Children from 180 Area Schools Complete the Kids of STEEL Program

Kids and their families celebrated the end of the program by crossing the finish line of the family-friendly races at this year’s Virtual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Children from 180 local schools completed the Kids of STEEL program, a free training program that motivates kids and their families to get moving. As part of this award-winning program from P3R, participants ran or walked 25 training miles during an eight-week period. More than 3,000 of this year’s program participants celebrated the end of the program by running in the Virtual Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon. 

“Even though the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon moved to a virtual space this year, it was amazing to see that so many families were inspired to keep moving and cross the finish line together at this year’s Virtual Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “We are so proud of this year’s participants for their determination to complete the Kids of STEEL Program and accomplish their goal this spring.”  

Not only is Kids of STEEL inspiring a life-long love of running for participants, but it’s also inspiring the whole family to move. In a recent survey, 58 percent of Kids of STEEL parents said their physical activity increased because of their child’s participation in the program.

“We love hearing from parents that the Kids of STEEL program has inspired them to join their kids as they track their activity for the Kids of STEEL mileage log,” said Leslie Turis, P3R Director of Youth Programming. “It’s so exciting to see parents make race weekend a family celebration of fitness by joining their kids in their last mile or even signing up for their own races.” 

Since launching in 2011, Kids of STEEL keeps growing and more than 50,000 children have become official Kids of STEEL. Click here to view photos of this year’s participants completing their virtual races. See list below of the participating schools in this year’s program.

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2020 Kids of STEEL Participating Sites

Avonworth (Avonworth Elementary, Avonworth Primary Center)

Baldwin-Whitehall (McClellan Elementary, Whitehall Elementary, Whitehall Kids of STEEL,

Beaver (College Square Elementary)

Beaver County (Dutch Ridge Elementary, Baden Academy Charter School)

Belle Vernon Area SD (Rostraver Elementary School)

Bethel Park (Memorial Elementary, W.E. Run/George Washington Elementary, Abraham Lincoln - Bethel Park, Ben Franklin Elementary, William Penn Elementary)

Blackhawk (Highland Middle School)

Brentwood Borough (Elroy Elementary)

Burrell Canon McMillan (Cecil Intermediate, North Strabane Intermediate School, Hills-Hendersonville, Wylandville Elementary, South Central Elementary)

Carlynton (Crafton Elementary School)

Central Greene (Waynesburg Central Elementary School)

Central Valley (Todd Lane Elementary)

Center of LifeChartiers Valley (Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, Chartiers Valley Middle School, Chartiers Valley Primary School)

Chartiers-Houston (Allison Park Elementary)

Connellsville Area (Springfield Clifford N Pritts)

Deer Lakes (Curtisville Primary, East Union Intermediate Center)

Diocese of Pittsburgh (Sacred Heart Elementary, St. James School, St. Louise de Marillac, St. Patrick School, St. Bernard School, St. John the Baptist)

Elizabeth Forward (Central Elementary, Greenock Elementary, Mt. Vernon Elementary, William Penn Elementary)

Ellwood CityFort Cherry (Fort Cherry Elementary)

Fox Chapel (Hartwood Elementary & Friends, KLASS, Kerr Elementary, O’Hara Elementary)

Franklin Regional (Newlonsburg Elementary)

Frazier (Frazier Elementary)

Freedom Area (Freedom Area Elementary)

Freeport Area (Buffalo Elementary, South Buffalo Elementary, Freeport Area Middle)

Gateway (University Park)

Greenfield School

Hampton (Wyland Elementary, Central Elementary)

Hopewell Area (Hopewell Elementary, Hopewell Memorial Junior High, Independence Elementary)

Jubilee Christian School

Keystone Oaks (Dormont Elementary, Aiken Elementary, Keystone Oaks Middle School, Myrtle Avenue Elementary)

Liberty K-5Mars (Mars K-6th Grade)

McGuffey (Joe Walker Elementary)

Minadeo ElementaryMontour (Montour Elementary)

Moon (Allard Elementary, Hyde Elementary, J.H. Brooks Elementary)

Mt. Lebanon (Jefferson Elementary, Stephen C. Foster, Hoover Elementary, Howe, Lincoln Elementary, Markham Elementary, Washington Elementary)

Mushroom Family Learning Center

New Brighton (New Brighton Elementary School)

North Allegheny (Bower Hill Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Hosack Elementary, Ingomar Elementary, Bradford Woods Elementary, Marshall Elementary School, McKnight Elementary School, Peebles Elementary)

North Hills (Highcliff Elementary, McIntyre Elementary, Ross Elementary, West View Elementary)

Northgate (Avalon Elementary School)

Norwin (Sunset Valley Elementary)

Penn Christian Academy

Penn-Mont AcademyPeters Township (Pleasant Valley Elementary School, McMurray Elementary)

Pine Richland (Hance Elementary, Eden Hall Upper Elementary School)

PitCare, Inc.

Falk Laboratory School

Sewickley Academy

Shady Side Academy

Campus School of Carlow University

Environmental Charter School

Portersville Christian School

Urban Pathways College Charter, K-5Riverside Beaver County

Seneca Valley (Evans City Elementary, Evans City Middle School, Haine Elementary, Haine Middle School, Rowan Elementary, Connoquenessing Valley Elementary)

Shaler Area (Scott Primary, Burchfield Primary, Marzolf Primary, Reserve Primary, Shaler Area Elementary School)

Slippery Rock (Slippery Rock Area Elementary)

Somerset Area (Golden Eagle Running Club)

South Allegheny (South Allegheny Middle School)

South Fayette Township (South Fayette Intermediate, South Fayette Township Elementary)

South Park (South Park Elementary)

Southeastern Greene (Blackhawk Intermediate)

St. Thomas More

Steel Valley (Barrett Elementary, Park Elementary)

The Winchester Thurston School

Trinity Area (Trinity East Elementary)

Upper St. Clair (Baker Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Streams Elementary School)

West Allegheny (Donaldson Elementary, McKee Elementary)

West Jefferson Hills (Gill Hall Elementary, Jefferson Intermediate, McCormick Elementary)

Williamsburg Community (Williamsburg Elementary School)

Woodland Hills (Edgewood Primary)