Run for the Red - Pocono Marathon

Stroudsburg, PA - The Red Cross Poconos Chapter is pleased to announce its annual Run for the Red Pocono Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Pocono Summit, Pa. The marathon begins at 8 a.m. and starts at Pocono Mountain West High School. The 5K beings at 8:30 a.m. and starts at Stroudsburg High School.

Packet pickup will take place at the Runner's Expo from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, located inside the Stroudsburg High School cafeteria. Runners can access the cafeteria from Main Street via Elizabeth Street. Runners who cannot make it during these hours can give a friend a copy of their ID and have them pick it up on their behalf.

If runners have no other option but to pick up their packet the morning of, they must e-mail to request race-day packet pick up. The email should include their name and phone number and these runners have to pay $20 in cash to take advantage of this service. Race-day packet pick up will take place at Pocono Mountain West High School starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 18.

Marathon runners must park or get dropped off at the start of the race. Volunteers will quickly guide cars to parking at Pocono Mountain West High School. Shuttle buses will return runners to their cars following the race. Parking for the 5K is limited at Stroudsburg High School, so runners can be dropped off near the cafeteria. Runners and fans for the 5K should be prepared to park on Main Street.

This year’s Run for the Red Marathon draws runners from 30 states and 6 countries. The farthest traveler comes from Kailua, HI, a 12-hour flight, with the runner up being from Anchorage, AK, 10 hours by jet. The oldest marathon registrant is 77 years old and over 40 runners are over the age of 60. Course record holder and 3-time champion Bryan Morseman returns for his fifth Run for the Red Marathon. Other elite male registrants include: Arturs Bareikis, Peter Kemboi, and Edward Kiptum who are new to the Run for the Red course. Last year’s female winner, Ashley Olson, will also return this year looking for a repeat victory.

Proceeds raised from the Run for the Red Pocono Marathon will go towards funding the invaluable programs and services the Red Cross offers throughout the Poconos.

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