Pocono Mountains Continues Tradition of Adventure Sports

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Participants run, walk and challenge themselves in the name of charity.

The Starting Line of the Warrior Dash in the Pocono Mountains

With marathons, triathlons, endurance races, mud runs and fun walks, there promises to be something for everyone in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains (800poconos.com) is once again preparing for a summer filled with outdoor adventure sports. There are currently 19 adventure/endurance races already booked throughout the region to carry out the remainder of the 2013 season. A complete list is at 800poconos.com/events/adventure-sports/.

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has proactively been branding and promoting the recreational use of its 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, as a region home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Over 190,000 acres of state and federal land and 261 miles of marked groomed trails offer lots of excitement, endless exploring and unbelievable fun in the Pocono Mountains.

“The Pocono Mountain region is excited to welcome the 2013 Outdoor Adventure Sports enthusiasts back for a second full year of competition,” said David Jackson, vice president of Sales for the PMVB. “With marathons, triathlons, endurance races, mud runs and fun walks, there promises to be something for everyone. From May to November, over 40,000 athletes and guests will enjoy pushing their bodies to the limit while making new friends and creating lifelong memories.”

The Pocono Mountains prides itself in signature events like The Warrior Dash, a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 5k run, taking place on August 24, 2013 at Pocono Raceway. There will be three triathlons, two marathons and two half marathons exclusive to the Pocono Mountains. There is a strong sense of community and charity backing this year’s adventure sports calendar as many races and challenges are fundraising initiatives for local and national charities and non-profit organizations. WalkMS at Pocono Raceway on May 5 will benefit the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society. All proceeds of the Pocono Mountains Run for the Run Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5K on May 19 will go to the American Red Cross of the Poconos. The Diva Dash, an obstacle course race at Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort on May 25, will contribute proceeds to the Lupus Foundation of America. The Shawnee Mountain Mud Run on August 17 benefits the Pocono Chapter of Girls on the Run, a program that builds confidence through accomplishment in young girls. The Shawnee Mountain Mud Run is a 5k obstacle course.

These events are very popular, bringing in thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Many compete in their sport and stick around to enjoy the post-event activities with their families and tour the region. These popular events have also grown in the last years and the Pocono Mountains plans to continue adding more each year.

For more information on the adventure sport events and activities in the Pocono Mountains, visit 800poconos.com and follow on Facebook at PoconoTourism.

About the Pocono Mountains
With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 185 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 30 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities. This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at 800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667). Follow @PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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