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 2023!

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 his 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 2023 you support exactly this purpose.

Heart and lung training - our project for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2023

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 2023 you support the actual project and receive one of the limited starting places. Provided that not all places have been assigned yet.


Celebrate success

The Stiftung KinderHerz team will cheer for you at the running course in Berlin on September 24th, 2023. 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 central Berlin. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an event of the SCC EVENTS GmbH. A limited number of starting places are available to the Stiftung KinderHerz, which are distributed via charity fundraising campaigns.


You start a fundraising campaign and thus collect at least 660 euros in donations by August 24, 2023. Afterwards, you will receive a charity starting place from the KinderHerz Foundation - provided that not all places have been assigned yet. In addition, you will receive a "KinderHerz runner" -T-shirt from us. With this you are ready to start and you will receive a registration code from us to run as a KinderHerz runner through the finish line at the Brandenburg Gate.

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 ...

With your successful participation in our fundraising campaign for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2023, you support research projects in the field of pediatric cardiology. For example, cardiopulmonary training at the German Heart Center of the Charité (DHCZ) in Berlin.

By reaching the donation amount in time, you have successfully mastered the first stage goal: You will be competing for us in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2023 - provided that not all places have been assigned yet. We look forward to meeting you in person on site.

Every donor who supports your running campaign will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt for donations of 20 euros or more. For this we need the postal address. We are happy if you also contribute to your campaign. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to provide you personally with a donation receipt. For legal  reasons, your participation in the run is considered as a return for your donation.

Your fundraising campaign usually has a runtime of 60 days. After expiration, your fundraising campaign is marked as "beendet" ("finished") and the donation function is deactivated. However, you can extend the duration at any time. To do so, please use the secret edit link you received by email after you created your campaign.

Unfortunately, you will then not be able to start for the Stiftung KinderHerz. However, our little patients thank you for your commitment, because every donation helps!

Please note: Donations collected through your fundraising campaign cannot be refunded. This applies if the donation goal was not reached or unfortunately there is no longer a starting place available, which could happen in very rare cases.

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