Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Can someone else run with my bib?
    A. When you purchased your race entry you entered into a contract between you and the race organization, Lehigh Valley Road Runners. This contract is binding and may not be transferred outside of the approved channels and dates (see below). If someone else is caught running with your bib they will be disqualified and both you and said person will be banned from all Lehigh Valley Road Runner events for a period of one year.
  • Q. Can I switch events?
    A. You may transfer from the 5K to the half marathon, or from the half marathon to the 5K by logging in to your account (you were required to create an account when you registered for our event). Simply click the “Profile” link at the top of the page and then click “My Registered Races” in the “Runner Links” box. Click the “Manage Registration” link, and then the tab “Transfer Event”. Further instructions here. There is a $10 fee associated with this process. Deadline for switching events is March 15, 2018.
  • Q. Can I transfer my entry to another runner?
    A. We realize that things happen, people get sick or worse yet, injured. You may transfer your race entry to another runner. Log in to your account, go to your “Profile” page, click on “My Registered Races”, and then select “Manage Registration”. On the “My Registration” page, go to the tab labeled “Transfer to Another Runner”. Once under the “Transfer to Another Runner” tab you will be able to make sure that you have selected the correct registrant and event for this transfer. Using the fields for first name, last name and email address, indicate the user that you will be transferring your registration to. There is a $10 transfer fee associated with this process. More often than not you will be transferring your entry to someone you know. All race entry compensation will be handled between you and the person to whom you are transferring your race entry. Bib transfers will be allowed between January 1 – March 15, 2018. Deadline for event transfers is March 15, 2018.
  • Q. Can I defer my race entry to next year?
    A. We will allow race entries to be deferred for one year. If you registered for the either 2018 event (5K or half marathon) you will be able to defer your race entry to 2019. We will not accept any deferrals for future events beyond 2019. The cost for deferring your race entry is $25. To defer your race entry follow these steps: Log in to your account, go to your “Profile” page, click on “My Registered Races”, select “Manage Registration”, select “Defer”. You will automatically signed up for the 2019 race and will not need to do anything else. Deadline for event deferrals is March 15, 2017.
  • Q. I've registered for your race but for ________________ reason I am unable to run. Can I get a refund?
    A. We are very sorry for your circumstance but as stated on your confirmation email and as you agreed to when you signed up for our race: All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Q. I've misplaced my race confirmation. How can I verify that I am registered?
  • Q. How do I change/edit my email address or other personal information?
    A. Log in to (you were required to create an account when you registered for our event) and click the “Profile” link at the top of the page. From here click the “Edit” button next to your name in the middle of the screen. You will be able to correct any of your personal information on this screen.
  • Q. How do I change my shirt size?
    A. To change the shirt size that you selected log in to your account (you were required to create an account when you registered for our event). Click the “Profile” link at the top of the page and then click “My Registered Races” in the “Runner Links” box. Click the “Manage Registration” link. click the “Giveaway” tab and select the new shirt size and follow the prompts. You have until March 15, 2018 to change your shirt size.
  • Q. Where and when is the Race Expo?
    A. The Race Expo takes place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00am-5:00pm at an Allentown location yet to be determined.
  • Q. What is “Race Day Pickup”?
    A. Race Day Pickup is offered to those runners who are unable to attend the Race Expo to pick up their race bibs, chips, shirts and other materials. There is an additional fee of $25 payable during the registration process associated with this service. If you have NOT paid the $25 your race materials will NOT be available on race day. We highly encourage runners to attend Saturday’s expo but understand that circumstances may arise which may prevent you from attending.
  • Q. What time does Race Day Pickup take place?
    A. Please be at the Allen High School Gymnasium between 6:15-7:15 a.m. to pick up your race materials if you chose “Race Day Pickup” during the registration process ($25 additional fee). We will promptly pack up all items that have not been picked up by 7:15 a.m.. Understand that our volunteers are arriving extra early to help you out and we will need them elsewhere before and during our events to help make the entire experience enjoyable for all runners.
  • Q. Can someone else pick up my packet?
    A. Yes. In order for someone to pick up your race bib and premiums you must fill out THIS FORM and provide the person with a copy of your personal Identification. The individual picking up your items must also sign the form and show their own ID.
  • Q. Is there a paper application?
    A. All race registration takes place online. There are no paper applications.
  • Q. How late can I register?
    A. Registration for the half marathon and 5k events will remain open until the races sell out, or March 15, 2018, whichever comes first. You can also register for FREE for the St. Luke’s 1.5 mile Family & Fun Walk and for the St. Luke’s Youth Run.
  • Q. I noticed that the half marathon is sold out. Is there a waitlist?
    A. We do not maintain wait list. We apologize that you were unable to register in time and advise you to register early for future events. Registration for 2019 will open in September 1, 2018.
  • Q. Is your event walker friendly?
    A. Yes and no. Our course opens to traffic after 3 hours. In order to complete the half marathon in this time you must maintain a 13:44 minute pace. If you are still out on the course after 3 hours you must enter our sag buses. The bus will take you to Cedar Beech Park where you can finish out the rest of the course. We break down our finish line after 3 hours and may not be there when you arrive. Also, there will be no finish food or refreshments available after 3 hours.
  • Q. Is there a training program for the events?
    A. There are training plans associated with both the half marathon and the 5k events. The half marathon program, written by Bart Yasso, is 14 weeks long. The 5k program was written by Budd Coates and is 10 weeks long. A PDF of the training plans will be sent to participants two weeks prior the program’s start. Runners who registered after those dates will receive a link to the training plans for downloading.
  • Q. I was receiving race emails but they suddenly stopped. What happened?
    A. If you are not receiving the emails, that means you unsubscribed from our email list. Once you do that, we cannot add you back. Please visit the Subscribe to Newsletter web page to resubscribe.

