The Primary & Intermediate School Kids of Steel program competed May 6, at the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon. The 120-plus students have been training weekly afterschool since January. In addition to running, the students have been learning about nutrition. The Kids of Steel program received a Give Grant to help pay for nutritional snacks,water and race day t-shirts. In addition to that grant, the program received funding from Road Runners of America and Nike Marathon Kids. Both the Primary and Intermediate School had a pep rally Friday to get ready for the race. Professional runners Bobby Curtis and Waverly Neer provided some last minute advice to runners. Curtis went on to win the Pittsburgh Marathon's 5K event in record time on Saturday.
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A handful of fourth grade Kids of Steel participants also took advantage of a unique opportunity to correspond with marathon runner Craig Leon during the two months leading up to the Pittsburgh Marathon. Through the Pen Pal program with CVIS students, Mr. Leon hoped to impart two key lessons -- first, the importance of setting a goal and making an actionable plan to reach it and second, that running can be a lifelong sport and doing so can lead to improved health over the course of their lives.
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