The picturesque Poconos Mountains attract visitors year-round for outdoor recreation, fine dining, and entertainment provided by luxury Pocono resorts. Since 2005, however, athletes from around the globe come to the Poconos Mountains in May to participate in an officially certified 26.2-mile marathon. This year, the annual Run for the Red Pocono Marathon will be held on May 15. At Skytop Lodge, we are proud to welcome runners and spectators for the event.
The Run for the Red Cause
Proceeds from the 26.2-mile race in the Poconos benefit the American Red Cross of the Poconos. This nonprofit organization serves the 350,000 residents of Monroe, Pike, Carbon, and Wayne counties. The Red Cross in Eastern Pennsylvania provides emergency services, preparedness programs, and youth services for the area. Additionally, the organization offers lifesaving CPR, AED, and First Aid courses as well as aquatics and Nursing Assistant training.
The Run for the Red Course
For the past decade, the Run for the Red Pocono Marathon has drawn approximately 1,000 runners to the Poconos Mountains. Although it is a small race in comparison to other marathons, the Pocono Marathon is an official Boston Marathon Qualifier race. The course consists of several rolling hills that are both beautiful and challenging.
Although the course is scenic for runners, there are not a lot of locations along the course for spectators to safely cheer on marathoners. Fans are encouraged to cheer runners on from the starting line at Pocono Mountain West High School in Pocono Summit, PA. There is also ample parking and spectator viewing room at the finish line in the Stroudsburg High School Stadium. Both the start and finish of the race are located approximately 30 minutes from Skytop.
After the strenuous race, why not relax and pamper yourself at Skytop Lodge? Either of our two crystal clear swimming pools would be ideal for a post-race dip. Our trained massage therapists at Skyview Spa can help soothe the sore muscles, or enjoy an elegant meal in the Windsor Dining Room. If you are looking to stay at one of the most luxurious Pocono resorts for the Run for the Red, contact us today. Whether you are a marathoner or a spectator, you are welcome at Skytop Lodge.