Founded in 1996, The Steamtown Marathon is a USATF-certified 26.2 mile road race held annually in NEPA on the Sunday before Columbus Day. The point-to-point course features a 955′ net elevation drop from start to finish. Known for its fast course and for being an excellent qualifier for the Boston Marathon, the Steamtown Marathon has been rated the 6th best overall marathon in the nation in a survey of more than 8,000 runners by Runner’s World magazine. The race starts at Forest City High School and finishes on Courthouse Square in Downtown Scranton. Along the way, competitors pass through 14 communities and run on several miles of beautiful Rails to Trails adjacent to the Lackawanna River.