The Scranton Running Company was founded in 2010. Our team's mission is to serve the needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania's runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts alike. We envision a thriving running and walking community in the area, and will tirelessly promote the benefits of an active lifestyle to all ages.
The Scranton Running Company is a service-first organization, and we strive to provide every one of our customers with a unique, rewarding and efficient shopping experience. Led by Matt Byrne, two-time Olympic Marathon Trials participant and two-time Steamtown Marathon winner, 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!
Meet our capable and experienced team:
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 and 2006. 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 both 2008 and 2009. Matt has substantial coaching experience, including mentoring high school runners for the past thirteen years at two separate summer camps.
Born and raised in Bridgewater NJ, Pat graduated high school and moved to our area to attend the University of Scranton. He now calls Scranton his new home. In high school, Pat competed in cross country and track, and continued to compete in cross country at the University of Scranton, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Philosophy. At the UofS, Pat not only studied the Biological and Philosophical implications of running, but he was a two time all-conference athlete. Additionally, after graduating from the UofS in 2012, Pat has continued to run, finishing fifth in his debut at the 2012 Steamtown Marathon. When not in the store sharing his wisdom with the community, Pat can be found running all the streets, trails and mountains that Scranton has to offer. The link to his blog is http://thetrailtramp.blogspot.com/
Born in the wonderful land of NEPA, Joe is an enthusiastic runner willing to take on any challenge. As a student at Sacred Heart High School, he participated in cross country as way to help pass the fall season and stay conditioned for winter sports. After school, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for eight years on the front lines as an Infantry Soldier. Since high school he's become an avid runner, completing 16 marathons in addition to achieving his longtime goal of running the prestigious Boston Marathon. Joe's still hungry. however, and if not in the stoe there is a good chance he's out there chasing bigger (and longer) goals.
Joe is pursuing a Health and Fitness Associates Degree at Bryan University. He loves talking about the sport and conveying his enthusiasm to every customer who walks through our doors. Joe firmly believes that you can't enjoy the wonderful world of running with the right shoe leading the way.
Will was born and raised in Medford, NJ but has since chosen NEPA as his home.
He earned a Bachelor's of Health Science and then both a Master's and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Scranton where he also ran cross country, serving as co-captain his junior and senior years. Will is no stranger to gait analysis and shoe fitting having done so at a Fleet Feet in South Jersey during college summers. Now Will is back at it again for the Scranton
Running Co.! Feel free to grill him on any of your ailments or request advice on how to become a more efficient runner or walker. When not at the store, you can find Will driving around Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties, as a therapist for Caregivers America Home Health Services, or spending time with his wonderful wife, Heidi, and son, Liam and daughter Caroline.
Tia attended Scranton Preparatory School where she competed for the Cavalier cross country and track teams. She then attended Temple University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Education. Her "day job" is teaching English at Old Forge High School. But her passion is spending time with customers at the Scranton Running Company. Tia is an assistant varsity cross country coach at Scranton Prep. She currently lives and runs in Scranton, PA. Look for Tia at our group runs. She'll be the one having the most fun.
Born in Scranton, PA, Matt currently resides in New York City where he works for a large international bank. 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 and recently debuted on the competitive triathlon circuit, finishing third at the Miami Man Triathlon in 2009. In 2001, Matt won the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in New York's Central Park and also finished second in Scranton's Steamtown Marathon. Matt has competed in the Boston and New York City marathons. He was captain of both the track and cross-country teams at Lehigh University. Matt is a published author: The Worst of Sports (Random House, September 2007).
We don't believe in titles at the Scranton Running Company, but if we were to give Matt one it'd be Chief Executive Lurker. He won't be a regular presence at our location, but frequently he will lurk, seeking inspiration by osmosis. And he lurks well. With his family and many of his friends still in Scranton, we expect him to lurk often.
Born at Travis Air Force Base in California, Justin and family settled in the Hazleton area where he attended Hazleton Area High School. While there he competed in Cross-Country and Track & Field, and found his passion for running. His enthusiasm for the sport continued to grow while attending College Misericordia. At Misericordia he earned degrees in Marketing, Management, Sport Management and a Masters in Organization Management. All the while competing -and eventually coaching- for the Cougars. In Justin's coaching roles with the team, he helped guide the Harriers to six consecutive PAC XC Championships, and helped write the All-Time Performance lists while competing as a decathlete.
Today, Justin is a Level One USATF certified coach, as well as a Jack Daniels Tier 1 certified coach. He enjoys long "runs" on the beach and immersing himself into the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre running scenes in his free time. Justin's patient, calming and methodical approach to shoe fittings makes him a favorite with customers.
Born in Scranton, R.J. 's introduction to the sport of running was as a member of the Scranton High School cross country and track teams. In the years since he's maintained a fervent passion for both running and health & wellness. His passion for health and wellness motivated him to return to school to study a related field: he will be graduating in December 2010 from Marywood University with a degree in exercise science and a minor in coaching. While at Marywood, R.J. 's studies emphasized areas such as gait analysis, sub-maximal stress tests, V02 max testing, electrocardiograms, body composition testing and general injury prevention.
RJ was a three-year captain of the Marywood's cross country team. He also received the CSAC runner of the year sportsmanship award in 2007 and in 2009 (in 2008 he went bad boy on the league). R.J. remains involved with his alma mater as an assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country teams. R.J. has competed in numerous road races and is currently training for the 2010 Steamtown Marathon in October. As a valued member of the Scranton Running Company team, R.J. will continue to assist all runners and exercise enthusiasts stay injury free as they pursue their goals.
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.