A group of runners from Northeastern Pennsylvania competed in the New York City Marathon as part of WNEP Channel 16’s Ryan Lecky’s Team Allied Services 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 Team Allied Services 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, Team Allied Services 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.

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