The Scranton Running Company was founded in 2010. Serving the needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts, we envision a thriving running and walking community in the area, and will tirelessly promote the benefits of an active lifestyle to all ages.

Our expert staff is knowledgeable in shoe fitting and gait analysis with a focus on injury prevention. Come visit with us and share your stories. We’ll get you laced up properly and hitting the roads in no time at all!

Some of the SRC and VRC team at the Black Diamond Running Series: Mainline 5k in 2022.

Matthew Byrne (Co-Founder)

Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Matt earned his footwear fitting stripes in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, PA. There he was a Manager at Philadelphia Runner, a specialty running store in the University City section of Philadelphia. Matt joined the Philly Runner team in 2004 and oversaw all aspects of the store’s operations. His product knowledge and ability to outfit a customer in the appropriate running or walking shoe is unsurpassed. When not at the Scranton Running Company, Matt can be found running the streets and trails of Scranton, starting and ending in his favorite place in the world: Minooka, PA.

While at Scranton High School, Matt set the school record in the 3200 meters (it still stands) and earned three-time All-State honors. At St. Joseph’s University, he won three individual Atlantic 10 Conference championships and was recently inducted into the University’s Track & Field Hall of Fame. Upon graduating, Matt turned his attention to longer distances, winning Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon in 2004, 2006 and 2012. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon in 2004 and once again in 2008. He has also represented the United States in the World Mountain Running Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Matt has substantial coaching experience, including mentoring high school runners for the past thirteen years at two separate summer camps.

 

Jason Geadrities

Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Jason relocated to NEPA after his collegiate years at College Misericordia. While Jason did not compete as a runner in high school or college, he found a passion for running from co-worker and college classmate Justin, who introduced him to long distance running. Since taking up the sport, Jason has run several half-marathons as well as completed the Steamtown Marathon. Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Misericordia as well as a Master’s Degree In Sport Management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. He has previously worked as an Assistant Athletic Director at nearby Keystone College.

Jason spends a good portion of his time during racing season organizing, managing, and timing local races with our SRC Race Management team. In his spare time, you can find Jason logging some miles up and down the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. He’s also an avid soccer fan and is known to tune the store TV’s into English Premier League or Major League Soccer games.

Caleb Bakalyar

At the turn of the millennia a child was born. This child would go on to save those in North Eastern Pennsylvania from all sorts of podiatric maladies. However, he was not born equipped with the tools to take on all the ailments that would face NEPA feet. 

Caleb Bakalyar’s sojourn started deep in the waters of the Chesapeake bay. Fed only by crab milk and Old Bay seasoning, he gained strength each and every day. When it was time, 

Caleb faced the streets and learned all about the cruel realities of a hard life on the Baltimore streets. All of this to say, he grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland.

In high school Caleb’s running accolades caught the attention of a school that is often referred to as the Harvard of the Northeast — Marywood University. At University, he studied the English language, and sought to become the most mediocre of all NCAA Division III athletes. He excelled at each of these tasks earning numerous awards and accolades for his brains and brawn.

Now it was previously mentioned that this man would go on to rescue the people of NEPA from their feet and the pain that afflicted them. How did this come into being you ask? One day by happenstance Caleb stumbled into the presence of running store aficionado Matt Byrne who offered to make him the very best that no one ever was. Since that fateful day in 2019, Caleb has perfected his trade and now is eager to get shoes off of the shelves and onto the feet of the people of both Scranton and the Wyoming Valley.

Favorite shoes: Hoka Clifton (OG), Clifton 5, Clifton 6, Clifton 7, Clifton 8, Clifton 9… (TO BE CONTINUED)

Favorite races/routes to run: Caleb is not picky. Anytime. Anywhere.

When I’m not running, you can find me: Reading, writing, and enjoying an ice cold cup of coffee.

Jack Baronski

Born in Peckville, PA, Jack began running track and cross country for Valley View during his high school years. Currently, Jack attends Marywood University with aspirations of becoming a physical therapist. He also continues to run competitively for the school’s T&F/XC teams. 

Favorite shoe: Nike Infinity React

Favorite races: 1500m and the Mile

Favorite routes/places to run: Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

When I’m not running, you can find me… Outside, hopefully with some food.

Sean Currie

Sean ran both cross country and track & field for Scranton Prep. Although he doesn’t race competitively anymore, Sean loves getting out for runs for fun. He’s currently a student at the University of Scranton, where he is pursuing a degree in computer science. 

Favorite shoes: Currently the Mizuno Wave Sky

Favorite places to run: Lake Scranton and the Heritage Trail

When I’m not you running you can find me: hiking or practicing piano

Carly Danoski

Carly started running cross country and track for Abington Heights in 7th grade. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Moravian College, where she competed in both cross country and track as an 800m/mile specialist. She was a five-time DIII Nationals qualifier, and owns the Landmark Conference 800m record as well as several school records. She is completing her master’s degree in biology from East Stroudsburg University. She currently coaches cross country and track.

Favorite running shoes: Currently I love the On Cloudmonster and Hoka Speedgoat but I’m always mixing it up.

Favorite race: Run for the Diamonds

Favorite place to run: My favorite routes usually involve lots of hills with the reward of a good view. I love exploring new places and getting some trail running in as well! The more scenic, the better.

When I’m not running you can find me: drinking gluten free cider, playing Zelda, hiking, or reading.

