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Running for Premature Babies – Premmie Marathon Challenge

Running for Premature Babies

Sophie Smith Running for Premature Babies

Read more: learn how to join a Waverley team to help a vital charity whilst getting fit!

The Running for Premature Babies charity was founded by a Waverley parent, and Australian of the Year, Sophie Smith, after losing her prematurely born triplets in 2006. The charity provides life-saving neonatal equipment and research to give premature babies a better chance of survival.

>>> Click here to watch Sophie’s recent interview on The Morning Show with charity ambassador Purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie:

The charity is holding their annual ‘Premmie Marathon Challenge’ this November and we encourage students, staff, parents, family members and Old Boys in our school community to get involved! 

The challenge is to run (or walk) a 42km marathon or a 100km ultramarathon over the month of November. The ‘twist’ is that you can elect to complete your chosen distance either over a day, a week or over the whole month, making it very achievable to everyone!  You can run anytime, anywhere – laps of your house, on a treadmill, at the local park or around your suburb.

Log the kms you run (or walk) to achieve your marathon goal within your set time frame. You can track your progress online through your personal fundraising page.

Why not have fun, get active during the COVID-19 lockdown, and achieve a fitness goal? It’s free to register and anyone who raises over $50 will receive a special finisher’s medal.

You will be helping to give critically ill and premature babies a better chance of survival. 

How Do I Join a Waverley Team?

>>> Click here to join the Waverley 42km marathon team.


>>> Click here to join the Waverley 100km ultramarathon team.

Simply click the purple JOIN US button sitting next to the social media buttons on the main banner at the top of the page.

>>> Click here to learn more about the challenge and hear Sophie Smith speak movingly about her vital work that has helped thousands of families. 


Ms Gemma Brown (Assistant Head of Science) and Ms Sophie Smith (Founder and Managing Director of Running for Premature Babies Charity)