Picture this, nearly 2,000 athletes, representing 40 states and 15 international countries coming to the Pocono Mountains, all with one goal in mind: complete the first Pocono Mountains Ironman 70.3.
This challenging race began at the Delaware Water Gap and finished on Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg. Planning required hundreds of dedicated staff and volunteers. It was so refreshing to see the faces of the local community swell with pride as the contestants ran toward the finish line and Ironman glory. After biking 56 miles through Cherry Valley and a 13.1 mile run through our rolling hills, these athletes have a Pocono Mountains experience to remember.
Yes, the course was challenging for the participants, but logistics for an event of this magnitude are another story. What I did see was an impressive display of street smarts. Erin Woodward, Branch Manager for Highway Technologies of Berlin, New Jersey, has to be commended for the yeoman's work in getting the roads, highways and side streets secured and race ready.
Beginning at Smithfield Beach and throughout the region road closures and detours had to be conducted with pin point accuracy to secure the safety of the athletes and all pedestrians in the area. This type of service often goes unnoticed and overlooked. Perhaps, that's just the way they planned it. Great job!
Our sales team is looking forward to next year's Pocono Mountains Ironman 70.3! So, make your plans now.