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 $3.5 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.


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

The concept is simple...

You choose the timeframe to complete your 42km marathon during November.  Choose a day, a week or a month.  Log the kms you run (or walk) to achieve your 42km goal within your set time frame.  Track your progress online through your personal fundraising page.

Everyone who raises $50 or more will receive a special finisher’s medal, as well as more rewards for our higher fundraisers.

This challenge is open to everyone - whatever your age or fitness level.  It's your challenge, complete it your way!

Entry is FREE so sign up today and get fit for a great cause!

$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

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.

Premmie Marathon Challenge

Premmie Marathon Challenge

1 Nov - 30 Nov 2020

November 2020
Location: Anywhere!
Sign up to complete a 42km marathon in a day, a week or a month! Open to all fitness levels, you do it your way!

Running for Premature Babies is generously
supported by the following partners

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