SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) 1,500 runners challenged themselves to go the distance in Scranton today in the Steamtown Marathon.   
    Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Hensley spoke to some runners. 

With a boom, they’re off! 

    The Steamtown Marathon is a grueling 26.2 mile course that weaves runners through 14 different communities.
    What drives runners to push their bodies?
    Their answers… Very different.  

“We are just trying to keep fit and use the races as goals to keep exercising I guess,” said Casey Minnick, Orwigsburg.

    For others… It’s competition that motivates.

“So you won, how do you feel?”
“The feeling is good!”  

“What time did you come through?”
“Just under 2:28,” said Neil Saddler, who finished in second place. 

    For the Doyle family, they run for Isla.

“Our daughter who turned 4 yesterday, has rett syndrome. This year and years in the past, we raise money for rett syndrome research,” said Sean Doyle, Pleasantville, New York. 

    October is rett syndrome awareness month.
    It is a genetic disorder with no known cure.

 “We get to raise money to fund research to find a cure.  And help people to learn more, not only about rett syndrome but about other’s with a disability. We can do everything we can in life and we just keep going even though something is a little more challenging,” said Stephanie Doyle, Isla’s mother. 

    And when things get a little tough… Everyone needs a little push, even Sean Doyle.

“I ran out to him and I ran with him,” said Owen Doyle, 7-years-old. 

     Hand-in-hand, father and son cross the finish line.
     And maybe next year someone else will be at their side.

“Next time we’ve got to push Isla across that finish line. I can’t wait” 

“As soon as Isla is ready for it I will be running with Isla.”

While some runners race with their own charities in mind, like the Doyle family, the marathon benefits the children and residents of St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.
    Over the last 23 years, nearly two million dollars has been donated to the facility.