A Fantastic Inaugural Race (about: 2006)|
Paul Melzer from Chesapeake Bay (5/7/06)
2 previous marathons
| 1 Pocono Mountain Run For The Red Marathon
RD Bob Werts did a phenomenal job of organizing this inaugural marathon. Starting from the pre-race packet (full to the brim with goodies), then transporting the runners from the finish in Stroudsburg to the start in Tobyhanna, through to the stadium finish at the Stroudsburg HS, everything came off without a hitch. The volunteers (about 20 per aid station and many more at both start and finish) were well coordinated and friendly, and the spectators along this rural route through the Pocono Mountains were very, VERY supportive; they seemed so happy to have this event come through their neighborhoods. The sponsor hotel was nice enough to offer a late check-out, so we could take a quick shower following the race. I swear, it seemed there were more police and firemen along this route than in either of the two [large] marathons I've run (Balt and Phil).
I've little doubt this race will grow to many times its size (about 400) in the coming years, but given the level of support from the local communities, it will have no problem with that. The elevation chart was a little deceptive (there are hills, albeit more down than up); still, I shaved off 10 minutes from my previous marathon time. People of Stroudsburg and environs can be proud about this one. (By the way, I have no affiliation with the race or the local area at all.)