 

Joe Danoski

Joe is from Clarks Summit and started his running endeavors in 7th grade by joining both the cross country and track team. He mainly was a jumper, doing both triple jump and long jump, but also enjoyed doing the 400m and the 800m (“enjoyed,” aka suffered through them). Now being in college, he doesn’t run as much, but does always have fun being dragged out on runs every now and then. Joe is at Kutztown University studying Information Technology, and that also means he’s always being asked to try and fix the computers at the store whenever they seem to not work.

Favorite shoes: Always a Nike Pegasus fan, but does enjoy the Hoka Mach as well

Favorite races: The Black Diamond races at Montage Mountain. Never ready for them, but somehow always gets thrown in them

Favorite places to run: Since Kutztown University is surrounded by cornfields, running around them always seems to be a good time

When I’m not running, you can find me: Playing disc golf or watching Formula 1 racing

Sam Kuchwara

Born in Scranton and a former Scranton Prep XC and Track runner, Sam moved back to the area after graduating in 2015 from Boston College – which naturally only further nurtured his love for everything up to 26.2 (so far!)

Favorite shoes: Saucony Freedom and Endorphin Speed

Favorite races: Steamtown Marathon, Boston Marathon, NYC Marathon, Run For the Diamonds, and Scranton Half (is that too many?)

Favorite places to run:  Anywhere in Scranton! Some of my favorite farther routes are up Elmhurst Boulevard, Main Ave through the different towns and boroughs, and up to West Mountain. (Oh and treadmill!)

When I’m not running, you can find me: spending time with friends, painting, or going to all sorts of events in Scranton!

Thomas Lee

Thomas was born and raised in Scranton, PA. He started his running career in 9th grade at Holy Cross High School. He is currently attending Marywood University where he is pursuing a degree in financial planning. He also runs cross country and track at Marywood as well. In track he runs the 1500 and 3K. 

Favorite running shoes: The Mizuno Wave Rider, New Balance 1080 or the Saucony Endorphin Pro

Favorite races: Of course any race on the track or for road races the Crusader Classic.

Favorite place to run: It would either have to be Elmhurst Boulevard or the Heritage Trail in Scranton.

When I’m not running, you can find me: Playing golf or umpiring baseball games

 

Summer McGrane

Summer would not describe herself as a runner, isn’t sure she likes to run, and is still very much confused about how she ended up working at a running specialty store. She is a Kingston, PA native and graduated from Holy Redeemer High School. She went to Syracuse University for a dual BA in International Relations and Political Science and then to the National University of Ireland at Maynooth for her Master’s in Human Geography. Most recently she worked as a research assistant for a public policy and economic development think tank. After starting at VRC in early 2022, she graduated to a full-time position in May 2022. If she isn’t chatting your ear off while you try on shoes, she’s working on our apparel selection, graphic design, social media, websites, and community outreach.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Since she doesn’t consider herself a runner, Summer hasn’t developed a devotion to many races. However, she does enjoy running the Philly 10K. That race allows her to hang out with friends and enjoy ice cream and beer by 9AM. You can find her jogging around Pittston as well as on any orienteering courses her boyfriend, Greg, makes for her, often at Merli-Sarnoski Park. If there is a race with food involved, she will be there. R.I.P. 2020 Lobsterman Triathlon, vive la First Annual Legendary Taste Triathlon!

Favorite shoes: Summer loves an hourglass shoe: a skinny middle with a wide toe box. Her current go-to shoes are ASICS Gel-Nimbus, and Hoka Transport.

mattrMatthew Rosetti (Co-Founder)

Born in Scranton, PA, Matt currently resides in New York City where he works in structured finance. But he’s not all evil: he helped bring the Scranton Running Company to life. Matt graduated from Scranton High School and then from Lehigh University. He is an accomplished runner, winning the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in New York’s Central Park and also finished second in Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon. Matt has also competed in the Boston and New York City marathons. He was captain of both the track and cross-country teams at Lehigh University. (However, all of this happened so long ago that the internet can’t verify so it’s likely untrue.) 

John Russo

John resides in Milford, Pennsylvania, and is an alum of Delaware Valley High School, where he began participating in cross country and track in the 7th grade. Currently enrolled at Marywood University, he is working towards a degree in marketing. Additionally, John is an active member of the Marywood cross country and track teams, specializing in the 400 and 800-meter events in track.

Favorite running shoes: New Balance FuelCell Rebel and Asics Gel-Kayano

Favorite races: Ocean Breeze & The Armory

Favorite place to run: Heritage Trail starting at Mellow Park

When I’m not running, you can find me doing outlandish stuff with my friends, going to concerts, or working at Scranton Running Company!

Matt Snyder

Born in Scranton and a graduate of Scranton Prep and The University of Scranton. Matt is not much of a runner on the road, but runs our numbers pretty fast as our store accountant! Instead of Track and XC, he played Basketball at the “DA U”. He now resides in Dunmore, PA with his wife and two young children.

Favorite running shoes: All models made by On Running

Favorite place to run: Up and down the basketball court

When I am not working you can find me: Hanging with my kiddos or playing some golf

buddyBuddy

With a face like this, Buddy will never be starved for attention. His specialty is in the morale department. And he has two pairs of getaway sticks that any runner would envy. Come visit with him at our location in the Ice Box Sports Complex. We dare you not to smile while doing so.