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A group of teenagers at the Liberty Mile

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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.

"Once kids start the Kids of STEEL program, they stay. Having something like RUN Varsity will help to keep them running." - Coach Steph McFerron

The RUN Varsity Summer Run Series is a way for middle and high-school-aged athletes to stay motivated, meet new people and train in new ways this summer. This series consists of a combination of free and paid events that range from group runs, educational talks, meet and greets, a timed race and a multi-day running clinic.

FREE Events

  • Weight Lifting for Runners | D1 Training - Pittsburgh West | June 12 @ 6:30 pm
  • Nutrition for Athletes | White Oak Park - Magnolia Pavilion | June 26 @ 6:30 pm
  • Meet the Elites | Pine Richland High School | July 10 @ 6:30 pm
  • Mental Wellness | Peters Township - Rolling Hills Park - Shelter A | July 24 at 6:30 pm

Two-Day Running Clinic

  • UPMC Running Clinic "Empowering the Teenage Runner" | P3R Track & Field Complex at the RMU Island Sports Center | August 1 & 2 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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P3R Board of Directors' Scholarship

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

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

Congratulations to this year's winners:

  • Duane Carter - Steel Valley
  • Henry Koloc - Fox Chapel
  • Maggie Mollenauer - North Hills
  • Grace Nesko - Burrell
  • Sydney Shock - Peters Township

Stay tuned for next year's application opening in January 2025.

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!

We were thrilled to award over $11,000 in Movement Grants to youth and youth-serving organizations in our region in the fall of 2023. Be on the lookout for the next grant application period in August 2024.

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