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Questions about Kids of STEEL

What is the difference between Kids of STEEL and the Kids Marathon?

  • Kids of STEEL is a youth physical activity and nutrition program that provides training plans geared toward age-appropriate exercise and healthy eating habits. Each plan consists of a physical activity goal and a nutrition goal. Children complete their goals, track them on their training log, and turn that log in for a finishers prize.  You can sign up for Kids of STEEL and not participate in a race.
  • The Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is one of three races that children can participate in during the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events each year. You can participate in a race and not sign up for Kids of STEEL. 

I have at least one child attending a Kids of STEEL site that my other children don’t attend.  Can we list them at the same site when we register?
Yes!  Please let your child’s site coordinator know if you list siblings with their site. 

What do I do with my child’s completed Kids of STEEL training log?
Details on how to turn in logs based on the training season (spring, summer or fall) can be found on the bottom of the log. During the Spring program, logs can be turned in on race day OR to your Kids of STEEL site coordinator. Ask your coordinator for more details.

Questions about 5K (Marathon Weekend)

I've run with my child for free at the Kids Marathon. Is it the same for the 5K?
No. Anybody who wants to run in the 5K must pay and register for the event. Unlike the Kids Marathon, all 5K runners will receive a shirt, goody bag and medal. Participants 5-13 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (child and parent/guardian must both be registered).

Is there a family reunion area at the end of the 5K like there is at the Kids Marathon?
No. If you have a young child you are running with, please stay with them the entire time. 

How do I pick up our race items (race number, shirt and goody bag)?
You have two options:
  • Visit the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the Davld L. Lawrence Convention Center during Marathon weekend. Look for the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run booth.
  • Visit the 5K/Kids Marathon packet pick-up tent in Gold Lot 4 on race morning during Marathon weekend. Gold Lot 4 is at the corner of West General Robinson Street and Mazeroski Way.
What time does the race start?
The 5K starts at 8:00 AM and all participants will make their way toward the start line.

What should we bring on race morning?
  • Race number - Please complete the parent/guardian contact information on the back of your child’s race number before race day.  Race numbers need to be pinned to the front of the shirt for timing purposes.
  • Kids of STEEL training log - Bring the completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent at the Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line Festival in Point State Park to receive your child’s finisher prize if he/she didn't collect it at their Kids of STEEL site.
What fun stuff is available after the race?
Join us after the race for the Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line Festival in Point State Park. This family-friendly festival features an inflatable obstacle course and sports games, refreshments, special guests and more!

Are strollers, bikes or animals permitted on the course?
No. For safety reasons, strollers, bikes and animals are not allowed on the course.

Questions about Race Day - Kids Marathon

Can I run with my child/children?
Yes! Each child is allowed one (1) adult to run with them for FREE. During the registration process, please choose YES when asked if an adult will run with registrant on race day. 

If a second adult wants to participate with their child, additional adult entries are available race weekend only. Entries are $10 and may be purchased at the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon booth at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo Marathon weekend OR race day Marathon weekend at Packet Pickup booth near the start line on the North Shore. Proceeds benefit race registrations for underprivileged children.

How do Kids Marathon race numbers work? 
Each child will receive two race numbers whether you listed an adult was running with him/her or not. The numbers will match so you can leave the Kids Marathon Family Reunion Area quicker. If you will not run with your child but would like to wait with them in the corral before the race, please make sure you wear the adult number to access the corral. 

What is the Kids Marathon Family Reunion Area? 
As runners proceed through the Finish Line chute, there is a Family Reunion Area at the end. This is the area where volunteers will make sure children are released to a designated parent/guardian. Whether you run with your child OR you will wait for him/her at the end, all adults will need to show the corresponding race number to "claim" the child.

Below are two options for claiming your child:
  • If you are running with a child - accompanying adults will wear the race number that matches the child's number. Adults accompanying multiple children are required to have a ‘Kids Claim’ tag for each child in order to exit the Family Reunion Area.
  • If your child is running without an adult - please be sure to detach the ‘Kid Claim’ tag from the bottom of your child's race number before the start of the race. Adults are required to provide the 'Kids Claim' tag to appropriate race volunteers in order for your child to exit the Family Reunion Area. Adults reuniting with more than one child is required to provide the ‘Kids Claim’ tag for each child in order to exit the Family Reunion Area.  
YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.  PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR CHILD CLAIM PROCESS AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE FAMILY REUNION VOLUNTEERS.

Where do I pick up my child's race number and shirt? Do I get a shirt too? 
Kids of STEEL sites have the option to receive their students' race numbers and t-shirts prior to race day. If your child attends a Kids of STEEL site, please check with your site coordinator to see if they will be taking advantage of this option. Otherwise, details on race packet pick up will be shared closer to race weekend. 

Shirts, medals and goody bags are only for registered children. Adults receive the priceless family memory!

When should we arrive on race day?
The first race heat is at 9:30 AM and subsequent heats will follow. Race heats will be posted March 2019.

How do we get on the course?
For the safety of all participants, all children and adults who want to be in the race corrals must have a KIDS MARATHON race number. You will not be allowed into the corrals without a KIDS MARATHON race number. Even if you are waiting with a child who will run by themselves, you must wear the adult race number provided with your child's race number to access corrals. 

What should we bring on race morning?
  • Race number for you and your child - please complete the emergency contact information on the back of your child's race number before race day. Race numbers need to be pinned to the front of the shirt.
  • Kids of STEEL training log - bring the completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent at the Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line Festival in Point State Park to receive your child’s finisher prize if he/she didn't collect it at their Kids of STEEL site.
  • Hydration - there are no water stops on the Kids Marathon course. We will have water available for runners in the Finish Line area. You are welcome to bring your own hydration for your run.
  • Photo of your child in race day attire (optional)- take a picture of your child with your cell phone that morning. If you and your child become separated, you can show the photo to race officials. If you cannot take a photo, remember what they wore in case you need to share that with race officials.
Is the Kids Marathon a timed race?
No. If your child's time is important to him/her, please use a watch or phone app to keep track of the time.

What fun stuff is available after the race?
Join us after the race for the Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line Festival in Point State Park. This family-friendly festival features an inflatable obstacle course and sports games, refreshments, special guests and more!

Are strollers, bikes or animals permitted on the course?
No. For safety reasons, strollers, bikes and animals are not allowed on the course.

Questions about Race Day - Toddler Trot

Can I run with my child/children?
Yes! Parents should plan on running or following behind their child.

Where do I pick up my child's race number and shirt? 
You can pick up at two locations:
  • Visit the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo during Marathon weekend. Look for the Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot booth.
  • Visit the Kids of STEEL tent in the Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line festival at Point State Park on race morning.
When is my child running?
You chose a race heat during the Toddler Trot registration process. Please refer to your confirmation email or your child's race number to see what heat you chose.

Will my younger toddler run with an older toddler?
Each heat will be split up by ages. We will gather kids of the same age together to run at the same time. 

Where is the course?
The course is at Point State Park. Look for the banners at the start line. 

What fun stuff is available after the race?
Join us after the race for the Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line Festival in Point State Park. This family-friendly festival features an inflatable obstacle course and sports games, refreshments, special guests and more!

Are strollers permitted on the course?
No. For safety reasons, strollers will be parked on the side of the course.