P3R Middle School Run Clubs

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P3R is so excited to offer grants to help schools and organizations in establishing middle school run clubs! P3R Middle School Run Clubs have the opportunity to run 5Ks in the Spring (UPMC Health Plan / UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run)  and Fall (PIT FlyBy 5K presented by CNX Resources, Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race), in addition to taking on the Liberty Mile in the Summer! Our newly enhanced 5K training plan can help you get ready for a P3R event!

 

Why middle school?

  • Training as a team can help kids form connections with each other and with caring adults.
    • Middle school is a trying time for children: in addition to identity formation, academic trajectories tend to be established in middle schools. Activities outside the classroom – especially community engagement and sports – may help youth academically as they transition into middle school, especially low-income children
  • Running can result in classroom benefits!
    • Research shows that physical activity has a positive impact on academic performance among pre-teens. A study presented in the British Journal for Sports Medicine found that more time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity among 11 year old children resulted in better standardized test results when compared to less active children. A US study found that aerobically fit children outperform unfit peers in memory test.
  • Running is an easy, affordable way for kids to become active and for active kids, running address overspecialization and provides endurance and cross-training benefits.
    • Children’s cardiovascular fitness is declining according to American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. In the US, kids’ endurance fell an average of 6 percent each decade between 1970 and 2000. Kids today are approximately 15 percent less aerobically fit than their parents were as children. This effect is seen in kids' mile times: kids’ mile run times are a minute and a half slower than their peers 30 years ago. Running is an excellent means of conditioning the cardiovascular system. It is a highly aerobic activity that utilizes both fatty acids and carbohydrates for energy. The typical runner tends to have a slow resting pulse rate and a high maximal oxygen consumption. This means that kids who run are equipped to take on sports or reverse negative health trends.

To start a team, contact Leslie at leslie.turis@p3r.org

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