Runners tackle New York marathon


A group of runners from Northeastern Pennsylvania competed in the New York City Marathon as part of WNEP Channel 16’s Ryan Lecky’s Ryan’s Run 9 team.

The annual 26.2-mile marathon, which attracts more than 50,000 runners and 12,000 volunteers, was held on Saturday, November 4, begins on Staten Island and ends in Central Park.

The first New York City Marathon, organized in 1970 was held entirely in Central Park. Of 127 entrants, only 55 men finished; the sole female entrant dropped out due to illness.

The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon had the largest field in event history, with more than 52,000 finishers.

Mary Keitany became the only woman in event history, other than nine-time champion Grete Waitz to win the open division four times with her victory, while Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa took the men’s title. In the wheelchair division, Manuela Schär repeated as the women’s champion and 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk became the first American man to win the wheelchair race and the youngest champion in the division’s history.

Desisa, 28, finished first overall with a time of 2 hours, five minutes, and 59 seconds. This was his fourth time winning the NYC marathon.

Locally, Harford’s Matt Aten, a Lackawanna Trail graduate, registered a time of 4:17.52, landing him in 20, 783 place out of the 52,700 racers.

According to his Facebook page, Aten was able to raise $9,271.32 towards the team’s record-breaking $602,543 total donation to Allied Services.

He said, “The TCS New York City Marathon will be my second full marathon. This past January I completed my first marathon in Walt Disney World with my brother Jeff Smith. The greatest achievement as both a runner and employee of Allied Services will be representing the staff, families, and individuals within my department through the Ryan’s Run 9 campaign.”

The charity campaign benefits kids and adults with disabilities. Allied Services is one of this area’s largest non profits with a mission of “providing miracles in rehab.”

The money raised will fund life-changing technology.

In nine years, Ryan’s Run has raised over $3.1 million dollars.

Pennsylvania sent a total of 574 runners to the Big Apple, with 268 of them male and 306 female.

From Leckey’s team of 49 runners, 19 of them consider Wyoming, Lackawanna, or Susquehanna their hometowns.

The highest placing of those runners was Tunkhannock’s Adam Edwards, whose time of 3:45.00 put him in 8,994 place.

Edwards ran in memory of someone close to the hearts of his family and their whole community; Kara Cook.

“Kara was a beautiful, caring and kind young lady, and the strongest kid I’ve known. Her smile lit up the room I will carry her smile with me on race day,” said Edwards.

Kara lost her battle with cancer in September of 2017. Even when she was sick she had a smile on her face and would not quit. She was a member of the T-Town Twirlers and a student at Whipples Dance Studio, where she danced Ballet and Irish.

Husband and wife team Corey and Erin Burns also ran in New York.

“We’ve been fortunate to be part of this campaign for many years, either behind the camera or helping to organize fund raising events or capturing milestones with patient ambassadors. This year will be especially rewarding as we share the experience of running the marathon-for Eva,” said Erin Burns, another Trail grad.

Five year old Eva Kilduff was born with two-thirds of her liver outside of her body, a condition known as an Omphalocele. She came eight weeks early to this world and had bilateral ventricular bleeds (strokes) in her brain which delayed her developmentally.

At eight months old, Eva was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Vision Impairment.

Today, she speeds around the house chasing her dog in her walker or wheelchair. She uses her expanded vocabulary to joke and make people laugh, and meet new friends.

Because of her hard work in therapy, Eva attended a communication based pre-kindergarten class at Dallas Elementary.

NYC Marathon

Local Finishers

1-Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:05.59; 8,994- Adam Edwards (Tunkhannock) 3:45.00; 20,783- Matt Aten (Harford) 4:17.52; 36,795- Jeff Smith (Kingsley) 5:01.33; 49,884- Corey Burns (Factoryville) 6:21.24; 49,885- Erin Burns (Factoryville) 6:21.25.


WNEP’s Ryan’s Run raised more than $600,000 with help from the community

On November 4, 2018, WNEP’s Ryan Leckey and a team of 50 athletes competed in the TCS New York City Marathon. Touted as one of the largest sporting events in the world, the annual marathon courses through the five boroughs of New York City. This year’s race featured more than 52,000 finishers. For athletes representing WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, the race was the culmination of months of training and fundraising. On November 9th, the campaign, now in its 9th year, came to a close with the announcement that a total of $602,543 was raised in for Allied Services in 2018.

