Running was on the minds of many in Scranton on this nice day… which brought a lot of people to the Scranton Running Company.
Whether it was checking out new gear or new sneakers… workers were busy.
But even on this busy day employees made sure they kept tabs on the computer in the back room, that’s where they were able to catch live coverage of the Boston Marathon.
The employees who are also runners were hoping this year’s marathon would have a happy ending unlike last year.
“One we realized what it was it was just, we never felt it would come into this realm, the running realm. It’s supposed to be festive and health and wellness. We never thought terrorism would effect something like this,” Scranton Running Company owner Matt Byrne said.
For runners like Zoë Haggerty she says last year’s tragedy has only inspired her to keep running.
“I think it’s great that so many people want to run it this year because it shows that we can really come back for a tragedy and show who we really are,” Haggerty said.
The Scranton Running Company may be hundreds of miles away from Boston. But workers say after least year’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon – they only feel even closer to those in Boston.
“It doesn’t feel like a four or five hour drive. It feels even closer and I think a lot of people around here can tell you that,” Byrne said.
The winner of this year’s Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi, is the first American man to win the race in over 30 years.
For Byrne he considers himself fortunate to know the man who brought the title back to the USA.
“I was lucky enough to train with him for a few summers years ago. He’s a great guy. He is one of the hardest working runners that I have ever met. He certainly deserved it,” Byrne said.
“It was exciting to watch Meb and just to see an American come back strong like that and win the Boston Marathon for the first time since 1983 is huge,” Joseph Kelly said.
Depending on races next year and if they qualify, both Kelly and Byrne are looking to running the Boston Marathon once again next year.