(Stroudsburg, Monroe County WBRE/WYOU) – The 11th annual “Run For The Red” Marathon will be off and running this weekend.
For the first time, this year’s event will also include a half marathon and 5K community race in addition to the full marathon.
More than 2,000 runners are gearing up for the annual “Run for the Red” marathon to help benefit the American Red Cross disaster relief of the Pocono Mountains.
From the starting line at Pocono Mountain West High School to the finish line at Stroudsburg High School stadium, runners and their supporters will flood the area, which many business owners say is a good thing.
“It helps the small businesses, brings people that don’t normally come into Stroudsburg downtown, show them the amenities that we have… it’s good, it’s good,” Manger of Philly Steaks & Philly Pub in Stroudsburg Fintin Fagan said.
“They’ll be coming in and they’re be frequenting local restaurants, they’ll be staying at local hotels. It just brings great economic impact to our Pocono Mountains area and it exposes everyone to how beautiful it is to live here,” Michele Baehr, Executive Director, American Red Cross of The Pocono Mountains said.
All proceeds from the full marathon, half marathon and 5k community race will benefit the American Red Cross disaster relief in the Pocono Mountains, which covers Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties.
The Lehighton Area Middle School presented a $1,000 check to the American Red Cross.
“Any little thing that we can do can help someone or an entire family. Just keep them safe and it’s just a really good feeling,” Lehighton Area Middle School 8th Grader Meagan Gilder said.
“All of that money is going back to help your neighbor when your neighbor is in need,” Baehr said.
They’re hoping to raise $50,000 this year to help families in need after fires, flooding and other natural disasters.
The Pocono marathon serves as a qualifying race for the Boston marathon
A total of $8,000 in prize money is awarded for the top three male and female finishers of the Pocono marathon this year.