Everything starts with the right attitude

Start running for children with heart diseases now!

Running for a good cause!

You like being active in sports and at the same time committing yourself to a good cause? Stiftung KinderHerz makes it happen! Support us and take part in the BMW Berlin Marathon 2022!

We combine individual sportsmanship ...

Weeks of training, your running shoes are laced and the goal is in sight. You like to exercise and want to stay fit and healthy. But that's not enough for you!

... with personal commitment ...

You'd like to do something beneficial the next time you take part in a run and to change the future sustainably? With us by your side, you get involved in sports and assume social responsibility.

... and motivation for our cause

By registering you start a crowdfunding campaign as well: You become our running partner collecting donations from your network. These donations help us fund our projects and let you take part in the run, for they are literally your registration fee.

Strong athletes for weak hearts

We give children with heart diseases a voice

Around 8,700 children in Germany are born with a heart defect each year. A tough start in life. We help these "Herzkindern", as we call them, and give them a voice to grow tough and strong. Who knows, if maybe one day a little kid with a heart defect will see running as their hobby.

We support and encourage

In order to find new ways of diagnosis and therapy for the little fighters, we support innovative medical projects. Prevention in the field of children's heart cardiology is also very important. In various projects we actively support this in order to achieve a less restricted everyday life for young heart patients.

Fitness for heart children

Jumping, running, climbing - children and young people should move, should do sports. All children, including those with a congenital heart defect. With your fundraising campaign as part of the BMW Berlin Marathon 2022 you support exactly this purpose.

Heart and lung training - our project for the BMW Berlin Marathon 2022

With the devices financed by Stiftung KinderHerz, the patients start their 22-month training phase.

Vanessa gets an introduction to the handling of the ergometer.

Professional care and advice for patients is a basic requirement for proper training.

Active even with half a heart

Vanessa was born with a so-called half heart. A severe heart defect that can be corrected in several operations, but not be repaired. With continuous exercise, patients can actively counteract this process and even improve their performance. The basic prerequisite for this is professional support, for not all exercises are beneficial for their health. 

Sprints or static strain, for example, are counterproductive. Swimming, cycling and breathing exercises on the other hand show positive effects. When exercising below the individual maximum intensity, the body can adapt to the special conditions of the single-chamber circuit in the long term. The filling phase of the ventricle is prolonged, as the heart beats less quickly under stress. The movement of the muscles basically acts like a pump and supports the blood flow.

Individual training with heart defects

The goal of the researchers at the German Heart Institute Berlin is to introduce "Herzkinder" with only half a heart to a guided training programme based on an individually developed plan. The combination of breathing therapy and physical training is intended to make the young patients fitter for the challenges of an active everyday life. They should experience the personal limits they did not previously know and learn to activate their reserves without fear. 

The programme is intended to lay the foundation and motivate the participants to continue their training independently afterwards. An improvement of the cardio-pulmonary resilience and thus an increase in the attitude towards life is expected - as in the case of Vanessa, who enthusiastically participates. This training can be continued throughout their lives, so that children and young people with a unicameral heart are fitter for life.

You can learn more about the heart and lung training here:

Heart and lung training

(Only available in German language.)

Start running for our "Herzkinder"!

Get to know us

Get in touch with us without any obligation. We are happy to help with any questions you may have and to support you - even if it is not a running day.


secure a place on the grid

With the successful participation in our fundraising campaign for the BMW Berlin Marathon 2022 you support the actual project and receive one of the limited starting places.


Celebrate success

The Stiftung KinderHerz team will cheer you on at the running course in Berlin on September 25th, 2022. After completing the marathon, you will receive your medal to enjoy your success. You have achieved great things and helped the "Herzkinder" at the same time.


This is how it works in detail

42.195 kilometers - through Berlin

Requirement: You start a fundraising campaign and collect at least 660 Euros.

Afterwards you will receive a guaranteed starting place and a KinderHerz running shirt. Now you are ready to run through the finishing line at the Brandenburg Gate as a KinderHerz runner.

Important: Only those who have successfully completed a fundraising campaign by August 2022 will be registered by us and can start as member of the Stiftung KinderHerz team.

You collect the minimum donation amount of 660 Euros together with your family, friends and relatives. To do this, simply create a fundraising campaign on our website. You enter your data, upload a picture and write a motivational text. And off you go ...

By reaching the donation amount, you have successfully mastered the first stage goal: You will be competing for us in the BMW Berlin Marathon 2022. We look forward to meeting you in person on site.

Secure your place in the KinderHerz running team!

Contact us now!

Click here for an overview of all KinderHerz runners participating in this race. We're grateful for your commitment!

fundraising campaigns

Are you interested? Get in contact now!

Personal contact is important for us. As a longtime charity partner of various runs, you are in good hands with us! If you are interested, please feel free to send us an e-mail or give us a call.

Are you already registered directly through the organizer? Great, so you might be the next KinderHerz runner in our team! Register with us and turn your run into a charity run!

Bernd Gröne
Projektleitung Eventmanagement