Valley In Motion to Hold 5K

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Valley in Motions 5K

The race starts at 1pm on Saturday, May 6 and ends with a block party in front of the Backyard Ale House in downtown Scranton. 

Sign up here. We’ve had a few people register already, including a woman from Idaho. Good news travels fast!

We made a couple changes based on feedback last year. We made the walk shorter, adding hydration and a couple Office-themed activities to keep you going. And we’re adding a new turn to make sure runners can’t miss the Dwight Schrute Mural

Relive last year’s race with these photos or the race results. If you have your own photos, load them onto our Facebook post and drum up some excitement. Let’s get some exercise, have some fun, and make new memories!


VIM to Host The Office 5k

Valley in Motion is hosting The Office 5K. The road race passes sites featured on NBC’s “The Office.” Starting in the shadow of the Electric City sign in downtown Scranton, runners or walkers will pass the Penn Paper, Cooper’s, the Dwight mural, and more. Participants can dress up as their favorite Office character for fun and prizes.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 1pm
WHERE: Race starts and ends at the 500 Linden Street block in downtown Scranton
PRE-PARTY: Packet pickup and pre-race party at Cooper’s Seafood House on April 29 from 5-7pm. Office trivia, raffle baskets, and special Firkin Friday small-cask beer will be on tap.

A fun promotional video is here:

Race proceeds benefit Valley In Motion, a non-profit fostering community and quality of life in the Lackawanna Valley. More information about VIM at

Valley in Motion Bike Social

Valley In Motion is working with Veloce, Specialized Bicycles, and Groove Brewing to host an event for bikers, or would-be bike riders, in anticipation of the spring 2022 season. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 19, starting at 2pm, 120 Franklin Ave in downtown Scranton.

Marywood Architecture Students Design Exciting New Bus Shelters

On November 12, Marywood School of Architecture students presented designs for new bus shelters to representatives from COLTS, Lackawanna County’s transit system. Above, students share their experiences riding the county’s bus lines with new COLTS Director Tim McGrath.
Student Rachel Knuuti’s design for a busy intersection in Minooka includes a safer pickup point and a lane for food trucks.
Chris Salisbury’s urban forest would be centrally located on Mulberry Street at the University of Scranton.
Miranda Smith presents her innovative use of rail ties to create a much safer bus shelter in front of the Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel.
Many of the designs included electrical vehicle charging stations to increase utility and attract new ridership. Matthew Davis’s design included a peaceful waterfall at a proposed new stop at Green Ridge Senior Apartments.
Nicholas Biser’s circus tent-inspired bus shelter at Gerrity’s on Keyser Ave included a park and play area.

Blue Zones Project Community Transformation Presentation

Valley In Motion, a non-profit based in Mayfield, PA, is leading a coalition of health care organizations, foundations, and others to help NEPA become a Blue Zones Community.

“Blue Zones” are places where entire communities live significantly longer, healthier, and more active lives. A National Geographic study identified the commonalities across the Blue Zones areas that have led to their longevity and vitality. More than 50 communities across the United States have started the journey to become a Blue Zones Community. We’d like NEPA to be next.

This transformation is a large, multi-disciplinary effort that involves the entire community – schools, restaurants, grocery stores, government, businesses, faith-based organizations, and individuals. It works if we all get behind it.

As a leader in our community, we are thrilled to invite you to participate in an input session that will help the Blue Zones Project team learn more about NEPA and how employers are supporting employee wellbeing across NEPA. We ask for your help in representing employers in your region and sharing your ideas about the unique strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improving well-being in our community. There will be three “worksite wellness” sessions held April 27 – April 30. Space is limited, so please review the schedule and RSVP today.

Join us to hear more about Blue Zones Project in the morning to learn more about Blue Zones Project from their expert team.

Blue Zones Project Community Transformation Presentation
Tuesday April 27, 2021
9:00 am
LOCATION: Virtual event. RSVP for details

For the input session schedule and to RSVP for any of the events, visit: If you have questions, please contact Gus Fahey, President, Valley In Motion at

We hope you can join us to learn more about Blue Zones Project and how it can transform the future of NEPA!