FAQ

Q. Can I switch events?
A.
 Send an email to racedirector@stlukeshalfmarathon.com now through February 15. We will be unable to accommodate requests beyond that date.

Q. Can I transfer my entry to another runner?
A. We do not allow bib transfers from one runner to another

Q. Where and when is the Race Expo?
A. The Race Expo takes place on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am-5:00pm at Holiday Inn, 9th and Hamilton Streets, Allentown.

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 am 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 am. 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, but please provide whoever is picking up your race materials with a copy of your ID.

Can I defer my entry until next year?
A. Unfortunately, we do not defer entries from year to year, either.

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. 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 2014 will open in October 1, 2013.

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. 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. Training plans are sent via email each Thursday.

Q. I was receiving the training 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. You will need to tolerate our Emails and not remove yourself if you want the training tips.

PRE-RACE:

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 am, half marathon participants leave the gymnasium at 7:45 am. 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 am. The half marathon race begins at 8:10 am.

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.

DURING THE RACE:

Q. Are fluids and refreshments are 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 Endurance Formula. Energy gels and energy bars 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 covered 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 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.

POST RACE:

Q. Is food available at the finish?
A. Yes, to all race participants, family, and friends.

Q. Are there showers available at the finish?
A. Yes, showers are available in the men’s and women’s locker rooms at the west end of the stadium.

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 east end of the stadium. Race results will also be available the day following the race on this web site.

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.

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