New Race Start Times
The Marathon and Half Marathon will start at 7 am, one hour ealier in 2016 than in previous years to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures.
The 5k Road race will start at 8 am, half an hour ealier than in previous years in order to clear the finish line area for the earlier arrival of the Marathon.
No Refunds - No Deferrals Policy
The Run for the Red will not offer refunds or deferals of registrations for the 2016 races. If you are concerned about being reimbursed for your entry fee if you are unable to run, consider purchasing "Registration Protector" provided by Allianz Global Assistance through Active.com when it is offered in the "Review cart & check out" step of registration (full coverage details here). Registrations may be transferred to another individual (through 5/5/16) and/or registration categories may be changed (through 3/31/16) by the registrant for a processing fee.
Registration & Category Transfers
To transfer your registration to someone else, follow these instructions here. There is a $10 fee in addition to any difference in price and the deadline to transfer your registration to someone else is 5/5/16.
To change the category you are registered for, follow the instructions here. There is a $10 fee in addition to any difference in price and the deadline to change your category is 5/5/16.
Half Marathon Replaces Marathon Relay
For our 11th year, we have eliminated the Marathon Relay and are launching a Half Marathon. The Half Marathon will share the start and course with the full Marathon, finishing at mile 13.1 of the Marathon course. Shuttles will then return Half Marathon runners to their cars at the start.
Marathon Cap: 1600 Runners
Once the Marathon reaches 1600 entrees registration will close. There have never been over 1100 runners registered.
Half Marathon Cap: 400 Runners
Once the Half Marathon 400 entrees registration will close. This is the first year of this race so we cannot predict if the cap will be reached.
No Race Day Registration
Race day registration is not available for the Marathon or the Half Marathon. Start your training early and plan ahead.
Packet Pickup Runners' Expo
Packet pickup is Saturday May 14th at the Runners' Expo at the Stroudsburg High School cafeteria from 10 am - 7 pm. Photo ID must be presented. To pick up another runner's packet, you must present a copy of their photo ID.
$20 Race Day Packet Pickup
Race day packet pickup on Sunday May 15th for the Marathon and Marathon Relay is available at the start at Pocono Mountain West High School for $20 per participant - CASH ONLY. You must make arrangements for race day pickup by emailing your full name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to May 111th. Pickup will be available from 5:30 am - 6:30 am.
The 26.2 mile Run for the Red Pocono Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. Information about qualifying times can be found on the Boston Marathon website.
Vehicle Traffic on the Course
Runner safety is our number one concern. However, the majority of the course runs on public roads. The major intersections are manned. Most minor intersections are manned. Most of the course cannot be fully closed and runners must run at their own risk.
Marathon and Half Marathon runners must report to the start at Pocono Mountain West High School on Panther Lane, Pocono Summit, PA. All vehicular traffic must enter the school from Route 940 (at GPS coord 41.114238, -75.419353). Access to Panther Lane from Sullivan Trail will be closed. Runners may leave their cars at the start and return by shuttle bus when they finish the race.
Clothing bags are available to runners at the start of the race. They are marked with the runner's bib number and are transported to the finish of the race.
Mount Pocono on May 15th: Average High 66°F   Average Low 42°F
Links for the forecast: at the Start - Pocono Summit | at the Finish - Stroudsburg