RUN Varsity

Let's Get MOVING!

About RUN Varsity

RUN Varsity is the P3R program designed to support, educate and encourage teenage runners. While middle schoolers aspire to run for their school’s varsity team and high school runners compete at the varsity level, all teenagers are welcome at RUN Varsity events. RUN Varsity is the natural transition following P3R's award-winning youth program, Kids of STEEL. RUN Varsity does not interfere with athletes' normal school sports seasons, but in turn supplements them with summer events, grant opportunities, and educational components such as webinars, videos, and in-person events.

Upcoming Events

Webinar with Ultramarathoner and Mental Health Advocate, Greg Nance

On Thursday, February 16, from 6 pm-7 pm, Greg Nance will be speaking in a webinar for teenagers. In 2022 Nance took a 3,156-mile run across the United States to raise awareness of youth mental health. Struggling with depression and substance abuse as a teen, running and volunteering helped Nance get back on track. If you want to learn from Greg's experiences, register now for this special one-time webinar.

1 - Long distance running tips
2 - Mental toughness and how to use it during your training
3 - Conquering stress management
4 - How to be an inspiration to others 
5 - Importance of volunteerism

Register for the webinar here

P3R Board of Directors' Scholarship

The P3R Board of Directors' Scholarship has been established to recognize and support graduating high school seniors who inspire others to MOVE. This scholarship will be awarded to students that demonstrate exceptional leadership and service, both through and beyond athletics. 

$25,000 has been allocated to be distributed to this year's recipients who will be selected based on a combination of school involvement, athletic participation, academics, community service, leadership and essay questions.

Submissions will be accepted starting January 16, 2023 through March 15, 2023. The P3R Board of Directors will recognize recipients during the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events VIP reception on May 5, 2023

Apply now.

New Grant Opportunities to Support Youth in Western Pennsylvania 

Our mission is to inspire any and all to MOVE! The P3R Movement Grant is a unique grant opportunity that is open to any and all youth (individual youth and youth organizations serving students under 19 years of age) regardless of sport or activity. If you need assistance with purchasing equipment, registration fees, hosting events, or anything that will help you and/or your team MOVE, this opportunity is for you! This grant can be awarded to individuals, teams, or for events. 

Click Here to learn more and apply.

5 Runners at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Turkey Trot, presented by UPMC Health Plan could win your team $500!

Trot together as a team! Training and participating in events is a great team-building exercise, and is also great for conditioning. When you register be sure to include your school name, each school with over 5 or more middle and high school-aged participants will be entered into a chance to win a $500 grant for their school or program.

 

We saw 26 local schools register 5 or more students at this year's event. Congratulations to Peters Township and Plum Borough School District for winning!

Check out the links below to all of our current content and guides!

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Find the UPMC Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training plan HERE
Find the UPMC Health Plan/ UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K training plan HERE!
Check out our latest 4RUN2 Varsity Blog!
Once kids start the Kids of STEEL program, they stay. Having something like RUN Varsity will help to keep them running.”
Coach Steph McFerron

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