The Run for the Red Pocono Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Road Race will be held Sunday, May 21. The event, in its 12th year, will raise money for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in the Pocono Mountains.
Both the full and half marathons start at 7 a.m. at Pocono Mountain West High School in Pocono Summit. The 5K road race steps off at 8 a.m. at Stroudsburg High School. The full marathon and 5K finish in the Stroudsburg High School stadium while the half marathon finishes at the Crescent Lodge in Paradise Valley. The Pocono Marathon serves as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon in 2018. A total of $8,000 in prize money is awarded for the top three male and female finishers of the Pocono Marathon this year.
Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono is once again a proud supporter of the 2017 Run for the Red Pocono Marathon. BRC 13 will televise the finish of the marathon from the high school on Sunday.
The Run for the Red Pocono Marathon is a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Across the Pocono Mountains, the Red Cross responded to about 60 emergencies in the past year, providing assistance to nearly 250 people. The Red Cross also helps save lives by installing about 700 free smoke alarms in the past year and training more than 8,000 people in lifesaving skills like CPR and First Aid. The Red Cross also collected nearly 4,000 blood donations in the past year.
Marathon weekend in the Poconos coincides with Armed Forces Day on Saturday. The American Red Cross assists military members, veterans and their families in a number of ways both locally and around the world.
RUNNER’S EXPO The Runner’s Expo will be held Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Stroudsburg High School. Here runners can pick up their packets and get more race information.
5K REGISTRATION The 5K road race through downtown Stroudsburg will be held again this year. Groups of runners are encouraged to participate. Interested runners can register online now. Cost of registration is just $20 right now and all proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.