ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Registration for the 2014 St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K races, Sunday, April 27, 2014, opened October 1, 2013, at stlukeshalfmarathon.com. The 2014 St. Luke’s Half Marathon will mark the 30th running of the event, securing its place as one of the region’s oldest and most beloved road races.
With a record 3,343 finishers in 2013, the 13.1-mile race is one of the largest single-day participatory athletic events in Lehigh Valley. All proceeds benefit youth running and fitness programs in the area. More than $30,000 was raised in 2013.
Runners are encouraged to register early. The St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K typically sell out in February – nearly three months before race day. All runners must register online.
Again in 2014, runner amenities will include personalized bibs, hydration stations, more than a dozen live bands along the race route, a unique finisher’s medal, stadium finish, complimentary bus travel for spectators, extensive post-race lunch, shower facilities, and much more.
“It’s a great course through Allentown’s city parks. And we offer incredible value in terms of the amenities and entertainment. It is one of the spring’s premier races on the East Coast, attracting runners from more than 30 states,” said Neal Novak, co-race director.
The entry fee for the half marathon is $55 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, $60 between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, and $65 from Jan. 1 through sellout. The 5K entry fee is $30 until Oct. 31, $35 between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 and $40 through sellout.
Registration has also been opened for the St. Luke’s Youth Run on Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. in downtown Allentown. The free run for children aged 4-13 seeks to promote healthy exercise habits among young people and expose them to the excitement and reward of running.
Also open is registration the St. Luke’s Family Fun Walk on Sunday, April 27. The free, 1.5-mile non-competitive walk begins immediately after the half marathon and 5k and ends in J. Birney Crum Stadium where racers cross their respective finish lines.
The St. Luke’s Half Marathon Weekend is produced by the Lehigh Valley Road Runners. It is one of the largest races in the country with an all-volunteer staff. The 2014 events mark the fourth year that St. Luke’s University Health Network has been the presenting sponsor.
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Easton’s Ian Walsh and Bethlehem’s Kathleen Jobes capture
2013 St. Luke’s Half Marathon titles
Running in the shadow of recent Boston tragedy, a record 3,340 finishers cross line on picture perfect day for running in Allentown
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (April 29, 2013) – For the first time since 2009, two Lehigh Valley residents claimed top honors in the region’s largest running event.
Ian Walsh, 27, Easton, Pa., won the 29th annual St. Luke’s Half Marathon, finishing the race with a time of 1:10:14. Kathleen Jobes, 43, Bethlehem, Pa., reclaimed the title of overall female winner with a time of 1:21:02.
A record number of 3,340 runners completed the 13.1-mile race on a warm, sunny day in Allentown. The temperatures rose from 48 degrees at the 8:10 start into the mid 60s later in the morning. Many donned apparel to show their support of the people affected by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. Shirts reading “Boston Strong” and “Run for Boston” accompanied black ribbons and red socks as runners paid tribute to the victims and those who rushed to their aid.
“Runners are strong; it’s a strong community,” said Jobes. “You don’t knock us down because we will rise like any American will.”
Walsh, a 2004 graduate of Parkland High School, swam competitively in high school and at Duquesne University. He said he wanted to continue with competitive activities, so he turned to running. He said the win was special because it is his hometown race. “It is the one I’ve been gunning for for four years now” he said. Walsh finished third in 2010 (1:11:46), and sixth in 2012 (1:14:01).
Walsh topped runner-up Matthew Lutcza, 22, Collegeville, Pa., (1:10:59), Ed Sheridan, 23, Phillipsburg, N.J., (1:12:44), and Christopher Wadas, 31, Courtdale, Pa., (1:13:32).
Jobes’ St. Luke’s Half Marathon title is her fifth in the past eight years. Jobes said although she has competed in big races all over the county, there’s something special about racing in her backyard. “This is a real hometown race,” she said. “From the police and volunteers, look at this. It’s a Sunday morning and everyone is out cheering everyone on from the first to the last person.”
The other female top finishers were Jenny Cronin, 23, Lehighton, Pa., (1:24:24), Alexandra Swiatocha, 26, Mahopac, N.Y., (1:25:08), Baloga Katharine, 38, New Windsor, N.Y., (1:25:18), and Sharon Schmidt-Mongrain, 37, Lafayette Hill, Pa., (1:25:33).
Runners from more than 20 states and four countries were represented at the St. Luke’s Half Marathon, the largest single-day athletic event in the Lehigh Valley. The course took runners through areas of Allentown, including the Lehigh Parkway, which has been noted by Runner’s World magazine as one of the top 100 places to run in the country.
The companion St. Luke’s 5k race was won by Phil Rector, 25, Hellertown, Pa., with a time of 17:16, beating out Grey Fry, 15, Allentown, Pa., (17:29), and Steven Dodson, 51, Macungie, Pa., (18:04).
For the second year in a row, Alyssa Repsher, 14, of Easton, Pa., won the female division of the 5k, breaking the tape in 19:26. The second place female runner was Tarah Guida, 32, Nazareth, Pa., (20:09), and third went to Angela Vitale, 36, Breinigsville, Pa., (20:29).
This year was the fourth year that St. Luke’s University Health Network has sponsored the event, which included a family fun walk on Sunday and the St. Luke’s Youth Run on Saturday, April 27. More than 500 children aged 3-14 participated in the free event on Saturday on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown.
Thank you for entering the 2013 St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5k. And to our record number of finishers: congratulations! We’re very thankful to have you as part of our race day.
We have received several questions about race photography. In the past, we have contracted with Brightroom as our official race photographer. Indeed, Brightroom was listed as our race photographer on our website. As runners, we understand that having a photographer to capture your special half marathon moment has come to be an expected part of the race experience.
In the week leading up to the St. Luke’s Half Marathon, we had significant negotiation issues with Brightroom. As a result, we decided not to contract with them this year. Unfortunately, given the lateness of the decision, it was too late to bring another photographer on board.
We apologize deeply to all our runners who have been looking for official race photographs. We were delinquent in notifying you before the race.
Please be assured that we are already searching for a new race photographer for our 2014 races so this situation will not recur.
Again, our most sincere apologies go out to anyone we disappointed. We take any shortcoming personally. We will redouble our efforts to improve things next year.
As a small consolation we do have a limited selection of race shots available to view and download available on our Facebook page. These are not meant to be a replacement for an official race photographer. They were taken by a local runner and LVRR member and uploaded to our race page. www.facebook.com/stlukeshalf
St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5k