BENEFITING: Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc.
ORGANIZER: Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc.
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
This Christmas marked 4 years since almost all of the Lang Gang was back in Pittsburgh together and when my brother asked my sister and I if we wanted to run the Pittsburgh half marathon together, just for the heck of it. It may have been our mom's appletinis talking, but I immediately said yes, because, why not? Granted, I had never run a race before, but I used to run 3-4 miles daily to counteract the nights spent at Mad Mex and Jug 'n Barrel in undergrad and pharmacy school respectively, so what's another 9-10 miles tacked onto that? Training throughout that winter, reality set in and I was equally excited and scared to death to run my first half marathon. May 5th, 2013, I crossed the finish line with my brother and sister and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It marked the start of a passion for running, registering for multiple half marathons a year, with some 5Ks and 10 milers sprinkled in here and there. Sticking to our vow to run our first full in Pittsburgh year 5, Matt and I are registered for our first 26.2, and I'm equally as excited and scared as I was 4 years ago to tack another 13.1 onto my longest run ever. To mark this milestone, I decided to run for a reason and help others experience the benefits for their minds, bodies, and souls that running has given me. My friends, family, and coworkers think I'm insane at times, getting up as early as 3:30 am to get my miles in, but I can't imagine a better way to start the day. I decided to raise money for Kids of STEEL because I want to help instill lifelong, healthy habits in kids, and afford them the opportunity to get up in the morning and start their day like mine. Kids of STEEL is designed to motivate children to pursue quality nutrition and an active lifestyle by incorporating exercise and healthy eating habits into their daily routines. These kids are given the opportunity to train for (through training plans) and participate in a race, and the organization also helps those in under-served communities afford shoes and apparel (for the love of God, DO NOT run in cotton socks) for runs. I hate asking people for money, (or anything, really), but even 5 dollars (the cost of a Starbucks drink - or in my case, 3/4 of a fancy craft beer) will help a child get what they need to lead a healthier lifestyle. Please help me in raising money for this amazing cause!
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc. wrote -
"I love that we can get exercise and that we get more healthy...and we can know how to exercise when we grow up, so we can stay healthy and live a long life." - Ariana, Project R.U.N. participant
Kids of STEEL is a physical activity and nutrition program designed by the experts at P3R to motivate children to pursue quality nutrition and an active lifestyle by incorporating exercise and healthy eating habits into their daily routine. The program is offered free of charge to any interested classroom, school or youth organization.
There are many barriers for urban youth who want to participate in Kids of STEEL. Whether the barrier is cost, transportation, footwear or adult support, no child should be denied the opportunity to participate. Project R.U.N. (Reaching Underserved Neighborhoods) offers additional support to selected schools and community-based organizations in Allegheny County who want to offer Kids of STEEL.
Through your fundraising efforts and contributions, P3R can provide:
- On-site coaching
- Food tastings
- A new pair of running shoes (if requested)
- Free registrations to the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
- Free transportation to the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
- Youth programming initiatives
Over the past seven years, more than 18,000 children have completed the KOS program. Kids of STEEL was named 2015 Youth Program of the Year by Running USA.
Need more information or have any questions? Contact P3R's Youth Program Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.