The Lehigh Valley
Allentown, Bethlehem & Easton, PA
A community dating back to 1650’s, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton make up what we call today the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Transformed from an industrial and manufacturing center in the 20th century, today it is an arts and cultural community featuring a robust supply of visual and performing arts.
Healthcare, finance and technology now provide the backbone of our business activity. The community is dynamic and has a quality of life that is unsurpassed in our modern society. The community is, at the same time, historic and diverse. It is also the home to Runner’s World Magazine and the entire Rodale enterprise.
About the Course
This net descent course starts marathon runners and relay teams at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. Maybe an odd location to start, but it’s easy to find and has plenty of parking. It’s a quick trip to the Lehigh Parkway, past the Fish Hatchery, across a covered bridge and heading towards the Lehigh River. At mile 7, you enter the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Mile 12 places you in Bethlehem, PA with a run through the 18th Century Industrial Quarter. Canal locks, a boat launch and several parks make up the run to Easton, PA. At mile 25, the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers is right before you. Just 1 more mile places you at the finish line in Easton.
Scenic, shady and a net descent drop of 240’ make it an attractive qualifying run for the Boston Marathon. The average runner’s time for the past few years has been 4:02 hours. The half marathon starts at the marathon’s midpoint and is run from Bethlehem to Easton. The 5K Run, Via Walk and Kids Race are held at SteelStacks in historic south Bethlehem.