Runners, the executive committee of the Steamtown Marathon has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as we consider whether we can have our 25th annual race as scheduled.
Most of the race course is in Lackawanna County which is still classified as “red” by state government. Indications are that we will go to yellow in early June. The next step would be to go green but even then, gatherings of 250 people or more will not be allowed.
In short, we have not made a final decision yet but unless the situation improves quickly and dramatically, it is unlikely that we will get all of the necessary permissions to run the race.
We plan to monitor the situation for a few more weeks to see if things improve. What we do not want to do is to start making our usual expensive race purchases and then have to cancel the race. If we do have to cancel, we will do our best to give you the largest refund we possibly can (hopefully the full entry fee).
In the meantime, if you have a four leaf clover, or lucky horseshoe or rabbit’s foot, I suggest you get them out and send some positive vibes our way.
Our final decision will be made with the safety of our runners, volunteers, and spectators in mind.
The start of registration for our inaugural three-person relay has been delayed indefinitely.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our way through this stressful and frustrating situation.
Jim Cummings, Asst. Race Director, Steamtown Marathon
Important Information - Please Read
The Steamtown Marathon does not offer insurance to runners. Any insurance product you purchase when registering through Active.com is not affiliated with the Steamtown Marathon.
If you withdraw after registering, you cannot carry forward your entry fee to next year. However, if you withdraw by August 31, you will be eligible to receive a partial refund of $25. The refund will be applied to the credit card you used to register. To request the $25 refund, you must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight EST on August 31.
SIX HOUR TIME LIMIT
The Marathon Race Committee respectfully requests that you enter only if you are confident that you can finish the course in six hours or less (an approximately 13-minute per mile pace). Traffic control and health and safety volunteers, and race officials, will vacate the course six hours after the start (2:00 p.m.). Anyone who continues to run on the course after 2:00 p.m. will be doing so at his/her own risk. Anyone who finishes after seven hours (3:00 p.m.) will not be listed in the official race results and may not receive a finisher’s medal.