SCRANTON — In Scranton, people have been coming in from all over the country and even other parts of the world for the 17th annual Steamtown Marathon.
More than 2,000 runners are expected this weekend to hit the more than 26 mile course from Forest City to Scranton.
Organizers said this year, is the biggest year to date with 2,500 runners signing up for the race.
We caught up with a few of them to see what it takes to run a marathon.
A whopping 26.2 miles, a few hills here and there, and a lot of endurance.
Runners from all over have been rolling into Scranton for the marathon.
Linda Allen is here from Virginia. She said Steamtown has always been on her bucket list. She wanted to run it because her family is from the area, but she’s also doing it for those who can’t.
“I work at the Pentagon, and I see a lot of wounded warriors. I think I’m just blessed that I can run, and I run for those who can’t kind of, and I run for the military people I know,” said Allen.
The marathon will attract hundreds of people from all over the country and even countries like Norway and Great Britain.
They’ll jam pack hotels and flood area shops, a great boost to the economy said Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O’Malley.
O’Malley is also running in the marathon, and hasn’t missed one yet!
He said he’s running in honor of his sister and to help support the women’s resource center.
“The reason I’m doing it is because my sister was 26 when she died, and it’s a 26 mile race. I did the inaugural because it was 26 years to the day she lost her life,” said O’Malley.
No matter where they’re coming from, or who they’re running for, everybody wants to make it to the finish line.
“I always want to finish, that’s always the main objective. I’d like to qualify for Boston if that’s possible!” said John Evangelista, a runner.
Steamtown Marathon kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday at Forest City Regional High School in Susquehanna County and will end in downtown Scranton.