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Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 65°F (18°C)
Average Low: 42° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 102.09
Course Score: 102.43

Race Size

2016: 559 Finishers
2015: 533 Finishers
2014: 624 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 37%
2015: 19.3%
2014: 29.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon is one of the fastest courses in the U.S. and a high percentage of finishers achieve Boston Marathon qualifying times on the net downhill course.

Although the course is a net downhill with a difference of over 1400 feet from the start and finish lines, the course does have many rolling hills which can take a toll on one's legs after the steep downhill miles (miles 6-11).

Marathon Rankings

The Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon was the 144th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 137th largest in 2014.

This year 37% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 19.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon the 44th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 3rd highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 102.43 ranks it as the 11th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Pennsylvania.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon a PR Score of 102.09. This PR Score ranks it as the 10th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Pennsylvania.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1884 feet (574m)
Min Elevation: 421 feet (128m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon

3 Stars from 5 Reviews

review of 2016 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This marathon was very well organized and run. I ran it to try to qualify for the Boston and came up a little short, but it was due to lack of speed than the course. There are some small hills in the final 5 miles, but nothing that I hadn't trained for. Overall, the course is downhill and allowed me to run a very aggressive pace through the first half without putting forth extra effort. You do run with traffic, but it was not an issue except for a 2 mile stretch when traffic going in both directions made it a challenge to cut the corners. Folks (drivers) were very cautious and courteous, and I never felt in any danger.

Race Tips

Even though this course is net/net down hill, you still need to pace yourself to have something left for the few hills at the end. The course is mostly on back roads and is very scenic. Being able to have access to the high school at the beginning was great to stay warm and use the facilities.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We got to the starting location around 6:15 or so. Volunteers directed you where to park. My wife took me, so I did not have to bother with a shuttle back to the starting line since this race is one way and not a loop back to start.

review of 2015 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


I signed up for this race to achieve my BQ since I was only 1 minute off on my last race, I missed it by over 35 minutes!!! Many reasons why: * Roads were in ridiculous shape. The big potholes were marked but we spent miles of the course dodging and wasting energy. We also had to run over a quarter of a mile on a closed road that had just recently been ripped up! There was re-barb and misc. construction materials ALL OVER. * Water stations were mismanaged. Yes, you can not control volunteers but there was NEVER any consistency as to which fluid (water or Gatorade) was in which cup and which was being served first. The volunteers rarely told you what they had in their hands and it was a constant guessing game when you arrived. Most volunteers just stood there with there hands out saying nothing. The exception was the station at 24.6...they rocked. * ZERO gels or ANY nutritional support. I did not personally need this but it was 86 degrees that day and runners were depleted...unacceptable. Praise to the people that brought us ice and orange slices out from their homes! * Two-way car traffic! There is a large number of non-runners in this community that do not wish this race to be there. They drove dangerously close to us runners, sped up right next to you, honked (even at those clearly off the side of the road) and had no problem yelling at us from their car windows with four letter words. I was disgusted! * Police officers, while most were nice, did not want to be there. They had no problem communicating to us runners that this was their day off and they did not appreciate us. Not sure what this was about but I can only guess that law enforcement and race directors don't have a great relationship. Regardless of their attitudes, I thanked each and every one. * Which brings me to my next point. The heat was stupid! It could have easily been avoided by starting at 6am. The reason for the late start posted to FB by the race is that law enforcement refuses to help with an earlier start. In the end, a man dropped from a heart attack, many racers were carried off course by ambulances (of which I witnessed no less than six personally), and the medical center had a television spot the next morning declaring that racers filled up their ERs. * The finish line, while staffed with medical center professionals, was inadequate. They ran out of ice and were constantly scrambling to deal with those in bad shape. Did they get it done? Yes, but not what you would expect out of a race running for 10 years. There was extremely minimal replenishment at the end...it was like they ran out of money. My family took me to nearby grocery store for electrolyte and nourishment. I am a seasoned runner and can honestly say...please avoid this one. It would be good if you have no time goals and were out to run it with a group of friends...and come prepared!

Race Tips

Come prepared for heat, crazy two-way traffic and bad attitudes:-(.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2015 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Many showed up to try and BQ and many were disappointed. Typically the Pocono's are relatively cool in May, but this years 86 deg and 95% humidity made an already challenging course for runners a dangerous one. Do not let the net downhill fool you. Yes, you can coast on the middle section of the race, but the last 5 miles is where the real work starts with 4 big, steep, punishing hills. The positioning of the hills is just killer. If you are looking to BQ and you live in PA I would consider another race over this one. If you are just running for fun then I would recommend it.

Race Tips

Make sure to incorporate hill training (up and down) into your program. Bring extra fuel for the last 5 miles. Sunscreen:)

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Bring as much food, drink, etc. as you can when visiting this area. There are very little stores, shops etc. to get last minute supplies. Pocono Manor Inn is a great place to stay.

review of 2013 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I loved this race. Ran it in 2013 and it was my first sub-4:00 marathon. The course was easy for spectators and had a home-town charm to it. It's small and you won't have a lot of spectators or excitement to take your mind off the run, but it provides you with a great opportunity to focus on the race. The downhill was manageable with proper training and unlike Steamtown, the impact of the decline was not nearly as hard on my body as a steady downhill.

Race Tips

Have a spectator come along to see you at several points on the course, it's easy to navigate and there's so few spectators, you'll be glad to see a friendly face.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2012 Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


The hills were amazingly tough...and I live and train in a very hilly area. The website claims that it is downhill....well maybe they should talk about the many uphills as well.

Race Tips

Race day in 2012 was 82 degrees!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Pocono Mountain Run for the Red Marathon in 4:51:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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