SCRANTON -- It`s expected to be a packed house at Scranton High School this Saturday with three events going on pretty much at the same time.
Bill King, the director of the Steamtown Marathon, says thousands of runners will be at the school for the marathon`s expo starting at 11:30 that morning to pick up registration packets.
“We have runners coming from 40 states, four countries, we have probably around 4,000 people associated with this race expo coming down here,” said King.
At 9 a.m., our Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey`s annual Ryan`s Ryan 5 K will be held at the stadium with the All Abilities walk following at 10.
That benefits Allied Services, which helps children and adults with disabilities.
“We have 300 people preregistered for this event, many of them have disabilities, need special parking,” said Charlotte Wright with Allied Services. “And we anticipate at least that many more people coming to register that day.”
The Pennsylvania Teachers Union had planned to hold a rally with Bernie Sanders for Hillary Clinton on Courthouse Square at 10:30 Saturday morning.
Now that rally has been moved to the high school due to possible rain, Scranton Union President Rosemary Boland says the weather left them with few options.
“We needed a large venue, most of the venues here right now are, for example the Cultural Center is booked, most every place is booked,” said Boland.
Boland says to relieve parking at the school rally goers can park at the Marketplace at Steamtown for free and buses will take them to Scranton High.
“For the people who are registering for Steamtown Marathon, I know Ryan`s Run is happening, we never dream to interfere with anything like that,” said Boland.
However King is firmly skeptical. “I think it`s a logistical nightmare, it`s a security nightmare and i think it really an embarrassment to our city,” said King.