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.

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Upcoming Events

Apply for a P3R Movement Grant

The P3R Movement Grant is a unique grant opportunity that is open to any youth (individual 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!

To apply for and learn more about P3R Movement Grants visit

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. 

Recipients were selected based on a combination of school involvement, athletic participation, academics, community service, leadership and essay questions.

Congratulations to Grace Baldauff (Northgate High School), Zalayah Edwards (Fort Cherry High School),  Elisabeth Ervin (Valley High School),  William Flynn McCracken (West Mifflin High School) and Riley Pointkowski (Highlands High School)

The P3R Board of Directors recognized recipients during the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events VIP reception on May 5, 2023


MOVE Together to Win a $500 Grant for Your School

Training and participating in events is a great team-building exercise and is also great for conditioning. When you register for the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, FedEx Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, or the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon 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 last Year's YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Turkey Trot. Congratulations to Peters Township and Plum Borough School District for winning!

Webinar with Ultramarathoner and Mental Health Advocate, Greg Nance

On Thursday, February 16, Greg Nance spoke with teenagers and answered their questions in a live webinar. 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. Stay tuned for more events like this.

Watch the full webinar here

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!
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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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