Kids of STEEL

Teaching children the positive relationship between exercise and nutrition.

Instilling lifelong, healthy habits in kids

Kids of STEEL is an exercise 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. During the four-month training period children will: 

  • Earn miles to run the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) 
  • Try new fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts each week
  • Learn the benefits of setting a goal, training and achieving that goal.
  • Track miles and food tastings on a training log and turn it in for a finisher prize to recognize their achievement

Kids of STEEL participants can complete the last mile of the program in one of two optional runs (both held the Saturday of marathon weekend):

  1. The Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is a one mile fun run (not timed) for children to run with family and friends; or  
  2. The UPMC Health Plan/UMPC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, for more advanced runners. 

Students completing the Kids of STEEL program receive a finisher prize, and students who complete both the program and participate in the kids run (or 5K) receive a finisher medal, shirt and goody bag.

Executing the KOS Program/Additional Resources

Each participating school/organization has a designated program coordinator who receives a full training manual on how to execute the program, monthly e-newsletters with updates to the program, and helpful nutrition and exercise ideas. In addition, here are some other helpful resources:

KOS Exercise    KOS Nutrition    2015 Training Guide for Parents    FAQs

Kids of STEEL by the numbers

In 2015, Kids of STEEL has over 120 schools/organizations participating with approximately 6,000 kids from 10 different counties. For more information about the growth and goals of our program click here

Project R.U.N. (Reaching Underserved Neighborhoods)

Project R.U.N. is a Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon initiative, bringing the Kids of STEEL program to several underserved community-based organizations in Allegheny County. Partnering with several community-based organizations throughout Allegheny County, our staff works with each organization to see how we can make the biggest impact in their community. For more information about Project R.U.N., click here.

Signing up for Kids of STEEL

Kids of STEEL can be done as an individual child or as a part of a participating school or organization.  

If you are a parent whose child does not attend a participating school, but would like your child to participate, please click here to register for the program and one of the races on May 2.  

If you are interested in learning more about signing up your school or organization for next year, please contact us at

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