Project R.U.N.Reaching Underserved Neighborhoods

There can be many barriers for youth who want to participate in Kids of STEEL. Whether the barrier is cost, transportation, footwear or adult support, no child should be denied the opportunity to participate. P3R wants to give all children the full Kids of STEEL experience. 

Project R.U.N. Launched in 2014

In the First Year

In 2014, children from Bethany House Academy in Northview Heights, Pittsburgh Lincoln Elementary in Homewood and Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg participated in the inaugural Project R.U.N. program.

As part of the program, P3R provided children and their families at these sites with the following:
  • 16 weeks of Kids of STEEL programming with activity led by an experienced running coach and food tastings prepared by a Registered Dietitian
  • Complimentary registrations for the 2015 Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
  • $500 in grant money to transport children and family members to the 2015 Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
  • 40 pairs of running shoes

Project R.U.N Expands

Partnership with fitUnited begins

In 2016, P3R began collaborating with fitUnited, an initiative of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, on Project R.U.N. The program expanded to 9 sites in 2016. P3R and fitUnited facilitated a physical activity and nutrition education curriculum that provided children with resources to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The successful partnership between fitUnited and P3R has enabled Project R.U.N. to expand throughout Allegheny County. Programming has increased to fifteen sites for the 2017 school year.  This expansion allows P3R and fitUnited to provide more children with the knowledge of how to practice healthy habits. fitUnited continues to support Project R.U.N. by providing each enrolled child with complimentary registrations for the 2017 Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, a new pair of running shoes and ingredients for food tastings during nutrition education sessions. In addition, P3R provides Project R.U.N. participants free transportation to the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon in May.  We are proud to continue to work toward getting children to the start line of healthy habits!



The cooking program was a great introductory class for our young people and their parents. The emphasis on teaching them good basic cooking skills along with how to prepare healthy, nutritious and delicious dishes that they can create for themselves and or a family was a great idea. Hopefully by learning this way, they will develop a passion for good food that will last them a lifetime.The low cost dishes like the grilled salmon, chicken, and hearty vegetables were a big hit that they all seemed to enjoy. The children and parents really enjoyed themselves and the feedback was wonderful. The meals were enjoyed by all, and it was great to see the ASP students taking so much pride in their work. ~ Cathy Key, Children's Ministry Assistant
Just wanted to say thank you for everything. Those shoes had nearly all of our children going for the 1 mile kids record. How this for a laugh. I asked why are y'all taking off the shoes and they say "we are returning them." They thought the shoes were only for the race and then when I said the shoes are yours to keep thanks to Kids of STEEL, the joy overflowed. ~ Keith Murphy, Bethany House Academy
I love that we can get exercise and that we get more healthy. And, we can know how to exercise when we grow up, so we can stay healthy and live a long life. ~ Ariana, age 10

Project R.U.N. a Kids of STEEL Program

Kids of STEEL is a physical activity and nutrition program designed to motivate children to pursue quality nutrition and an active lifestyle by incorporating exercise and healthy eating habits into their daily routine. 
P3R wants every child in Southwestern Pennsylvania to have access to the Kids of STEEL program.