Founded in 2004, Kids Run the OC is one of the nation's largest youth running and fitness programs. The OC Marathon Foundation created Kids Run the OC to inspire kids to fitness, promote a healthy lifestyle and combat the onset of childhood obesity. The ten week youth fitness program concludes with the children running their Final Mile at the annual OC Running Festival. Over 9,200 kids participated in the Final Mile in 2018 and more than 65,000 students have participated since 2004.
Running USA named Kids Run the OC "Youth Program of the Year" and awarded the foundation with a $10,000 grant to help grow the effort, provide scholarships to low-income students, and help offset costs for additional certified coaches and staff.