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. Participants choose one of three training plans (preschool, Kids Marathon or 5K) and works on the appropriate exercise and nutrition goals. 

During the training period children will:

  • Complete physical activity goals based on the training plan appropriate for your child’s ability.
  • Try new foods by working on nutrition goals appropriate for your child’s age.
  • Learn the benefits of setting a goal, training and achieving that goal.
  • Track activity and nutrition goals on a training log and turn it in for a finisher prize.

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

The Toddler Trot is a 100 meter run recommended for ages 2-5.

The Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is a one mile fun run (not timed) for children to run with family and friends.

The UPMC Health Plan/UMPC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, for more advanced runners. 

All children who turn in their completed the Kids of STEEL training log will receive a finisher prize. 

Children who register for the Toddler Trot will receive a finisher medal and shirt. Children who register for the Kids Marathon or 5K will 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.

You can find family-friendly information and training logs in our 2017 Kids of STEEL Family Manual.

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 Saturday, May 6.  

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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