Notre Dame Academy Traditions


Notre Dame Academy Traditions

Marathon – October 6, 2023

We are excited for our Marathon happening on October 6! This event has been a Catholic school tradition for 40 years and a Notre Dame Academy tradition since spring of 2014.

Participants will raise money for NDA by collecting donations and prayer intentions from family, friends and neighbors. This important fundraiser is one of the ways to help offset the gap between what is paid in tuition and the actual cost to educate a child. Student participants obtain donations from sponsors, and then walk or run the Marathon route at NDA. Our goal this year is to raise $45,000. All monetary proceeds collected by the participants and sponsors are given directly to the school.

Students can also collect prayer intentions that will be prayed for at a school Mass and then brought to the Shrine of our Lady of Champion by the 8th Graders. These intentions will be prayed for at the Shrine over the next year.

The students will walk and/or run the route together on school grounds (approximately one-half mile each lap) beginning at 2:30pm for about 45 minutes. We are excited for them to participate regardless of their ability to collect donations.


How To Collect Intentions and Donations

We ask you to discuss with your children your rules for safety regarding asking sponsors for intentions and donations. Encourage them to ask family, friends, neighbors or other people the students already know. Consider contacting coaches, parishioners, and alumni of NDA. Write out a personal message about your school to share with your family, friends, and neighbors or create a short video to share with out-of-town friends and family and encourage them to donate online!

Ask sponsors who make a donation if their employer will match the donation. This is an easy way to increase your donation and every gift matters! Please send Liz Flom an email at lflom@nda-mn.org with the information to expect the match. Be sure to tell your sponsors their donations are tax deductible. NDA will mail tax receipts for donations over $100.

Students with cash or check donations may turn in their Marathon envelope each Wednesday in the weeks leading up to Marathon or ask sponsors to donate online. We thank you in advance for your support of our school and this event! Donations by check can be made out to Notre Dame Academy. Please mail the checks to: Notre Dame Academy, 13505 Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka, MN 55345 and note Marathon on the memo line.


All School Prizes

As we work towards our final goal, we will have incentives attached to all school prizes.

  • $15,000 – Everyone receives a Marathon t-shirt
  • $25,000 – Friday Spirit Wear Days
  • $35,000 – Ice Cream Truck Visit
  • $45,000 – A Surprise from Fr. John and Fr. Paul


Fall Family Festival

After our Marathon, we will celebrate with families during our Marathon Fall Family Festival, hosted by our Home and School Committee. The family event will take place on Friday, October 6, from 4:15-6:30pm on the playground parking lot.



Contact Information

Notre Dame Academy
13505 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Phone: 952-358-3500
Fax: 952-935-2031

Lion's Lair Direct Line: 952-388-6777

Doors open at 8:40 a.m.

School Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:55 p.m.

Preschool Hours:
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

School Mass:
Wednesdays and Holy Days at 9:15 a.m. Livestreamed via IHM.

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