Fargo Marathon Charity Partnership

In 2010, Mark Knutson and Fargo Marathon, Inc. established its Shoes for Kids Campaign, aimed at supporting children across the Fargo community. Tragically, in July 2023, Mark’s untimely passing left a profound void in our hearts and in the community he held dear. In light of this enormous loss, the Knutson family kindly requests that donations be made to the charity Shoes for Kids in Mark’s memory, ensuring the continuation of his remarkable legacy and dedication to a cause that meant so much to him.

Scheels Shoes for Kids logo

Scheels Shoes for Kids

SHOES FOR KIDS MISSION STATEMENT: TO PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION – SHOES – TO CHILDREN OF ALL AGES SO THAT THEY CAN ENJOY THE FREEDOM, THE SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND THE PHYSICAL & MENTAL WELLBEING THAT COMES FROM THE SPORT OF RUNNING. It’s very easy for us to take things like shoes for granted, but the reality is that many students in our community don’t have the luxury of something as simple as a new pair of shoes. In some schools, the percentage is as much as 50%. As walkers and runners who participate in race events, we know how important shoes are. We believe that no child should have to “sit out” of gym or extra-curricular sports because he or she doesn’t have a pair of shoes! It’s also important for a child’s self-esteem! Remember the first day of school when you were a kid? You had those bright new shoes, and it was great! We believe every kid should have that same proud feeling.

Local Partnerships

So, we have partnered with some great companies in our community such as BCBS of North Dakota, Discovery Benefits, JDP Electric, Heat Transfer Warehouse and Dakota Medical Foundation, who have all helped make this possible. We are proud to say that over 12,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to children throughout our community so far.

Registration Donation

When you register for one of the events of the Fargo Marathon, you have the option to donate to Shoes for Kids, and we’d be grateful if you could. We need to keep kids running strong for years to come!

Get Involved

Want to buy a pair of shoes for a child in need? For only $30, you can help a child feel confident, comfortable, and encourage lifelong health and wellness by ‘buying’ a pair of shoes! Of course, we will accept any denomination of donation ~ 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Shoes for Kids campaign!