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.

Australian Outback Marathon

Australian Outback Marathon

31 Jul 2021

Our team is travelling to Uluru to run the Australian Outback Marathon in July 2021 to raise funds for two lifesaving humidicribs urgently needed by the Alice Springs hospital. Join us and help give premature babies born in the Northern Territory a better chance of survival! Set up your fundraising page today and register for the event when registrations open later in the year.
Gold Coast Marathon Festival 2020

Gold Coast Marathon Festival 2020

3 Jul - 4 Jul 2021

Gold Coast

Join Running for Premature Babies and compete in the Gold Coast Marathon Festival in 2020
Kids Fun Run - Brisbane POSTPONED. New date coming soon

Kids Fun Run - Brisbane POSTPONED. New date coming soon

A fun family event for children aged 2-12! Enjoy an active & fun family morning with entertainers, cake stalls, coffee van & sausage sizzle! Each registered participant will receive a medal, T-shirt, goodie bag & giveaways! $15 per child.
RFPB Virtual Run

RFPB Virtual Run

17 May - 24 May 2020


We are holding a Running for Premature Babies Virtual run 17 - 24 May. Simply click the ‘Join Us’ button to register. Registration is free!

Running for Premature Babies is generously
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