SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Hundreds of runners will lace up their shoes and hit the streets tomorrow for the “Steamtown Marathon”, preparations are underway to get ready for the big race.
The finishing touches are being put on the finishing line as the Steamtown Marathon will step off tomorrow.

Hundreds of runners, like David Persson, come from around the world and nation will put their endurance to the test as they aim to complete this 26 mile trek.

“I have not run this one before. I am on a quest to run all 50 states and so this was a state i need and it looked like a fun race. So we are excited to be here. “

The Steamtown Marathon raises money for Saint Joseph’s Center, which helps people with special needs.

Over the last 23 years nearly two million dollars has been donated to the facility.

Many of those who depend on the Saint Joseph’s Center attend the race to cheer runners on. 

Rick Tornambe is director of the finish line,

“We do this for a good cause for the children there at saint Joseph’s center and… I am getting a little choked up, when you drive by them and seem these kids out there, we know why we do it.” 

What else makes this race special? The volunteers who work behind the scenes to set-up and break down afterwards.

The Marywood Basketball team is just one group donating their time.

“One of our major concepts of our team, we love giving back to the community giving back to Scranton anyway possible“ said Jack Degroot, a Sophomore at Marywood.

This is the view runners will have when they hit their final stride to cross that finish line.  Race organizers say only 1% of the population will complete a half marathon.

Over the last 23 years, nearly two million dollars has been donated to the Saint Joseph Center.