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

 

Andrew Healey

Born and raised in Scranton, Andrew has been running since 5th grade. A graduate of Holy Cross High School and Boston College, Andrew competed in cross country and track in both high school and college, primarily running the 5k and 10k. He currently attends the University of Michigan Law School.

 
Favorite Shoe: New Balance 1080 or the Saucony Freedom
Favorite Race: The Green Ridge Mile
Favorite Route: Elmhurst Boulevard or Harvard Arboretum
When I’m not running you can find me: Cooking, watching tv, or umpiring baseball games

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

 

Eric Lukan

Born in Honesdale, Eric first picked up running in 7th grade in order to stay in shape for soccer and ended up sticking with it year-round by the time high school rolled around. Eric currently runs for The University of Scranton’s track and cross country teams, where he also majors in kinesiology with a concentration in nutrition. After graduating, he is hoping to go to PT school or begin a master’s degree.

Favorite shoes: Hoka Clifton or Hoka Mach

Favorite races: Either a 3k or 5k track race, or a road 5k like the BK5K or Perkins Race. A PR or a win no matter what the distance is always feels great.

Favorite place to run: The countryside in Damascus township (as long as it is not too hilly) or Lake Scranton

When I’m not running, you can find me: hunting, fishing, watching the Phillies/Notre Dame football, or hanging with friends. But there is a 99% chance I am sleeping instead of any of those.

 

Luke Pikulski

Luke is a Scranton native who attended Scranton High School and began competing in track his sophomore year, and cross country his junior year. He now attends West Chester University and studies criminal justice while running cross country and track. He also enjoys camping, skiing, and live music. 

Favorite Shoe: Saucony Endorphin Speed 3s

Favorite Race: 3K Steeple, Galen Piper Invitational, and the Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philly Half)

Favorite Places to run: Elmhurst Boulevard

When I’m not running you can find me: hiking and camping with friends 

 

 

Matthew 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!

 

Sarah Singer

Sarah, a proud mom of two boys, earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Marywood University in 2005 and later an Associate’s in Science as a physical therapy assistant from Penn State. As an art educator at Hemlock Hill Academy and homeschool mom, you’ll rarely find her inside.

Favorite running shoes: I’m loving the Brooks Glycerin’s, but I also love trying new stuff!

Favorite race: Virginia Beach Half. Maybe I’m partial, having run it four months pregnant with some of my best friends.

Favorite places to run: I love my morning routine at home, but my favorite places to run usually have sand and waves nearby.

When I’m not running you can find me: dabbling in some kind of art or playing with my boys.

 

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

 

Buddy, Buzz, and Bruno

Come visit SRC’s unofficial mascots! We’re a dog-friendly store and love seeing your pups while we fit you for footwear.