Due to COVID 19 many official race events have been cancelled so instead we are holding a Running for Premature Babies Virtual Race (17 - 24 May), with race distances from 2km to 21km.  Join us for a virtual run where we can come together while staying apart, while keep physically and mentally healthy, and raise funds for lifesaving neonatal research and equipment.

Lifesaving neonatal equipment is needed more than ever during a health crisis, and our RFPB funded research projects nearing completion are relying on one more year of funding so their exciting breakthroughs in neonatal care can be shared Australia and world wide.

Running is good for not only your physical health but your mental health too. We hope that during these challenging times you will support our charity, by running for us and raising what you can. We understand times are tough, but every little bit counts and together we can still make a difference to the lives of premature and critically ill babies.

About Running for Premature Babies

RFPB was set up in 2007 by Sophie Smith after she and 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 with the team, supporting the research and equipment needs of the Royal Hospital for Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), raising more than $3 million.

In 2017 Running for Premature Babies became an Australian registered charity with a vision to expand to support hospitals with NICUs around the country.

$3.5 million

has been raised since 2007

5500 babies

have benefitted from equipment purchased with RFPB funds

4000 people

have run with our team

How you can help

Since 2007 we've fielded the biggest fundraising a team in the SMH Half Marathon in May! Due to increased demand from our runners we've extended our events list with a few exciting local and inter-state events.

But you can make a one-off or recurring donation any time, join our other events (see below) throughout the year, celebrate a birthday, birth or raise funds in memory of a child or baby who has passed away. You can even fundraise at your own event.

Running for Premature Babies is generously
supported by the following partners

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