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Electric City Classic returns with hill climb, 1-mile dash, wheelbarrow race, and more on Aug. 28 in Scranton

Electric City Classic returns with hill climb, 1-mile dash, wheelbarrow race, and more on Aug. 28 in Scranton
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From a press release:

People of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the second annual Electric City Classic Hill Climb on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on Olive Street in Scranton. A project of Scranton Tomorrow, the event is presented by Geisinger.

In 2019, the inaugural event featured professional and amateur cyclists racing up the historic cobbled Olive Street in the Hill Section of Scranton as fans cheered. It was the first time since 1980 that a professional bike race was held in the city.

This year, the excitement returns with athletes tackling the steep slopes of Olive Street (between Taylor and Prescott Avenues) and new elements to encourage community participation, including a running component and activities for children.

New community cycling elements for adults include a No Spandex Open Race, a competition racing up Olive Street one time. Parents are encouraged to steer their bicycles up Olive Street with their children in a trailer or ride-along in the U5-in-Tow event. Children are invited to pedal their bikes uphill one time in the Kids Ride Up Olive Street. Professional and amateur competitive cyclists with USA Cycling licenses are eligible to compete in the ECC Hill Climb’s Open Men’s, Women’s, and Fixed Gear Categories. Helmets are required in all races.

Runners will enjoy the challenge of the Electric City Classic 1-Mile Dash. Through a partnership with Scranton Running Company, people of all ages will run multiple laps through the Hill Section.

The Wheelbarrow Run is a unique competition for teams of four. Three people will push their passenger uphill in a wheelbarrow in a race to the top of Olive Street. Teams are encouraged to decorate their wheelbarrows in the same way they might decorate a parade float.

Advanced registration is encouraged, and in some cases, required for these events. To register, visit

Electric City Classic schedule on Saturday, Aug. 28

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Registration and number pickup

4 p.m.: Course open for warm-up

4:30 p.m.: Food trucks open

4:30 p.m.: Runners call to start line

4:40 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: 1-Mile Run Race

5:15 p.m.: Call to staging for cyclists

5:20 p.m.: Open Fixed Gear

To follow: Open Women

To follow: Open Men

5:45 p.m.: No Spandex Race

6 p.m.: U5-in-Tow/Kids Race

6:10 p.m.: Open Cycling Round 2

6:30 p.m.: Wheelbarrow Team Event

6:40 p.m.: Open Cycling Finals

7 p.m.: Podium for Cycling Tournament