  • Q. How can I get to and from the race?
    A. Shuttle buses will be available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. from the Holiday Inn Allentown Center City and the Allentown Fairgrounds to the race start, and after the race, from the finish line back to the Holiday Inn Allentown Center City and Fairgrounds until 12:30 p.m. Shuttle buses are also available from the Wingate, Holiday Inn Express, and Comfort Suites on Hamilton Boulevard to the race start. Shuttle times will be posted at participating hotels.
  • Q. Where do I park on race day?
    A. Free parking is available to all race participants at the Allentown Fairgrounds parking lot located at 17th and Chew Streets in Allentown. The parking lot will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Security will be provided.
  • Q. When should I arrive at the start?
    A. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race and be ready for staging according to your race time. 5K participants leave the gymnasium at 7:30 a.m., half marathon participants leave the gymnasium at 7:45 a.m.. There will be 4,500 entrants in this year’s two events.
  • Q. What time do the races start?
    A. The 5k race begins at 8:00 a.m. The half marathon race begins at 8:10 a.m.
  • Q. Can I switch race corrals?
    A. Absolutely! If you feel that your training went well and you wish to move up, or vice versa, please feel free to position yourself where you feel most comfortable.
  • Q. Will there be a baggage check tent?
    A. A baggage check is provided (at no cost to the runner) near the start area. Bags will be transported to the stadium in an area after the finish line.
  • Q. Where do I pin my race number?
    A. Pin race number, also known as bib number, on the front of your shirt or shorts so that your bib can be read by our announcer. Do not pin bib numbers on your back or otherwise obscure them.

  • Q. Are fluids and refreshments available on the course?
    A. Yes, there are six water stops along the course spaced approximately every 2 miles. At each stop the first table will have water followed by a second table with Gatorade. Energy gels are provided at mile 9.
  • Q. What if I have to go to the bathroom during the race?
    A. Port-O-Lets are available along the race course. They are located at mile 2.5, 3.5, 5.5, and 11.
  • Q. Where can my family and friends watch me during the race?
    A. Shuttle buses will transport spectators from the race start to one of two scenic locations on the course, either on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (approximately the 5- and 10-mile points) or in Lehigh Parkway at the red covered bridge (Bogert’s Bridge, approximately the 7-mile point). Buses run every 20 minutes so spectators have plenty of time to return to the stadium for the race finish. The final bus boards at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who has not boarded the final bus at this time must find their own way back to the start/finish area. The finish line is inside of William Allen High School’s J. Birney Crum stadium on Linden Street.
  • Q. What if I get hurt or cannot finish the race?
    A. In addition to the medical tent at the finish line, a satellite medical tent is in the Little Lehigh Parkway adjacent to the LVRR clubhouse (at approximately mile 8). Paramedics are also positioned throughout the course. Transportation to the finish is available to anyone unable to complete the race.
  • Q. Will there be mile splits available?
    A. Yes, at the 10K mark.
  • Q. Can I wear my headphones during the race?
    A. Headphones are not allowed in our events. We provide bands at each mile along the half marathon and at mile 1 1/2 in the 5K course.
  • Q. Are strollers allowed?
    A. We do not allow strollers in our races, as per our insurance carrier.
  • Q. Can my dog run with me?
    A. As much as we love dogs they are not allowed to run our races. Please keep your pup at home.
  • Q. Can my spouse or family member bring my dog on the spectator bus?
    A. Unfortunately, the bus contractor does not allow dogs on their buses.

  • Q. Is food available at the finish?
    A. Yes, to all race participants, family and friends.
  • Q. Where will I find the bus after the race?
    A. Just outside of the stadium near the food station at the upper stadium gate (west side).
  • Q. Where can I get my results after the race?
    A. Race results will be available at the food stand located at the upper level of the stadium. Race results will also be available the day following the race on this website.
  • Q. Where can I meet family after the race?
    A. The race finishes on the track inside J. Birney Crum Stadium. This stadium seats 15,000 people. You can meet your family and friends in the stadium and enjoy the post-race meal together.