Join the largest fundraising team in the SMH Half Marathon on May 17, 2015

Who: Running for Premature Babies is a special running group set up in 2007 by a very inspiring Mum, Sophie Smith, after she and Ash lost their first-born triplet sons, Henry, Jasper and Evan, following an extremely premature birth at 24 weeks.

What: To keep the spirit of her boys alive and ensure something good came from their lives, the Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith Trust Fund was created by the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation to support the equipment and research needs of the Royal’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where they were born.

How: We organise a team to run in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon each year. By joining, everyone commits to raising as much money as they can to give the more than 1000 premature and critically ill babies born at the Royal Hospital for Women each year a better chance at survival. 

Sophie and Ash Smith and their sons Harvey and Owen

Why join our team? 

While running for a common fundraising cause everyone has a personal goal:

  • To run in memory of a precious baby who died

  • To celebrate a special baby who survived prematurity
  • To run for people whose lives have been affected by prematurity
  • Just for fun
  • To get or keep fit
  • To get behind a fantastic cause and help make a real difference.

Whatever it is, you’ll meet great people, make life-long friends, and help the spirit of Henry, Jasper and Evan continue to shine.

2016 goal: To raise $200,000 for research and equipment. Join us now

Mandi O'Sullivan-Jones, team coach and professional exercise physiologist

Mandi O'Sullivan-Jones, team coach and professional exercise physiologist

What you get for running

By joining Sophie’s very special team, you’ll help to save lives, meet a huge group of amazing, like-minded people and have loads of fun, while getting or keeping very fit to run those 21.1kms.

You'll also get: 

  • A comprehensive 16 week training program including weekly interval training and fortnightly long runs.
  • A Running Bare Team Singlet and Cap
  • Fun social events – team pizza and pasta nights, family BBQ, pre-race carb-loading dinner and the renowned team after party
  • Co-ordinated race day meeting spot and kit minding
  • Prizes for fastest, most dedicated, most inspiring, most improved.

How you can help us

By becoming a member of our special team, all you have to do in return is help us to raise funds - a minimum of $100 - for the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation's Henry, Jasper and Evan Smith Trust Fund. You can do this by asking friends, family and work colleagues to support you or by organising your own fundraiser. Find out more about fundraising

As an official fundraising team, when you sign up on the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon website, you’ll need to create your own fundraising page where you can set your minimum fundraising target, and off you go!

This trust fund provides money for life saving equipment and research for critically ill and premature babies in the NICU, in memory of Henry, Jasper and Evan.

Our achievements so far have been very humbling and speak for themselves.

Running for Premature Babies fast facts

Since 2007:

  • More than 1,500 runners have joined our team
  • We’ve raised over $1.5 million
  • We’ve bought 26 pieces of life saving equipment for the Royal's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
  • More than 1,800 babies have directly benefited.
  • We've enabled the hospital to achieve greatly improved outcomes for tiny and critically ill babies.
  • We've helped create a NICU that now has a 'best in state' level of equipment.
  • We've won the trophy for the fastest charity team in the event for the race 3 years in a row.



Honouring all the brave babies & children from our Running for Premature Babies Half Marathon Team 2013. 

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