NEXT Up: Leslie Turis on why getting outside and being active matter

November 14, 2019 Next Pittsburgh
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As Director of Youth Programming at P3R, Leslie Turis oversees the award-winning Kids of STEEL program and one of the country’s largest races for children — the Pittsburgh Kids Marathon. Previously, she was executive director of Girls on the Run Long Island. Leslie lives Downtown with her dog, Dolly, and husband, the Reverend Dan M. Turis of First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

What’s been bugging you lately?

Plastic bugs me. It’s irritating how much single-use plastic you encounter in just one day. The serious concern I have is for our environment. I often think of what our children and the following generation will need to address because of our unsustainable practices. There is a lot of good in Pittsburgh around sustainability, and I get to see it at work. For our races at P3R, we focus a lot on what we can do and partner with local organizations like the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pennsylvania Resource Council to help make our races as green as possible…

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