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mini marathons

about mini marathons

The fun of a dance marathon is not just for college students! Mini dance marathons are shorter versions of our DM at SDSU event that can be hosted at local K-12 schools. While not all night long, mini dance marathons still contain all the elements that make DM at SDSU so much fun. Participants get to enjoy free food, entertainment, dancing and special guests, but also have the opportunity to hear from the local families that their fundraising efforts directly benefit. Like DM at SDSU, mini dance marathons are year-long fundraising efforts to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. 


DM at SDSU is proud to partner with Carlsbad High School and Vista High School to plan and execute the annual Lancerthon mini dance marathons, and is excited to grow relationships with other local elementary, middle and high schools to host similar events in the future. 

 why should my school host

a mini marathon? 

Mini dance marathons are a fantastic leadership opportunity for students, and offer not only the chance to become involved with a local cause, but also to connect with SDSU and develop relationships with college students as they prepare for their own transition to higher education.

How can my school raise money

for a mini marathon?

Fundraising ideas can be generated by the students themselves to best accommodate the unique atmosphere of your school. The DM at SDSU Board will also assist with brainstorming and coordinating different fundraisers. A few ideas that have been successful in the past include Penny Wars, selling carnations or candy grams, Pie Your Teacher, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, restaurant nights, student-vs-teacher tournaments, car washes and color runs. 


Some ideas work better for one school over another, and any idea has the potential for success. Fundraising events should be planned all school-year long leading up to the Dance Marathon event itself. If you cannot host a Mini-DM at your school, any fundraiser benefiting DM at SDSU is greatly appreciated.

get involved

If you are interested in hosting a mini dance marathon and/or a fundraising event to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital in collaboration with Dance Marathon at SDSU, please contact our Director of Marathon Relations,  Lauren Salaz, at with the following information:





School Name

School Address

What your school is interested in planning (mini dance marathon or fundraising event)

Any ideas you’d like to implement

Any comments or questions

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Carlsbad High



Vista High


contact us

Lauren Salaz, Director of Marathon Relations -

Amanda Grubb & Angelyn Solis, Mini Marathon Coordinators -

Coby Wentzler, Vice President of Financial Affairs -

Liv Hansen, Executive Director -

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