Super Bowl IX teammates Larry Brown,Marv Kellum, J.T. Thomas and Mike Wagner will chair the 26th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids' Kickoff Run on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, at 9 a.m. at Heinz Field. The race benefits the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund.
The race will tie in the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Steelers' first championship, Super Bowl IX. Brown, who then played tight end, linebacker Kellum, cornerback Thomas and safety Wagner, were all members of the team that captured the first Super Bowl Championship in Steelers' history.
Participants will gather in front of the Heinz Field Press Gate entrance on North Shore Drive. The course will follow North Shore to General Robinson Street to River Avenue, heading back to Heinz Field along General Robinson to Reedsdale Street. Runners and walkers will enter the stadium at Gate 5 to cross the finish line at midfield on the warning track. To accommodate the anticipated large crowd, the race will employ a wave start.
Gatorade is the title sponsor and Nike is the official outfitter of the race. Additional event partners include KDKA-TV 2, WDVE-FM and ESPN Radio 970.
The Art Rooney Scholarship Fund was established in memory of the late founder of the Steelers, who died in August of 1988 after living most of his life on the North Side. A $12,000 scholarship in Art Rooney's name is presented annually to a graduating senior from two high schools on the North Side – Perry (two scholarships through the Pittsburgh Promise) and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. Since its beginning, the scholarship has awarded grants to 75 local students.