Ready to run? Kids of STEEL returns to Ross!

We are so excited to share with you that Ross Elementary is a Kids of STEEL team! We invite your child to be part of the fun! This year we will be meeting on Saturday mornings, 9-10 am, at Ross from February 12-April 23. 

Kids of STEEL is P3R’s FREE, award-winning training program that helps motivate kids to get moving. Kids can run, practice, and play fitness games together in a group setting with their Kids of STEEL team. By the end of the training season, they’ll be ready to take on our family-friendly capstone event, the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon!  

All Ross students participating in the FREE Kids of Steel program must register using this link. –

Collectively, over the course of this program, students will complete 25 miles in preparation for the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon.  Please be sure to select Ross Elementary from the list to ensure your child is registered with our team. 

Participants will have the option to run 1.2 miles in the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, thus completing a full 26.2 mile marathon! There is a fee to register for the marathon.  Follow the link for the Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon at and select our team, Ross Elementary, from the drop down menu on the registration page.

Each registered child receives:

  • a confidence boost that comes from setting and achieving a goal
  • a curriculum and training plan to inspire healthy habits! Kids of STEEL was awarded “Youth Running Program of the Year” in 2015 by Running USA
  • race shirt
  • finisher medal
  • goody bag!

We’re so excited your child will be joining us in one of the country’s largest kid’s races! If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Derby at


Colleen Derby , Coach Lucas & Coach James

PS: If you have a child in your family who would also like to participate in Marathon weekend but the 1-mile course isn’t right for them, the Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and the UPMC Health Plan / UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run takes place on the same day as the Kids Marathon! Learn more at