YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown marathon returned to the Valley Sunday.
Though it didn’t see the numbers in years past, 700 people laced up their shoes and took part.
There was a 5K, half and full marathon race. As runners came across the finish line, they all said Sunday was the perfect weather for a race.
“If you are a marathoner or half-marathoner, this is a 9 or 10 on a scale of one to 10,” said title sponsor Mike Schrock.
One group walked the half-marathon, but with a twist.
Kathy Marshall is with the Saint Patrick Food Pantry in Hubbard. Her group carried grocery bags the full 13.1 miles.
“I am walking in solidarity with people that have to walk to access food,” Marshall said.
Normally the races draw in more than 1,200 participants. This year, they had to compete with Cleveland’s marathon, which was also Sunday. Their marathon is normally in May but was postponed due to the pandemic.
It was the first Youngstown Marathon since 2019.
“It’s just nice to see it coming back. Seems like it’s coming along strong this year,” said runner Bruce McIntosh.
McIntosh is the leader of “Justa Running Group,” which has been training together for races for about five years.
“A lot of times we all train together. It’s always nice to have somebody to do the hard workouts with or do the long runs with. So, that’s really a great motivation, to know somebody is going to be there so you have to show up,” McIntosh said.