Pocono Mountains Challenge Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k

Sun October 24, 2021 Greentown, PA 18426 US Directions
Last day to register for a shirt is 10/10/2021

Pocono Half Marathon

8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Last day to register for a shirt is 10/10/2021

Promised Land 5k

8:10AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT

Pocono Marathon

8:00AM EDT - 1:30PM EDT
Promised Land Park
Upper Lake Overflow Parking Lot
Greentown, PA US 18426

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Promised Land Park
Upper Lake Overflow Parking Lot
Greentown, PA US 18426

Start/Finish and High elevation level to 1760'/536m

  • For competitive marathoners and half marathoners, there will be a 07:30am start for both events.
  • Pocono 1/2 Marathon and Marathon
    • Start at 8:00am
    • Start/finish is as Bear Wallow Rd., Greentown, PA 18426

  • Pocono 5K
    • Start at 8:10am
    • Start/Finish is as Bear Wallow Rd., Greentown, PA 18426

Pocono Mountains Challenge Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k

There will be race day registration on Sunday morning starting at 0630 am!

I just updated the registration so anyone who preregisters will receive the event shirt. There isn't a cutoff to register and receive a shirt.

We have decided to offer a marathon distance to our event. This course is certified as PA21001NP. We just made the decision to add the marathon distance to the race today. We are charging a very reasonable $80 entry fee. Marathon entries are limited to 300. 

Start/Finish and High elevation level to 1760'/536m.

There will be an open start line. You can start the marathon or half marathon at 06:30am up until 8am. We will have social distancing in place as well, and we ask that all in attendance wear a mask when not running.  The marathon course will be open from 06:30am to 1:30pm, so you'll have 7 hours to complete the course.

Marathon runners will receive all the goodies that the other athletes in the events receive: shirt, medal, post race food, and awards!

For competitive marathoners and half marathoners, there will be a 07:30am start for both events. All are welcome to start at that time. You don't need to do any special registration to start in this wave, nor will there be any required race times to start then.  All are welcome to start at 07:30am. Just let the faster runners start near the front. All results are based on chip time, so your time starts when you cross the start mat.

We have to be aware of Covid precautions. We did the competitive wave start at Two Rivers and it worked well. We bring the runners close to the start line, make announcements and tell them, "when I call you forward to the start line, you'll hear on your mark, get set, go!" Everyone is together in one place for less than 10 seconds.

Promised Land State Park is on the Pocono Plateau. The park consists primarily of beech, oak, maple, and hemlock trees. Two lakes and several small streams add to the park’s outstanding scenic beauty. Fall is the best time to visit the Poconos. The lush forests will be in full glory with all the vibrant colors of their fall leaves.  Both courses will be run on park roads with a paved surface and views of the lake and fall colors with minimal hills.


SUNDAY - Day of the race starting at 7:00AM
Pickup will be  near the Start/Finish Line


Will be in the Park's parking lot, there is ample parking 


Please continue to move through the finish line to receive water, medal and food. 
There will be vegetarian options available. 


There will be aid stations on the course at miles 2, 4 and 6 (which means 8, 10 and 12 for each loop.)
Please make sure to put your garbage (bottles, gels, etc.) in or near the provided garbage cans on the course (just after the aid stations) or carry it to the next station.


(FOR ALL RACES) Overall TOP 3 plus, top 3 in the following age groups.
19 & under 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+


3.5 hours for the Half Marathon. 7 hours for Marathon. If you need more time, you may request to begin the race early. 

  • Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k will be on paved park roads with minimal hills.
  • Start/Finish and High elevation level to 1760'/536m
  • Please see the course map with elevation chart for details, or contact the event for any specific questions.
  • We're happy to answer any questions.
  • The marathon is two loops of the course.
  • The 5k goes out 1.55 miles from the start and loops back.

The marathon certification process has started. I rode the course and measured it on Sept 5. I'll submit the documentation this week and plan to have a course certification number by late September. This number will make the course a Boston Qualifier!

Course map for the half marathon:  https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4447826065

pocono mts challenge map

pocono mts challenge 2


Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.



  • Bib and shirt pickup will begin at 7AM near the start line. 
  • There will be two separate lines (half marathon & 5K) *depending on staff numbers
  • Please have your QR code on your phone (from the registration email) or printed for the staff (take a screenshot, do not rely on internet/email once you get there!)
  • Detailed instructions will be emailed within a few days of the race. Please read it. Some of this information might change due to nature, number of people registered, etc. 


  • There will be day-off registration (if the event isn't sold out) 
  • You must register online through RunSignUp before entering the bib pickup line. 

Runners will receive amazing female OR male race themed short sleeve tech shirt. Please pay attention to what you are selecting when you register. With the increase in shirt production costs, we are not able to order extra shirts like we have in the past. What we have listed in your registration is what we will order. You can check this by signing into your runsignup account and pulling up the information for the race under "My Races."  You have untill the shirt cut off date to change your shirt size either by doing it yourself or emailing beccab.srr@gmail.com before the deadline.

medal 2021

Unique medals pertaining to the Poconos will be awarded to all participants in the half marathon, 5k & 10k. We will also have an additional medal for those running the challenge.


Sample design for race t-shirt.


If we do socks, this is a sample of the running sock.


Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://schuylkillriverrunners.com/.

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Four destination races will all be located in the PA Wilds in 2021. If you complete all four, you will receive a special medal! We will have the medals with us this year so if you joined us for the past 3 races in the series, you will go home from your Pocono weekend with the special wilds series medal!

Ohiopyle - May 15 & 16
Conquer the Canyon - July 24 & 25
Run for the Elk - August 7 & 8
Pocono - October 24

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