About Us

The Valley Running Company was founded in the Summer of 2017. The Wyoming Valley has long boasted a thriving local running and walking community. It deserves its own running specialty shop and we are so excited and honored to fill that void. Every single one of our customers will experience a personalized, unique, rewarding and efficient shopping experience. Our team is well-trained to fit for running shoes, whether they will be used for running, walking, or work. If you have the time for it and would like, we’ll conduct a gait analysis. This is helpful to observe how long you stay in the pronation and supination phases while walking and/ or running. Learn more about our fit process here!

VRC and SRC team at the Black Diamond Running Series: Mainline 5k 2022
Some of the VRC and SRC team at the Black Diamond Running Series: Mainline 5k 2022.

Our People

Matt Byrne

Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Matt earned his footwear fitting stripes in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, PA. There he was a Manager at Philadelphia Runner, a specialty running store in the University City section of Philadelphia. Matt joined the Philly Runner team in 2004 and oversaw all aspects of the store’s operations. His product knowledge and ability to outfit a customer in the appropriate running or walking shoe is unsurpassed. When not at the Scranton Running Company, Matt can be found running the streets and trails of Scranton, starting and ending in his favorite place in the world: Minooka, PA.

While at Scranton High School, Matt set the school record in the 3200 meters (it still stands) and earned three-time All-State honors. At St. Joseph’s University, he won three individual Atlantic 10 Conference championships and was recently inducted into the University’s Track & Field Hall of Fame. Upon graduating, Matt turned his attention to longer distances, winning Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon in 2004, 2006 and 2012. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon in 2004 and once again in 2008. He has also represented the United States in the World Mountain Running Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Matt has substantial coaching experience, including mentoring high school runners for the past thirteen years at two separate summer camps.

Jason Geadrities

Born and raised in Binghamton, New York, Jason relocated to NEPA after his collegiate years at College Misericordia. While Jason did not compete as a runner in high school or college, he found a passion for running from co-worker and college classmate Justin, who introduced him to long distance running. Since taking up the sport, Jason has run several half-marathons as well as completed the Steamtown Marathon. Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Misericordia as well as a Master’s Degree In Sport Management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. He has previously worked as an Assistant Athletic Director at nearby Keystone College.

Jason spends a good portion of his time during racing season organizing, managing, and timing local races with our SRC Race Management team. In his spare time, you can find Jason logging some miles up and down the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. He’s also an avid soccer fan and is known to tune the store TV’s into English Premier League or Major League Soccer games.

Eric Grego

Eric discovered running in 7th grade, eventually running for Coughlin High School and then for King’s College. After graduation and some rest, he started training for half marathons and marathons.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Eric love’s running around his hometown of Swoyersville for his casual runs, and for his training runs he likes to incorporate the Back Mountain Trail to get slight hills into his mileage. His favorite races are the Forth Fort Five Miler and the Steamtown Marathon. Those races each bring a hometown feel to the area. 

Favorite Shoe: Since middle school, Eric has been running in Mizuno Wave Riders and continues to run in them to this day. Fun fact: when Eric got a running tattoo in college, the artist asked what his favorite shoe to wear is. Eric replied, “Mizuno.” The Mizuno logo now resides in the shoe part of his tattoo. 

When I am not running, you can find me… attempting to play golf, watching Philadelphia sporting events (Fly Eagles Fly!) or watching tv shows with his wife.

Gareth Henderson

Gareth is a latecomer to the running scene.  Growing up in Wyalusing, Gareth had the opportunity to run all the backroads and trails of Pennsylvania’s rural northern tier.  But he didn’t!  Unlike most of his coworkers who ran in high school and college, Gareth spent his younger years doing karate and kick-boxing.  However he eventually realized that getting punched hurts, so he joined the sport where the competitors get disqualified for making contact with others.

Since then, Gareth has found his groove in half-marathons and marathon.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Most of the time, Gareth can be found running around the Wyoming Valley and the Shickshinny area (often on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail).  On the rare occasion he has some free time, Gareth enjoys taking a day trip to a new trail or a state park for a trail run.  However, as a true resident of “The Valley,” Scranton is just too far for a run…

Favorite Shoe: Once a dedicated Brooks runner, Gareth has branched out to various brands for his miles. With a collection of 50+ running shoes cluttering his apartment, Gareth’s go-to race shoes are the Saucony Endorphin series. He uses the Endorphin Elite for longer races and the Speeds for up-tempo workouts. When hitting the trails, he’s typically lacing up the Saucony Endorphin Edge. Finally, for the recovery days, it’s going to be the Saucony Triumph. 

When I am not running, you can find me… Gareth’s “real job” as he describes it is being a business teacher at Northwest Area High School, where he also coaches the Ranger Cross Country and Track & Field programs.  He also enjoys playing drums, dining out, and finding small town coffee shops.

Madi Kammer

Growing up in the rural countryside of NEPA, Madi attended and graduated from Western Wayne High School in 2022. She got into running in middle school and hasn’t stopped since! Madi now is an active member of the teams at Misericordia University. While her main events are the 800/1500, she isn’t afraid to dabble in some of the other distance events. Along with athletics at Misericordia, Madi is currently in her undergrad years studying occupational therapy with a minor in psychology. 

