For First Time, Dollar Bank Junior Great Race Same Weekend as Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race
Junior Great Race, scheduled for Sept. 29, now an official Kids of STEEL race with a training program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating habits
PITTSBURGH (JUNE 20, 2018) – For the first time in over 20 years, the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race will be held on the same weekend as the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race. This year’s Junior Great Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, when kids ages 12 and younger can participate in the one-mile Family Fun Run, 50-yard Tot Trot or Diaper Dash based on their age and ability.
“By hosting the Junior Great Race and Great Race back-to-back, one of Pittsburgh’s longest-running and most beloved races has evolved into a weekend of events for the whole family,” said Race Director Brian Katze. “But this weekend is not just about the races. We also have the Great Race Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, along with exciting pre and post-race activities.”
Saturday festivities will include mascot appearances, face painters, strolling performers and other entertainment during the packet pickup and late registration period from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. before the race begins at 11 a.m. After crossing the finish line of their race, kids will receive a goodie bag, souvenir t-shirt, medal and hot dog courtesy of Café at the Point, as well as a Smiley Cookie courtesy of Eat 'n Park. Other post-race highlights include raffle prizes, a free souvenir photo compliments of Dollar Bank, and performance by Pittsburgh Musical Theater Xtreme Teen Broadway and PMTweens.
“The Dollar Bank Junior Great Race promises a memorable day of family fun and fitness, complete with three races, medals, prizes, souvenir pictures and entertainment,” according to Joe Smith, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dollar Bank. “For many families, this children’s race serves as a catalyst to get kids interested in trying the Great Race 5K when they get a little older.”
Also new this year, the Junior Great Race will be an official Kids of STEEL race. Participants will have the opportunity to compete a four-week training program that will culminate with the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race. Kids of STEEL is an award-winning, free youth physical activity and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in children. This year’s training plans will include age-appropriate exercise and healthy eating habits.
“We are thrilled to add the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race to Kids of STEEL and give participating groups the opportunity to join the program in the fall,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros. “This is another chance for us to inspire the next generation of runners, which is an important part of P3R’s commitment to promote the love of running and enhancing community access to health and fitness.”
Registration is now open for the 2018 Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race and Dollar Bank Junior Great Race. For more information or to register kids for the low price of just $10, visit www.RunGreatRace.com/Junior_Great_Race
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About the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race
Each year on the last Sunday of September, the starting gun sounds for a world-class road race that has become a true Pittsburgh tradition for the past 40 years. The Great Race – established as a 10K race by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri – has attracted more than a quarter million participants since 1977. Over the years, this popular fall fitness classic has grown to include a 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day expo and children’s race, with more than 16,000 individuals taking part in these various activities annually. For more information about the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race, visit www.RunGreatRace.com.
About Kids of STEEL
Kids of STEEL, launched in 2011, is a physical activity 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. Children choose training plans based on the season (spring, summer or fall) and complete the appropriate physical activity and nutrition goals. More than 24,000 children in western Pennsylvania have learned what it takes to be a Kid of STEEL. The program currently has over 130 sites in Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Erie, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Learn more at www.KidsOfSteel.org.
About Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at P3R.org.