The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is a globally successful running initiative for primary schools and kindergartens. The Vienna City Marathon and the SLW (Sport- und Leichtathletikclub Wien) brought this fun idea to Austria in 2019. The Daily Mile gets children out of the classroom to run at their own pace for 15 minutes. This makes them fitter, healthier and more focussed in class and in life. 95 schools and kindergartens across Austria are taking part. We are working on getting many more to join in.

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Fitness & health for children

The Daily Mile makes a difference. It's simple, effective and free. It promotes children's physical and mental health. It helps improve academic performance and is simply fun. The Daily Mile is an inclusive social activity and involves no extra work for teachers.

Big impact

The Daily Mile was launched by Scottish teacher Elaine Wyllie because she realised that children were often unable to concentrate and found simple physical activities difficult. Her small initiative had a big impact. Today, more than 12,000 schools and kindergartens in 80 countries around the world take part in the programme. The legendary 1:59 marathon runner and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is a global ambassador for this movement.
How The Daily Mile works:
  • 15 minutes of running or walking outdoors
  • Strengthens fitness, concentration and immune system
  • Simple and free
  • A great social activity
  • Easy to do in between lessons
  • Exercise outside together with friends

Thank you

Thank you to all the teachers, after-school carers, after-school teachers and kindergarten teachers who make The Daily Mile possible!

We want to get this idea out there and spread it further. The Daily Mile is perhaps more important than ever. Because we as a community need a sports and exercise campaign.