Exchange #1 – Parkettes, Union St. & S. 3rd St. (Allentown, PA)

  • From 78 East, take exit for Summit Lawn Exit 59.
  • Turn left at end of exit ramp on W. Rock Rd. at stop sign.
  • Turn left on S. Pike Avenue at traffic light.  S. Pike Avenue turns into S. 3rd St.
  • Follow S. Pike Avenue/S. 3rd St. for 2.8 miles and turn left into driveway for large grass field.  The driveway is after Basin street, past a train overpass and immediately after driving over a bridge.  If you reach Union St., you have gone too far.
  • Drive as far into the grass field, parallel to S. 3rd St., as you can and park.
  • Go to the intersection of S. 3rd St. and Union St. and turn left on Union Street.  Exchange #1 (Parkettes) is less than 1 block up on the left side.

NOTE: There will be a barricade on S. 3rd St. at Basin St. to keep non-marathon traffic out of this area.  Keep your Runner or Spectator placard visible on your dashboard.  This placard is not an all access pass to closed roads but will help volunteers and police identify that you are part of the marathon.

Exchange #2 – Wooden Match Restaurant, Main & Lehigh St. (Bethlehem, PA)

  • From Route 22, take exit for Route 378 South, Route 378 South (Bethlehem – Schoenersville Rd).
  • Follow Route 378 South for 3.6 miles and turn left on 3rd St. (412 South) at the end of the Hill to Hill Bridge (once you get on the bridge, get into the left lane to make the turn).
  • Take 3rd St. for 0.1 miles and turn left on New St./Fahy Bridge.
  • At the end of the Fahy Bridge, turn left on W. Lehigh St. at traffic light.  The street will be blocked for traffic but will allow runners and spectators through to park.
  • Park on Lehigh St. or in the Wooden Match Restaurant parking lot on the left.
  • Exchange #2 (Wooden Match Restaurant) is on Lehigh St. just after crossing over Main St.

NOTE: There will be a barricade on W. Lehigh St. to keep non-marathon traffic out of this area.  Keep your Runner or Spectator placard visible on your dashboard.  This placard is not an all access pass to closed roads but will help volunteers and police identify that you are part of the marathon.

Exchange #3 – Canal Park, Main St. & Lockhouse Rd. (Freemansburg)

Due to high runner traffic and limited parking, it is suggested that spectators skip this spectator spot and go directly to Riverview Park.

  • From Route 22, take exit for Route 33 South.
  • From Route 33 South, take Freemansburg Avenue Exit.
  • Turn right on Freemansburg Avenue at traffic light at end of exit ramp.
  • Follow Freemansburg Avenue for 2.8 miles.
  • At fork in road, bear left on Main St.
  • Continue on Main St. past Lock House road.
  • Parking is available in a large stone lot on the right 4 blocks past Lock House road on Main St. and on the street.
  • From parking lot, go left on Main St. to Lock House Rd., just after the Willow Grove Hotel.  Turn right on Lock House Rd., Exchange #3 (Canal Park) is just beyond Lock House on the right.

NOTE: As you go to exchange point, you will cross the runners’ lane.  Please proceed with caution and be aware of oncoming runners.

Exchange #4 – Riverview Park, Lehigh Dr. (Palmer Township, PA)

  • From Route 22, take 25th St. Exit (Easton, PA).
  • Turn right at bottom of exit ramp on 25th St.  Stay on 25th St. for 1.4 miles.
  • Turn right on Lehigh Dr. (at sign for ALSTOM, just before bridge over the Lehigh River and across the street from Children’s Home for Easton, PA).
  • Turn right immediately into Exchange #4 (Riverview Park).

PLEASE BE ALERT FOR ANY POSSIBLE DETOURS OR ROAD REPAIRS.

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2021 St. Luke’s Via Marathon Will Not Take Place

March 22, 2021 (BETHLEHEM, PA) – Via announced today that the 2021 St. Luke’s Via Marathon will not take place this fall due to the uncertainty surrounding the possibility of safely holding a large event that takes more than a year of planning and significant resources to execute.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to take make difficult decisions important in allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission of helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities reach their full potential within new financial and safety constraints,” said Lisa Walkiewicz, President and CEO of Via of the Lehigh Valley.

“Over the last 12 months, we have worked diligently to ensure that the essential services Via provides for individuals with disabilities and their families remain in place.  It is vital that Via concentrates on its core mission and focus on continuing to support the most vulnerable members of our community.”

“The planning for the St. Luke’s Via Marathon is a year-long endeavor.  With the uncertainty of the past year, we simply could not dedicate our limited resources to planning an event that could be canceled by factors outside of our control at any time.  Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to hold the St. Luke’s Via Marathon this year.”

“We understand why the St. Luke’s Via Marathon cannot take place this year,” said Ken Szydlow, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of St. Luke’s University Health Network.  “We are proud to partner with Via of the Lehigh Valley to ensure that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities live fulfilling lives as vital members of our community.  We will continue to support this mission and hope other sponsors of the Marathon join us.”

“We are so thankful to all of our community partners who have stepped up to directly fund our services during this crisis,” Walkiewicz said. “This financial support has helped us weather this storm and we know we will come out of this stronger.”

Participants who have deferred from 2020 to 2021 will have the option to convert their registration fee to a 100% tax-deductible donation to Via of the Lehigh Valley or request a refund.  Runners who have deferred to 2021 or signed up for the Double Half Challenge will receive an email with further information. 

About Via of the Lehigh Valley

Serving our community since 1952, Via helps people reach their full potential.  Via provides services to 1,250 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Bucks and Berks counties.  These services include vocational exploration, community employment, educational activities, volunteer and recreational opportunities for teens and adults, and early intervention therapies and inclusive education for young children.  Visit www.ViaNet.org to learn more about Via’s services and how you can help.