The campaign officially kicked off in late August at a concert hosted by 9-year corporate sponsor Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the following months, the volunteer runners spent many hours training to prepare for the race, all while raising funds for the cause. Supporters purchased official Ryan’s Run shirts and participated in fundraisers hosted by local schools, running clubs, and more, all to benefit the campaign. Many turned out to cheer on runners and walkers at the Sixth Annual Ryan’s Run 5k and All-Abilities Walk held in early October.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the continued generosity of our community, corporate sponsors, employees, local schools and runners” commented William Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services Integrated Health System. “We’re fortunate to have the support of so many partners and individuals who are committed to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and life-changing injuries.”

Thanks to the support of WNEP TV, its major sponsors and the generosity of the local community, the Ryan’s Run campaign has raised more than $3.2 million since 2010. The proceeds from this year’s campaign will benefit individuals with disabilities and life-changing injuries served by Allied Services, enabling the non-profit health system to invest in cutting-edge technology and services throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Allied Services wish to thank media sponsor WNEP TV-16, corporate sponsors Baker Tilly, Jack Williams Tire, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates P.C., Open Access Marketing, Weis Markets, Lamar Advertising, United Concordia Dental, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, signature event sponsors Aon and Quantum Rehab, and the many Ryan’s Run donors for their outstanding commitment to supporting children and adults with disabilities.

Photo ID: from left Corey Burns, Assistant Chief Photographer, WNEP TV; Erin Burns, Public Relations Specialist, Allied Services; Wally Sokolowski, Physical Therapy Assistant, Allied Services; Lynne Duncan, Speech Language Pathologist, Allied Services; Matt Aten, Activities & Life Skills Coordinator, Allied Services; Ryan Leckey, Reporter/Producer, WNEP TV; Charlotte Wright, Director of External Affairs, Allied Services; Jim Brogna, Vice President of Corporate Advancement & Communications, Allied Services.??

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 9 Raises More Than $600,000



Friday, November 9, marked the grand finale of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 9 with a big check presentation at Allied Services in Scranton.

The charity campaign benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. Allied is one of our area’s largest nonprofit organizations with a mission of “providing miracles in rehab.”

Thanks to your help, Ryan’s Run 9 raised $602,543 for Allied Services.

Julie’s Journey

This year, our cause has extra meaning for many of us here at the news station.

Julie Melf is the Nighttime News Manager at WNEP. She is a valuable player here at Newswatch 16. Earlier this year, Julie had a problem with her mechanical valve in her heart and suffered a massive stroke at 35.

The cutting-edge technology at Allied Services, bought with your donations, has helped her therapy progress.

Check out her story here.


TCS New York City Marathon

On Friday, Ryan Leckey gave us an inside look at our charity team in action at TCS New York City Marathon.


More about Ryan’s Run

In nine years, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run has raised more than $3.1 million to help kids and adults with disabilities throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

The campaign has also received multiple honors. Ryan’s Run was named by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as an “Outstanding Television Public Service Campaign.”

To learn more about WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, click here.

To inquire about our team for next year’s campaign, contact Charlotte Wright at Allied Services via email at

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run reached global status

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run reached global status once again thanks to the generous support of Open Access BPO. The Philippines-based company is a 3-year, major sponsor of the annual charity campaign, contributing $25,000 to Allied Services in 2018 alone. Although the multi-lingual customer care and support center is based in the Philippines, it does have local ties. The CEO of Open Access Marketing, Ben Davidowitz, is a native of Kingston. A longtime Ryan’s Run supporter, Mr. Davidowitz is also the brother of Team Leckey member Steve Davidowitz of Dallas. Steve has run and raised funds for Allied Services for 8 years. Three Open Access employees from the Philippines represented the company in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, running alongside volunteer runners from around Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Washington State.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Ryan’s Run campaign are being earmarked for the Indego, a rehabilitation device recently FDA-approved for use with patients learning to walk following a stroke. Indego is a powered lower limb exoskeleton enabling people with spinal cord injuries, and now stroke, to walk and participate in gait training.

About Open Access BPO: Open Access BPO started out as a telemarketing startup, a sole proprietorship founded by Ben Davidowitz in San Carlos, California in 2006. Not much later, Davidowitz partnered with Henry Chang to start an LLC which later branched out into two operating sites. The company first transferred its facilities to Makati City, Philippines in 2007, later expanding to Taipei, Taiwan in 2014 and Davao City, Philippines the following year. The company now employs more than 1,300 employees handling various accounts from businesses of all sizes and industries around the world.

