Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4
The Steamtown Marathon is a USATF-certified event and is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. The course features a net elevation drop of 955′. The point-to-point course runs through 14 communities and includes approximately 4.2 miles of paved rails-to-trails along the Lackawanna River. There are 14 official stations and several port-a-lav … MORE
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    mikeyseymour FIRST-TIMER '18

    There is so much to love about Steamtown. Here are the highlights: the course is ripe for a PR. The first half has a lot of downhill which affords the … MORE

    There is so much to love about Steamtown. Here are the highlights: the course is ripe for a PR. The first half has a lot of downhill which affords the opportunity to bank a lot of energy or time. It is scenic with many trees, including miles of serene stretches where you’re on paved trail next to a river. The crowd support is solid for such a rural area. Each town had sections of loud support which boosts the spirits. There were plenty of aid stations with water and Gatorade. The second half has some hills, including some rough ones in the last 5K so make sure you have some time to spare. The post race was solid. When I walked into the tent for refreshments, every volunteer stopped what they were doing and gave me a standing ovation (they did that for every runner). VERY COOL! The food spread was the best I have seen. I am disappointed I had no appetite to enjoy any of it. That night is a party for the runners with food, drinks, and live music. I brought my mom, wife, and daughter and everyone had fun (though the music was really loud; my daughter asked to leave early because it was hurting her ears). The logistics of the entire race went so smoothly. I got regular email updates that were humorous and the right frequency. The bus pickup to go to the start line was a piece of cake, the high school volunteers at the start were amazing and kept us organized, I can’t say enough about this race. I didn’t achieve my goal that day, but it had nothing to do with anything race related. This is a first rate marathon, one of the best I have done!

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Jenlovestorun FIRST-TIMER '16

    People in each of the towns came out to cheer you on and many put out tables with snacks and drinks for you right outside their homes. Race committee was … MORE

    People in each of the towns came out to cheer you on and many put out tables with snacks and drinks for you right outside their homes. Race committee was a real nice group of people. Nice dinner the night of the marathon!

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    ShellyL FIRST-TIMER '15

    I really like Steamtown and will run it again this year. The expo is VERY small. It's held at a local college. There are only two vendors, one of which … MORE

    I really like Steamtown and will run it again this year. The expo is VERY small. It’s held at a local college. There are only two vendors, one of which is the race selling a few additional pieces of Steamtown merchandise via a local running shop. The other vendor is the “big name” vendor that’s at every expo selling stuff at deep discount prices. I think I spent 10 minutes total during packet pick up and the expo.
    There aren’t a lot of big chain hotels in Scranton proper, so I stayed outside of town, but only about 5 miles away. They do not have a “host” hotel and there aren’t any special group discounts either. If you want to run and stay overnight, make reservations early.
    On race morning, you park in the city, board a bus that takes you on a 45 minute ride to the start. It is a point to point race. They drop you off at a school, so you can go inside and stay warm, relax. They had coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and pastries inside.
    The course winds its way through many of the communities in this northeastern part of PA. There is generally good support, but there are also times when there is no crowd at all. You spend some time on a trail, which I like. It is a paved rails to trails, so no worries about mud. It is a net downhill race, but there are several hills. None of the hills would make you blink an eye if it were a training day. However, they come at the end of the race, when your legs can be tired. Respect them, plan for them and run hills on fatigued legs during your training.
    The medal was simple, nice, with a train on it. The finish line area was nice. A few snacks and drinks. You can hang out in a grassy area in the center of town. They do the awards right there too.
    They do it right in Steamtown and they have been doing it for 21 years. I would recommend this race for anyone looking for a smaller-ish race (I think registration caps at 3,000 or 4,000) with a PR in mind.

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    4
    SCENERY
    3
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    4
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