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Picture This: Electric City Classic Hill Climb

Cyclists Take on Historic Olive Street

The Electric City Classic Hill Climb returned to Scranton this year with events for professionals, amateurs and families alike. The event, which is a project of Scranton Tomorrow, challenged cyclists to race up the steep hill on Olive Street. The pavement eventually gives way to bricks and creates a challenge unlike any other in NEPA.

On August 28, cyclists of all levels came out to see if they had what it takes. The evening started with the competitive open tournaments and fixed gear hill climb. Spectators gathered on the sidewalks to cheer on the pro and amateur cyclists.

Then, it was time for a little fun, including a kids ride and a “No Spandex” race. Parents could join for the U5-in-Tow race, where they had to pedal up the hill with their kids in a trailer or ride-along.

The Hill Climb wasn’t just for cyclists either. New this year, Scranton Running Company held the Electric City 1-Mile Dash, where runners could take on the grueling Hill Climb course. Organizers also added a new Wheelbarrow Run, where teams of 4 or more had to push one of their members uphill in a wheelbarrow (with fame and glory on the line).

We stopped to cheer on the racers and catch all the action. Check out our photos for some of the highlights.

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