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.
About the Course
Now in its 13th year, the St. Luke’s Via Marathon is the 6th best Boston Qualifier in the United States. The point to point course offers a net decent run through eight municipalities, starting at St. Luke’s University Health Network – Allentown Campus and finishing at Scott Park in Easton, PA. Shade is plentiful along the course, and the views change often. Fourteen small bridges add an accent to the unique course. The Marathon offers runners the opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon and is one of the fastest races in the country. The average time for the race in 2017 was 3:59:48.
Scenic, shady and a net descent drop of 240’ make it an attractive qualifying run for the Boston Marathon. The half marathon starts at the marathon’s midpoint and is run from Bethlehem to Easton. The Kids Race is held at SteelStacks in historic south Bethlehem.