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History of Pocono Area Running Club
President - Vacant
Vice President - Vacant
Jim Mannello, Secretary
Jim, born and raised in Philadelphia, now lives and works in the West End, and has been running since 2003. He has been involved in community organizations as a soccer coach, a member of West End Rotary and a past member of the Board of Directors of Pocono Family YMCA. Highlight of my running career- running a half marathon with my son in Moab, Utah. Jim's other interests include biking, skiing, gardening, and "almost anything else that gets me outside". You can contact Jim at
Rhonda Nichols, Treasurer
Rhonda, a native of Shawnee-on-Delaware , PA , now resides in Henryville , PA with husband, Jeff and daughter, Jordana.  She started running with First Strides in 2008 and quickly became addicted to running.  She enjoys the diversity of the club and encourages new members to join in the fun and love of running/walking.  You can contact Rhonda at nicholls@
Directors-at-Large:  Tom Burbage, Art Zulick, Nandi Guy

History of the Pocono Area Running Club
For many years the Pocono area has had many dedicated runners, but very few running events and no official running organization.


After informal conversations over a period of several months, about twenty runners met on February 5, 2007 to discuss formation of a running club. Ninety minutes later, PARC had been born, a mission statement had been approved, temporary officers had been recruited, and an ambitious plan-of-action had been discussed. The meeting was marked by a spirit of enthusiasm, committment, and good will... not surprising because these are characteristics of most people who participate in running. Since then, PARC has grown to an organization of over 150 members who enjoy the sport of running and share that common interest within the club. We recreate together, race together, provide community service together, and are committed to the notion that running is healthy and enjoyable.

Come run the great Pocono area with us!