SCRANTON, Pa. -- Before the Steamtown marathoners hit the pavement on Sunday, the Electric City hosted a 5K to benefit kids and adults with disabilities helped by Allied Services.
WNEP's Ryan's Run 5K and All Abilities Walk is an event many patients at Allied work hard for all year to achieve new goals in their therapy.
The walk took place on the track at the stadium at Scranton High School. Before that was the sixth annual 5K. A total of 359 people turned out. That's 104 more people than last year.
"It's great. Seeing people with the same disability I have, other people, it's really an inspiring feeling," said Max Malec of Roaring Brook Township.
"The hope that's on the faces of these people--the children and the families--the joy that you see when they run and cross the finish line, it's amazing. As a teacher, it just invigorates you," said MaryAnn Stefko of Scranton.
This is the biggest community event for Ryan's Run.
Ryan's Run 10 wraps up early next month when Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey and our charity team runs the TCS New York City Marathon.