About Running for Premature Babies

Running for Premature Babies was set up in 2007 by Sophie Smith after she and her late husband Ash lost their first-born triplet sons, Henry, Jasper and Evan, following an extremely premature birth at 24 weeks.

Since then, thousands of people have run for the cause, raising more than $4 million for lifesaving neonatal equipment and research giving thousands of premature babies a better chance of survival. 

The Running for Premature Babies Foundation is a registered Australian Charity supporting neonatal units in hospitals around the country.

Join the Premmie Marathon Challenge this November

Challenge yourself to get out and run (or walk) a 42km marathon or 100km ultramarathon in a day, a week, or a month this November and give premature babies a better chance of survival.

Help us raise $250,000 for lifesaving neonatal equipment for neonatal units around Australia.

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Our newest Ambassador

We welcome Lachy Gillespie, The Purple Wiggle, as our newest charity ambassador. Watch this sweet welcome video featuring some very special children who began their lives prematurely and benefitted from our charity's equipment.  He recently visited the Royal Hospital for Women's Neonatal Unit to see the impact the charity has made to this hospital.  Read more here.  

How you can help

Support our cause by joining one of our virtual or physical events, creating your own challenge, donating your birthday/wedding or other special occasion, becoming a regular giver or simply making a donation.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more or get involved. 

Everyrone who raises over $200 will receive our team singlet and cap.

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6000 babies

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Recent Updates

Our newest Ambassador

We welcome Lachy Gillespie, The Purple Wiggle, as our newest charity ambassador. Watch this sweet welcome video featuring some very special children who began their lives prematurely and benefitted from our charity's equipment.  He recently visited the Royal Hospital for Women's Neonatal Unit to see the impact the charity has made to this hospital.  Read more here.