The family of Eric Sweeney and Glen Stook cheered "we are proud of them wooooooo!!"
Sweeney and Stook promised to run their first marathon as a team. Sweeney who is from Harrisburg says "the home stretch was awesome because we had a really rough couple of miles at the end, but the crowd at the end really brought us home." "My buddy dragged me into it," laughs Stook of Bloomsburg.
Spirits soared through the damp cool air as the outpour of support made the Steamtown Marathon well worth the trek for runners. David Satterlee of York ran the race and says, "the crowd support along the whole thing was amazing. Everybody is like giving you food and has water, like i never heard such a supportive crowd along the whole thing, it was amazing."
Despite coming from every corner of the globe the people in northeastern Pennsylvania Sunday all seemed to come together as one big family. Lake Ariel resident, Marsha Reingold, says "I think it's great! I mean I moved up here 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York and I just love the people up here, they really get into it. It's just a wonderful community out here."
The support is a sure sign that this family affair will continue for years to come. "It was a good experience, course was great. A lot of great people cheering us on the whole time," says Sweeney.
Most of the runners at Sunday's race said
the last stretch was the hardest part of the course, but cheers from the crowd
helped make it that much easier to finish.