This year the marathon and half marathon will start at 7 a.m. at Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus in Tannersville.
A PennDOT bridge replacement project along the previous course will close a portion of the former route to runners and vehicles in 2019. The detour around the closure adds too much distance to the old route so a new course was necessary. The Run for the Red committee considered nearly a dozen alternate routes before identifying a good marathon and half marathon course route to use in 2019. The race is expected to return to the classic Pocono Summit to Stroudsburg course in 2020 if the road is re-opened.
The 5k road race steps off at 8 a.m. at Stroudsburg High School. The marathon finishes at the Stroudsburg High School stadium. The half marathon finishes at Mountainview Vineyards. The Pocono Marathon serves as a qualifying race for the 2020 Boston Marathon. A total of $6,000 in prize money is awarded for the top three male and female finishers of the Pocono Marathon this year.
Interested runners can register now for the marathon, half marathon, or 5k.
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Run for the Red Pocono Marathon. Blue Ridge Communications Channel 13 will broadcast the finish of the marathon from Stroudsburg High School.
As part of race weekend, the annual Runner’s Expo will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. outside of the gymnasiam of Stroudsburg High School.
The Run for the Red Pocono Marathon is a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. In the past year across the Pocono Mountains, the Red Cross responded to nearly 60 emergencies and provided emergency assistance for more than 200 people. In addition, the Red Cross and local community partners installed more than 800 lifesaving smoke alarms, educated more than 1,000 elementary students in emergency preparedness, taught more than 8,500 adults lifesaving skills like First Aid and CPR, collected more than 7,000 blood donations and helped military members, veterans and their families with more than 250 services through the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program.