Hit The Ground Running with Jr. Running Camp

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Summer has arrived, and there is no better place to spend it than at the Kids of STEEL Junior Running Camp. Sponsored by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R), this four-week camp is the perfect place for your child to learn about running and have fun at the same time. Coaches encourage physical activity, teach kids about healthy snacks and play games that will have your child laughing until you pick them up to go home.

At Junior Running Camp, kids will receive instructions on physical activity and nutrition that will last a lifetime. Aside from the obvious health benefits, kids who are physically fit sleep better. They're also better able to handle physical and emotional challenges, from running to catch a bus to studying for a test.

Junior Running Camp is geared toward kids entering grades 4-7 for the 2018-19 school year. Though the North Park location is at capacity, spots still remain for the South Park location. Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week in South Park from July 3 through July 26, each session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $100 per child, which includes a camp t-shirt and FREE entry for the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday, July 20, a fun night time race in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh.

Camp coaches and volunteers are avid runners ready to teach your child about running based on age and ability level. This year’s coaches include:
 
  • Stu Jones, P3R's Youth Outreach Coordinator and Project R.U.N. coach. This USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach was previously an All-American track athlete at Wheeling Jesuit University. He continues to run and compete at national club-level events.
     
  • Nick Fischer, RD, LDN, P3R's Event and Program Dietitian, who is also a coach and nutrition consultant with USA Cycling. When he is not competing in endurance cycling events, he educates communities, individuals and athletes on how to make healthy diet choices that still taste good and help them save money.
     
  • Kara Viggiano, P3R's Youth Program Coordinator and avid fan of aerobic videos! She is our go-to coach for fun games and creative ways with food.
     
  • Jen Cicchini, an ambassador and pacer with P3R’s Steel City Road Runners. When she's not representing SCRR, she is working as a Life Skills teacher at Monessen Elementary Center.
Sheryl Strobl’s two sons enjoyed learning from these coaches at Junior Running Camp last summer. According to Strobl, “One of the highlights was the healthy snacks provided at each session. Even though we eat healthy at home, it's good for the boys to hear advice from certified professionals.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states the percentage of children and teens affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, “so having coach-led running activities and a nutritionist teach kids about eating right at camp is priceless.”

Click here to sign up before the camp reaches capacity. 
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