Photo ID: front row from left: Steve Davidowitz, Ryan’s Run 9 member; Rafael Fuchs-Simon, Marketing Director, Open Access BPO; Jeffrey Aspacio, Open Access BPO; Ryan Leckey, Reporter/Producer, WNEP TV; Ma. Leonisa Cantos, Open Access BPO; Clint Ortiz, Open Access BPO;  Charlotte Wright, Dir. Of External Affairs, Allied Services; Jim Brogna, VP of Corporate Advancement & Communication, Allied Services; Back row from left: Corey Burns, Assistant Chief Photographer, WNEP TV; Chris Langley, Assistant VP of Information Systems, Allied Services.?

Ryan’s Run Team Finishes NYC Marathon


NEW YORK — Sore legs aren’t stopping the smiles for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run team.

Members of the charity team finished the TCS New York City Marathon Sunday.

Among them were Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey, who finished in five hours, 22 minutes and photographer Corey Burns, who completed the race in six hours, 21 minutes.

The Ryan’s Run team joined nearly 50,000 runners from around the world in a 26.2-mile race through New York’s five boroughs.

Ryan’s Run involves a team of 50 area runners. The team’s been raising money to help kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

You can catch the final check presentation of this year’s campaign Friday morning on Newswatch 16.

Gearing up for Ryan’s Run 9


NEW YORK — WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run team is in New York City, gearing up for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

Many runners picked up their race bibs Saturday, including Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey.

Ryan’s Run helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

The Ryan’s Run team of 50 will join runners from all over the globe in the race.

You can track our crew’s 26.2-mile journey on your smartphone here.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run Team Hits NYC for Marathon


It’s the final task to tackle for members of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 9.

The event surrounds the “run portion” of Ryan’s Run which is the TCS New York City Marathon. It’ll be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. There’s still time to donate to this year’s campaign, click here!

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spearheads the charity campaign.

On Friday, Ryan shared stories from the Big Apple on our area’s impact on the world’s biggest marathon.

Head here for the history of behind WNEP’s Ryan’s Run. The final total of this year’s fundraising efforts will be announced next Friday, November 9, on Newswatch 16 This Morning.

Track Your Favorite Team Leckey Runners This Sunday:

You can track your favorite Ryan’s Run participant online here. (List of 2018 runners and bib numbers below)

You can also track runners using the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App. (You might have the app already from last year)

  1. Just search “TCS NYC Marathon” in the App Store or Google App store for non-iPhone users.
  2. Download. Then, hit TRACK RUNNERS. You can track up to 20.
  3. Type the runner’s  last name. (For example: type LECKEY, and then click the + sign to add the runner. You’ll enter these one at a time.)

Add anyone else’s name from our Ryan’s Run team who you would like to follow during Sunday’s marathon:

Frightfully Fun Ideas for Halloween: Spooktacular Snacks & More!


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Across our area on Wednesday, students are getting decked out for Halloween.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey visited Jefferson Elementary Center near Mt. Cobb where the frightfully fun school day started early for some creative kids.

Students offered a few ideas for spooktacular snacks for Halloween.

Also on Wednesday, members of the Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Department highlighted their FireTruck or Treating event.

It runs October 31, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the fire department off Blue Shutters Road. Head here for more information!

Students at Jefferson Elementary Center also shared details on how they’re raising funds for one of their teachers battling cancer. Click here to learn more about the cause and GoFundMe account.

The National Retail Federation predicts Halloween spending to be at one of its highest levels in years. Head here to see the most popular costumes of this year and how much money is expected to be shelled out on the holiday nationwide.

Runners from Philippines to participate in ‘Ryan’s Run’

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run will send 50 runners to the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 4. These participants have collaborated to raise money for Allied Services, an official Silver Level charity partner of this event. Among this year’s members will be three runners from the Philippines: Jeffrey Aspacio, Ma Leonisa Cantos and Clint Ortiz. These Filipino athletes are employees of Open Access BPO, a multilingual customer care and back office support provider. Twenty colleagues will be flown into New York City for Marathon Weekend to cheer on Jeff, Euniz and Clint. The principals of Open Access BPO are Ben Davidowitz (a native of Kingston) and Henry Chang. Open Access BPO is based in Makati, Philippines and is a major sponsor of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run. From left, are Jeffrey Aspacio, Ma Leonisa Cantos and Clint Ortiz.

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