Project RUN

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. 

About Project RUN

Project RUN is our way of giving back to the neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh.

To help schools and community organizations establish Kids of STEEL sites in their neighborhoods, P3R staff will work with a designated staff member for at least 1 spring season (January-race day in May) with an optional summer season as well. During the spring season, children at these designated sites will receive:

  • FREE Weekly activity coaching and nutrition education lessons to help them complete their Kids of STEEL training plan. P3R's USATF Level 1 Coach and Registered Dietitian will lead the efforts at the site.
  • FREE registrations to either the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon or UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run.
  • FREE transportation for all children and families to get to/from the site to races.

Site Selection

The past 4 years of Project RUN have taught us a lot. The children have taught us listening to them is really important. Site coordinators have taught us about the need for individualized programming for their sites. To ensure we provide the best programming for these sites, our team has developed a Wishlist of what we’re looking for in a Project RUN. site.


  • Must be a school with 40 percent or more students receiving free and reduced lunch or a community organization working with children from a school district with 40 percent of more students receiving free and reduced lunch.
  • The designated staff member must attend all practices and will actively participate in practice sessions and nutrition lessons.
  • The site must have all program registrations completed and “team” set before the first day of coaching in February. There will be no additional registrations taken after practices have started and we will only work with those children registered for the program.
  • Must have an appropriate-sized indoor space that we will have access to exclusively use during our scheduled 1-1 ½ hour practices.
  • Our programming must be operated separately from their current programing. If there are kids who do not want to participate they do not need to.


  • Due to the developmental differences of young children, our staff will work with children in grades 3-5 on the Kids Marathon program OR children in grades 6-8 on the 5K program.
  • Clubs will be limited to no more than 20 students.
  • Sites located within 10 mile radius of P3R offices (810 River Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15212).
  • Sites will have completed one year of the Kids of STEEL program.
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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.