Resources for CoachesInstilling lifelong, healthy habits in communities

As part of our mission to enhance community access to health and fitness education and activities, P3R actively seeks out opportunities to give back to our community. Our partners in these endeavors share the same commitment to making Pittsburgh a healthy community.

Mini Grants for Kids of Steel Teams

Funding for local communities

Because of our generous sponsors, we are able to award mini grants to schools or sites with Kids of Steel teams. To learn more, please contact Leslie Turis, Youth Program Manager at
  • New to 2018-19, we are awarding grants of up to $1000 to start or enhance a middle school run club!
  • Transportation grants are back! If you need help getting your team to race day, please apply for funding here.
  • PE Grants for elementary school teams will also be awarded to help coaches or teachers try something that they always wanted to in order to inspire their schools or community to fall in love with fitness. We will promote the work that our coaches do as a result of this funding so that others can get inspired!

American Development Program

Inspiring the Next Generation of Runners

The American Development Program is an initiative designed to increase exposure and racing opportunities for emerging American professional runners. P3R’s American Development Program is committed to supporting promising American athletes in the running industry.

The American Development Program inspires the next generation of runners by connecting professional athletes to the Pittsburgh community. Before competing at P3R events, American Development Program ambassadors visit and interact with local youth at schools, community programs and special P3R events.


  • Selected Kids of STEEL sites and professional runners competing during the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events are matched together as pen pals. The pen pals correspond throughout the spring and meet during the Pen Pal Picnic @ the Point on Friday of Marathon weekend. Past pen pals include top American Marathoners Clara Santucci and Tyler McCandless.
  • Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, along with professional milers Jordan McNamara and Heather Kampf served as honorary coaches during the 5-week GNC Live Well Liberty Mile training program for 120 elementary and middle school students participating in the Summer Dreamers Academy, a Pittsburgh Public Schools program.
  • Local top high school milers were invited to a special pre-race dinner with professional athletes competing in the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile. The professional athletes shared their experiences as runners to inspire and encourage the high school athletes in their future running pursuits.
  • Local junior high and high school athletes were invited to a pre-race shakeout run at Station Square with U.S. Half Marathon record holder Ryan Hall and 4-time World Championship team member Sara Hall.
  • More than 200 students at McClellan Elementary met Team USA Minnesota teammates Jon Grey, Jon Peterson and Gina Valgoi at a school assembly.


I wanted to say thank you in return for introducing me to such a great program like Kids of STEEL!  I truly believe this is a wonderful, well operated, and effective program for children to learn the benefits and ways of a healthy lifestyle. I applaud everyone who has worked so hard to make a difference in so many children's lives. I am honored to work with you and hope to work with you in the future. ~ Clara Santucci, two-time Pittsburgh Marathon female marathon champion