October 1, 2015 – Lehigh Valley Road Runners is pleased to announce a new partnership with Runner’s World Half Marathon. Together, we present the Half & Half 26.2.
Participants will run the St. Luke’s Half Marathon on April 24, 2016 in Allentown, PA and the Runner’s World Half Marathon on October 16, 2016 in Bethlehem in order to complete the marathon distance. Finishers will receive a unique, quality hoodie. Results will be announced at the Runner’s World Half award ceremony next October.
Registration for the event is now open. This inaugural event will be open to the first 250 runners to register. Runners can sign up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/LehighValley/HalfandHalfMarathon
More information can be found here.
Last year, event organizers of the St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K introduced a unique contest in which runners could win cash for referring their friends and family to run the half marathon or 5K. The Referral Contest will take place, again, in 2016 where race participants can seek to earn a top spot and win cash prizes for referring the most runners to the St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K races.
When you sign up to run one of our races (either the 5K or half marathon) you will receive a unique referral link in your confirmation email. Simply provide this link to your family and friends and ask them to register for the race. When they sign up to run you will receive a referral credit. The three participants with the most referral credits will receive the following cash prizes:
1st place – $150
2nd place – $75
3rd place – $50
The contest runs October 1, 2016 until March 15, 2016 or sellout, whichever comes first. Please visit the Referral Contest page on the website for details, rules and more: http://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/referral-contest/
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Registration for the 2016 St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K races, Sunday, April 24, 2016, will open October 1, 2015, at stlukeshalfmarathon.com. The 2016 St. Luke’s Half Marathon will mark the 32nd running of the event, securing its place as one of the region’s oldest and most beloved road races.
The 13.1-mile race continues to be the largest running race in the Lehigh Valley. Up to 3,400 runners are expected to toe the line next April. All proceeds from the race benefit grants, scholarships and programs put forth by the Lehigh Valley Road Runners. The LVRR has provided over $300,000 to youth fitness and running programs over the past 10 years.
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 — with the field limit of 4,000 runners for the half and 650 for the 5k. All runners must register online.
Again in 2016, runner amenities will include personalized bibs, hydration stations, more than a dozen live bands along the race route, a unique finisher’s medal, tech shirt, stadium finish, complimentary bus travel for spectators, post-race lunch for runners and their family members, shower facilities, and much more.
The entry fee for the half marathon is $60 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, $65 between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, and $70 from Jan. 1 through sellout. The 5K entry fee is $35 until Oct. 31, $40 between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 and $45 through sellout.
Registration has also been opened for the St. Luke’s Youth Run on Saturday, April 23, 3 p.m. in downtown Allentown. The free run for children aged 3-13 seeks to promote healthy exercise habits among young people and expose them to the excitement and reward of running.
Also open is registration for the St. Luke’s Family Fun Walk on Sunday, April 24. 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 2016 events mark the sixth year that St. Luke’s University Health Network has been the presenting sponsor.
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