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St. Luke’s Named New Title Sponsor of the Via Marathon | St. Luke’s University Health Network | 1/31/19


Via Marathon Runners take Scenic (if damp) Route | The Morning Call | 9/9/18

PICTURES: Thousands Participate in this Year’s Via Marathon | The Morning Call | 9/9/18


It’s a Boy? Girl? Marathon Ends With Unusual Gender Reveal | Runner’s World | 9/11/17

Record Setter Dedicates Run to Dad at Via Marathon | The Morning Call | 9/11/2021

Thousands Cross Via Marathon’s Finish Line in Easton | Lehigh Valley Live | 9/10/17


Via Marathon Draws Thousands, Some Familiar | The Morning Call | 9/12/16

Via Marathon Offer Two Days of Events | The Morning Call | 9/5/16

Via Marathon Finish Line | The Express Times | 9/11/16

Via Half Marathon Starting Line | The Express Times | 9/11/16

5K Opens Via Marathon Race Weekend in Lehigh Valley | The Express Times | 9/10/16


The Fastest & Slowest Marathons | Outside Magazine | 4/16/2014

Interest in Boston Creates Boom for Via Marathon | Marathon & Beyond Magazine | 5/15/2014

Ready, Set Go | Healthy You Magazine | 5/1/2022


First-timers win Via Marathon - 9/8/2021

Via Marathon raises more than $200,000 - 9/8/2021

Photo Galleries

From Allentown to Easton, thousands participate in Via Marathon - 9/8/2021

Runners Tackle Via Marathon - 9/8/2021

Via Marathon: Boon for the Valley, Boost for Boston - 9/6/2022

Via Marathon and half marathon: Map of course and road closures - 9/5/2022

Boston Qualifier Quest Causes Uptick in Marathon Registration | Runners World - 5/15/2013

Interest in Boston at an All-Time High | – 4/24/2013

Life of a BQ Squeaker | Runner’s World Magazine – 4/9/2021


Marathon for Via Top Male & Female Finishers – 9/9/2021

A Win for Allentown Native and Via of the Lehigh Valley – 9/9/2021

Marathon for Via Illustrates Challenges of Long-Distance Training – 9/6/2022

2011 Via Marathon Winner places 28th at Boston Marathon – 4/17/2012


Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Walk for Via – 10/1/2022

New Twists for Annual Marathon for Via – 8/10/2021

Run, Walk to Support People with Disabilities – 8/ 7/2011

New Director, Management for Marathon for Via – 5/11/2021

Marathon Hires Pair Of Event Managers To Organize Race – 5/11/2021


Ex-Smoker Completes Marathon for Via – 9/12/2021

Marathon for Via Photo Gallery – 9/13/2010

Via Fundraising Races Continue to Grow – 9/13/2010


Family Ties, Start to Finish – 10/22/2009

Colleges, Individuals Take to Streets for Via – 9/14/2009

Morning Call Video  - 9/14/2009

Marathon for Via draws 2,600 – 9/14/2009 file attached

Allentown Firedogs Issue Challenge to Marathon Relay Teams – 6/28/2009

Organizers Change Course of Marathon – 1/28/2009

Starting Line for Via Marathon Moved – 1/28/2009 file attached

World’s Dumbest Impulse Buy? Marathon Entry – 1/28/2009

How to get involved

2020 St. Luke’s Via Marathon Powered by Runner’s World Is Going Virtual

The 2020 St. Luke’s Via Marathon powered by Runner’s World, is going virtual. In its 14th year, the race was scheduled for September 13th.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even in the “Green Phase,” Pennsylvania is limiting sporting events to no more than 250 people.  Last year, more than 2,700 people participated in the event.

“Our top priority is to safeguard the health of our community, staff, participants, volunteers, spectators and supporters,” said Andy Deschenes, Race Director of the St. Luke’s Via Marathon. “Although we are disappointed that we can’t host an in-person event this year, we are excited about holding this virtual event to give our runners the chance to continue reaching their goals and support Via’s essential services for people with disabilities while staying safe and healthy.”

The virtual event will begin on July 1 and end on September 13. During this two-month period, runners will have the option to complete a Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10K, 5K or walk at their own pace. Participants who have registered prior to this announcement will have the opportunity to transition their registration to the virtual event, convert their registration fee to a 100% tax deductible donation to Via of the Lehigh Valley, or defer their entry to 2021.

For the past 13 years, the Via Marathon has promoted health and wellness in the Lehigh Valley, while raising funds and awareness for Via’s mission to help people with disabilities reach their full potential. Via has always counted on community support to meet its mission and is looking forward to engaging the community in this virtual event.

Registration for the virtual St. Luke’s Via Marathon will open on July 1 at Runners who have already registered for the event, including the Double Half Challenge, will receive an email with further information on how to proceed. 

Our website will be updated to reflect the virtual race shortly. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.