The GO! St. Louis Read, Right, & Run Marathon® (RRRM) was launched in 2001 and quickly gained national recognition, most recently recognized by RUNNING USA as the “2013 Youth Program of the Year.” The program’s goal is to develop reading-proficient, community-minded and physically fit children in grades K-8 by challenging them to READ 26 books, RIGHT the community with 26 good deeds, and RUN 26.2 miles over a 26 week period. It is a standards-based, sustainable, enrichment program that endorses and supports existing school curriculum.

After 26 weeks of hard work, the program culminates when the students complete their race day goals at our Annual Family Day in Forest Park. Students in grades K-5 will run either 1 or 2 miles on race day and students in grades 6-8 will complete a 5K.

More than 100,000 area students have accepted the challenge since the program was established in 2001. The Read, Right & Run Marathon® is open to schools and organizations in the St. Louis region.

For more information please call us at 314-727-0800 or email us

We’d like YOU to design the 2020 race bib for the Read, Right & Run Marathon! Click on the bib below to open a printable version. Then get out your markers or crayons and start your design! Download a copy of the bib HERE.

Mail completed race bibs to the GO! St. Louis office (300 Hunter Ave, Suite 110, St. Louis, MO 63124) by February 1, 2020 to be eligible for the contest.

The Read, Right & Run Marathon® is a registered event of GO! St. Louis and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner without the written consent of the GO! St. Louis management.

“Outside of giving kids a strong academic education this is one of the best things I have been involved in doing for kids.  To see the students work to accomplish and succeed at achieving a long term goal is just an awesome experience!”

– Principal, Montgomery City Elementary

“This was a huge opportunity for us to show our kids a healthier lifestyle, how hard work pays off, the sense of community/family as they did it as a group, and feeling like they accomplished something. “

– Coordinator, Christian Activity Center

In addition to reading 26 books and running 26 miles throughout the year, students are given the task to perform 26 good deeds in the community or with their family.  Fourth-grader C.J. is more willing to help with his least favorite chores around the house.

“Somethings I don’t want to do like … the dishwasher, and also take out the trash,” he said.

Click the video below to hear more about the Read, Right & Run Marathon program!