Along with the competitors comes family and friends - who will be shopping, eating and staying the night in Lackawanna County this weekend...
"The marathon actually ends in the downtown area so a lot of businesses will probably be open that they may not normally be open and it brings people from outside the area.'' said Amanda Marchegiani of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
The Radisson Hotel is gearing up for a busy weekend - in fact they're already sold out.
"There is a lot of events that sometimes generate business and the Steamtown marathon gives a boost not just to the hotels but the restaurants its fantastic." said Michael Kearney of the Scranton Radisson Hotel
And right on Courthouse Square - the Northern Light Espresso Bar has the perfect view of the finish line.
"We're right in the mix of it the finish line is about a block and a half away we get some of the runner afterwards but mostly families and friends come around its quite a nice day." noted Darby MacDowall, owner Northern Light Espresso Bar
Owner Darby MacDowall says events like the Steamtown marathon are crucial for business - and turn what would have been an average day into a record breaker...
"Anything that brings people to Scranton and puts Scranton on the map its wonderful its great for business and we really appreciate it." added Darby
The affects aren't only felt in Scranton. Officials at the Hampton Inn a few miles down the road in Moosic says rooms are booking up.
"We've seen a great increase for this weekend and we're almost sold out!" said Lori Blaskeslee, of the Hampton Inn in Moosic,