A record of more than 200 schools and organizations are participating in the 2022 program that motivates kids and their families to get moving together
PITTSBURGH, PA – Thousands of children across Western Pennsylvania have started training for a “marathon” through Kids of STEEL, a free P3R training program that motivates kids and their families to get moving together. This year a record of more than 200 schools and organizations have committed to Kids of STEEL and will complete at least 25 training miles in preparation for the 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events, scheduled for April 29-May 1.
On Saturday, April 30, kids are invited to finish their “marathon” at the Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot (40 meters), Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon (1 mile) or UPMC Health Plan / UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K (3.1 miles). With more than 6,600 participants plus their parents in 2019, the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is one of the largest youth races in the country.
“P3R wants to inspire any and all to move with us, and we are proud that more than 50,000 children have completed Kids of STEEL since we launched the program in 2011,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “The program keeps growing, and we are thrilled to have a record number of Kids of STEEL sites in the region participating this year. We are committed to finding new and exciting ways to keep youth and families moving.”
Kids of STEEL is flexible enough to fit individual school needs and bring a structured fitness program into a variety of environments. Participating schools and organizations also have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 physical education grant and a transportation grant that provides busing to the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, ensuring all Kids of STEEL have the opportunity to make it to the start line.
More than 40,000 runners are expected to register for the 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Weekend of Events. For more information on Kids of STEEL, go to: p3r.org/programs/kids-of-steel.
About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events
The Pittsburgh Marathon was held annually from 1985-2003. After a five-year hiatus, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was relaunched in 2009 and debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. It has grown each year since, evolving from a single race day into a weekend of events for the whole family that annually attracts nearly 40,000 runners.
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P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to move with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org
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