly to Children's to provide the best health care possible to ill and injured children from across the state and Southeast by funding research, patient care and advocacy.