Kids of STEELHealthy Lifestyles for Every Season

A Year-Round Program

Kids of STEEL (KOS) is an award-winning, free youth physical activity and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in children. Our training plans are geared towards age-appropriate exercise and healthy eating habits. During the training period, children will:
  • Complete physical activity and nutrition goals based on their chosen training plan
  • Learn the benefits of setting a goal, training for the goal and achieving that goal
  • Track activity and nutrition goals on a training log and turn it in for a finisher prize
Children are encouraged (though not required) to complete the program by registering for a designated P3R event depending on the training program and season. Check out our Kids of STEEL Races page for more details.

Our Spring season races during the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.
  • UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run 
  • Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon 
  • Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot
Learn more about the upcoming Kids of STEEL Spring Program.

Meet the Kids of STEEL Team

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite activity: Yoga
Favorite food: Dark chocolate
Fun fact: I know all the words to the Canadian National Anthem...thanks to growing up 20 minutes from the border.
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: The people are so friendly and helpful! 

Michele started as a water stop volunteer at the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon and has helped shape the Kids of STEEL program since 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Behavior from West Virginia University and an Associate degree as a Dietetic Technician from the Community College of Allegheny County. Michele is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Hometown: Greensburg, PA
Favorite activity: Splitting wood in his backyard
Favorite food: French fries
Fun fact: I won a sushi eating contest
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: The traffic...not really!

Nick was first introduced to P3R through his work with the Freddie Fu bike team as a handcycle escort on Marathon Sunday. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Seton Hill University and is a Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In his spare time, Nick works with clients through Fischer Nutrition and volunteers his time teaching nutrition throughout the community. He is an amateur cyclist with Flat Tire Bike Company.

Hometown: Weirton, WV
Favorite activity: Running
Favorite food: Pizza
Fun fact: I still hold 6 track and field records at my alma mater
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: Running the trails around town

Stewart was a three-time All-American track athlete in college and holds six track records at his alma mater. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and is a Level 1 Certified Coach through USA Track and Field. Coach Jones continues to compete at regional track events in his specialty event, the steeplechase.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Favorite activity: Old-school aerobic videos
Favorite food: Red peppers
Fun fact: I’m a triplet! I have a sister (Alyse) and a brother (Sam)
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: Everything...especially the sports teams!

Kara joined the P3R team in February 2017 and brings data management skills to the team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and master’s degree in Public Health from West Virginia University. Prior to P3R, Kara was a program coordinator for a West Virginia childhood obesity study through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.