Favorite Shoe: As a proud stability shoe wearer, Madi enjoys doing her daily mileage in New Balance’s 860. For workouts, Saucony’s Endorphin Speed gets the job done well.

Favorite Race: While most of Madi’s racing is done during season, she finds the 8k from the Black Diamond Series at Montage Mountain to be quite unique. It has brought forth a type of pain she didn’t know exists, in a good way, of course!

Favorite Routes/Places: She often takes up the hills of Dallas, PA. The Harvey’s Lake loop never gets old for a good weekend long run. Other times, the Back Mountain Trail or the levee systems are enjoyable. 

When I am not running you can find me… looking for new coffee shops and flavors to try, studying around the clock, and discovering places to hike and explore.

Dave Levandoski

Born and raised in Swoyersville, PA, Dave grew up playing baseball and dreaming of the major leagues. He discovered running when he was in 7th grade when the school baseball coach made the team run a mile to get in shape. Dave will simply say he liked it because, “I was the fastest one.”

After discovering this talent, Dave joined the cross country team in 8th grade and eventually quit baseball to run track when his cross country friends convinced him to (it didn’t take much effort). After his high school career ended, Dave attended Penn State majoring in Surveying Engineering and graduated in 2015.

Needing something to fill the void of running for a team, Dave started coaching in 2010, “for something to do,” while in college. Thirteen years later and he’s still at it. He’ll tell you he’s “hip” and that his runners help keep him feeling like he’s a 20-year-old. He has coached all levels of running from elementary through college level athletes and is currently an assistant track and cross country coach at King’s College.

His (now) wife, Carly (see above on this page), convinced him to run the Steamtown Marathon in 2017 after they met. Dave religiously runs Run for the Diamonds in Berwick every year and has completed 17 consecutive diamonds. He’ll gladly tell you he’s going for 50 and Carly will not so gladly tell you he likes to get there at 7:30 AM for a 10:00 AM race start so he can get a good parking spot.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Run for the Diamonds, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Lehman Area

Favorite Shoe: ON Cloudrunner, Hoka Speedgoat

When I am not running, you can find me… Galivanting with my dog Linden, at a brewery with my wife Carly, anywhere with a good fish taco, or if I’m lucky, all three of the above at the same time.

Chris Mandracchia

After living in New York City for 5 years after graduating college, Chris moved to Kingston in June 2023. He started running in high school on the cross country and track teams. After taking a break from running for a few years, he got back into it as a way to stay fit when gyms shut down in 2020. After a few years of consistent training, Chris ran his first half marathon in April 2022. Aside from running, Chris enjoys hiking. He has completed a 40 mile section of Vermont’s Long Trail and plans to complete more sections on future backpacking trips.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Kirby Park levee trail

Favorite Shoe: Brooks Glycerin

When I am not running, you can find me… Walking my dog Lenny

Trey Rhinehart

Hello everyone, my name is Trey Rhinehart and I am a current student at Misericordia out of Easton, PA. I am a Business Administration major seeking further education in the Physical Therapy doctorate program after graduating with my bachelors degree. On top of that, I also run on the Misericordia cross country and track and field programs running mostly mid distance events ranging from the 800-5k on the track. I discovered running my freshman year of high school and never looked back after joining the cross country team!

Favorite Shoes: Having flat feet leaves me with a very limited choice of shoes, but I have found a great relationship with the Asics Gel-Kayanos for everyday running, Vaporfly 3s for workouts, and Dragonflys for race days.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Out of every event there is to run I would have to say that the mile run is by far my favorite. Some of my favorite routes include running on hiking trails such as Jacobsburg in Nazareth, nice gravel trails such as the Back Mountain trail, and primarily any random loop that can get me my exact mileage!

When I’m not running, you can find me… probably cross training, hanging around my friends at Misericordia, and studying around the clock. 

Matthew Rosetti

Born in Scranton, PA, Matt currently resides in New York City where he works for a large international bank. But he’s not all evil: he helped bring the Scranton Running Company to life. Matt graduated from Scranton High School and then from Lehigh University. He is an accomplished runner and has won the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in New York’s Central Park. He also finished second in Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon. Matt has competed in the Boston and New York City marathons. He was captain of both the track and cross-country teams at Lehigh University. Matt is a published author: The Worst of Sports (Random House, September 2007).

Logan Taylor

More widely known as LT, Logan has been an active runner since joining the Wyoming Valley West cross country and track teams in eighth grade. LT is currently enrolled at King’s College majoring in Pre-K through 4th grade Education. He is also a member of the XC/Track programs at King’s, running events from the 800m to the 10km. One of the most important parts of his running journey is ensuring his music choice fits the vibe of his run (rap on a workout day, sad Taylor Swift on a cloudy long run, IYKYK.). The most important part of his journey has been being able to run with his best friends like his teammates at King’s and his other besties in the MAC, AEC, Landmark, and PSAC conferences.

Favorite Shoes: Nike Invincible, New Balance 1080, Asics Gel-Nimbus, Nike Vaporflys, and Dragonflys for race days.

Favorite races/routes/places to run: Back Mountain Trail, Lehman hills, Harvey’s Lake, Lake Scranton, and basically anywhere with a track.

When I’m not running, you can find me… King’s campus with my friends/teammates, anywhere that serves burritos, and in the classroom for student teaching/observations.