P3R Selected to Receive Grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation for Project R.U.N. Program

Written by Erin Carlin on January 23, 2018

The $25,000 grant will allow P3R to expand the Kids of STEEL program to urban neighborhoods in Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) was recently selected to receive a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The $25,000 grant will support Project R.U.N. (Reaching Urban Neighborhoods), a P3R initiative that brings enhanced Kids of STEEL programing to urban neighborhoods in and around the City of Pittsburgh.

“While the Kids of STEEL program is made available to kids throughout western Pennsylvania, we realized very few Kids of STEEL sites were located in and around the City of Pittsburgh a few years back,” said Michele Nichols, P3R Youth Program Manager. “We created Project R.U.N. to provide additional resources and support to urban sites struggling to enroll children in the Kids of STEEL program.”

This spring, up to 160 children from eight schools and community organizations in and around the City of Pittsburgh will participate in Project R.U.N. and complete the award-winning Kids of STEEL program. The goal of the program is to inspire children to make healthy lifestyle changes by emphasizing quality nutrition choices and the importance of physical activity. To help reach these goals, each of the eight schools will receive:

  • FREE weekly activity coaching and nutrition education lessons to help kids complete their Kids of STEEL training plan. P3R’s USATF Level 1 Coach and Registered Dietitian will lead the efforts at each site.
  • FREE registrations to either the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon or UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, which are part of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.
  • FREE transportation for all children and families to race weekend events in downtown Pittsburgh.

“The Richard King Mellon Foundation grant will allow us to expand the reach of Project R.U.N. and ensure no child is denied the opportunity to participate in the Kids of STEEL program,” said Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO and Race Director. “The award-winning, free youth physical activity and nutrition program is our way of giving back to the neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh.”

For more information about Kids of STEEL and Project R.U.N., visit kidsofsteel.org.

About Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at www.P3R.org.

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About Kids of STEEL
Kids of STEEL, launched in 2011, 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. Children choose training plans based on the season (spring, summer or fall) and complete the appropriate physical activity and nutrition goals. More than 24,000 children in western Pennsylvania have learned what it takes to be a Kid of STEEL. The program currently has over 130 sites in Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Erie, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Learn more at www.KidsOfSteel.org.

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