St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5k

St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5k Welcome to the official page for the St. Luke's Half Marathon and 5k, two of the nation's most runner-friendly races. We are dedicated to offering a memorable, rewarding experience for runners of all ages and speeds.

Produced by not-for-profit Lehigh Valley Road Runners, the St. Luke's Half Marathon and 5k and associated events draw over 6,000 entrants over two days. Proceeds from the race -- more than $250,000 since 2003 -- benefit youth running and fitness programs in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Mission
Provide first-class, runner-focused events that celebrate the spirit of friendly competition, personal ach

Produced by not-for-profit Lehigh Valley Road Runners, the St. Luke's Half Marathon and 5k and associated events draw over 6,000 entrants over two days. Proceeds from the race -- more than $250,000 since 2003 -- benefit youth running and fitness programs in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Mission
Provide first-class, runner-focused events that celebrate the spirit of friendly competition, personal ach

Operating as usual

Four weeks ago we notified you that our October St. Luke's Half Marathon, 5K, and Youth Run have been canceled. All runn...
09/27/2021

Four weeks ago we notified you that our October St. Luke's Half Marathon, 5K, and Youth Run have been canceled.

All runners have been given the option to defer to 2022 or receive a full refund. Go here to make your selection - https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Allentown/StLukesHalfMarathon5K

In order to make your selection, you must be logged in to Runsignup.com

Can’t find your registration? Please visit this link — https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=11383 — search your name and you will see your entry. You may need to claim it by clicking the “Is this you?” link next to your name. This should be done first and then you will be able to select the refund option.

The deadline to make your choice is Thursday, September 30th.

Four weeks ago we notified you that our October St. Luke's Half Marathon, 5K, and Youth Run have been canceled.

All runners have been given the option to defer to 2022 or receive a full refund. Go here to make your selection - https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Allentown/StLukesHalfMarathon5K

In order to make your selection, you must be logged in to Runsignup.com

Can’t find your registration? Please visit this link — https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=11383 — search your name and you will see your entry. You may need to claim it by clicking the “Is this you?” link next to your name. This should be done first and then you will be able to select the refund option.

The deadline to make your choice is Thursday, September 30th.

Good morning, Runners! Roughly 25% of our participants have selected their option to Defer or receive a Refund. Everyone...
09/09/2021
St. Luke’s Half Marathon

Good morning, Runners!
Roughly 25% of our participants have selected their option to Defer or receive a Refund. Everyone must make their selection by September 30th.

Also, if you chose Deferment, this step is not complete unless you logged into your account and clicked Profile > Manage Registration > Defer Registration.

Thanks, for your attention to this matter. We will begin processing refunds soon.

Instructions can be found here: https://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/

The oldest 13.1 running event in the Lehigh Valley. St. Luke’s Half Marathon is the primary fundraiser for Lehigh Valley Road Runners.

Runners: If you are having trouble locating the 2021 race under your Upcoming Races you will need to claim your race ent...
09/03/2021
St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K

Runners: If you are having trouble locating the 2021 race under your Upcoming Races you will need to claim your race entry first before you defer or request a refund.

Please visit this link — https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=11383 — search your name and you will see your entry. You may need to claim it by clicking the “Is this you?” link next to your name. This should be done first and then you will be able to select the refund option.

St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K is on Saturday October 16, 2021 to Sunday October 17, 2021. It includes the following events: St. Luke's Half Marathon, St. Luke's 5K, and St. Luke's Youth Run.

08/31/2021

Dear Runners, walkers, and supporters,

After thorough discussions and consultation with the infectious disease control team at St. Luke’s University Health Network as well as senior management at our presenting sponsor, St. Luke’s-Allentown, we have decided to cancel the 2021 St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5k on Sunday, October 17, and the St. Luke’s Youth Run on Saturday, October 16.

This was not an easy decision. Our volunteer committee has been working hard on moving our race to October and preparing for a variety of contingencies. But given the continued surge in COVID cases in our region and the steady growth in hospitalizations since June, we believed the responsible action was to cancel to protect our participants and volunteers and avoid the prospect of further straining our healthcare system.

We also wanted to avoid the possibility of a last-minute cancellation that could have been forced by various government agencies if the current surge continues. A last-minute cancellation would have been even more frustrating than this decision.

You have the choice to defer your entry to 2022 -- when we fully intend to hold the St. Luke’s Half Marathon events on Sunday, April 24 – or to receive a full refund including processing fees. Instructions for how to defer or get a refund can be here-- https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Allentown/StLukesHalfMarathon5K

All selections must be completed by September 30, 2021.

It's been an exceptionally challenging and tumultuous 18 months for our world and the racing community. We are as frustrated as anyone with the uncertainty of in-person events.

But as runners and walkers, we are eternally optimistic that better times are ahead. We are confident that come April 2022 we will once again celebrate the spirit of running with the region’s most beloved distance race. We hope you are able to join us.

Until then, stay safe and keep on running. We’ll see you in 2022.

Neal Novak
Race Director

Brian Patterson
Co-Race Director

William Moyer
President, St. Luke's - Allentown

SPONSORED: Even the best runners can experience an injury from time to time. See a physical therapist without a prescrip...
08/22/2021

SPONSORED: Even the best runners can experience an injury from time to time. See a physical therapist without a prescription for up to 30 days. The Running Institute's Alex Brown of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's explains how.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565733368

SPONSORED: Even the best runners can experience an injury from time to time. See a physical therapist without a prescription for up to 30 days. The Running Institute's Alex Brown of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's explains how.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565733368

SPONSORED: Most runners will have minor aches and pains from time to time, but serious issues can stop you in your track...
08/15/2021

SPONSORED: Most runners will have minor aches and pains from time to time, but serious issues can stop you in your tracks. If you’re hurting, learn about recovery options with The Running Institute's Howie Knudson of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565733248

SPONSORED: Most runners will have minor aches and pains from time to time, but serious issues can stop you in your tracks. If you’re hurting, learn about recovery options with The Running Institute's Howie Knudson of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565733248

We had our monthly half marathon committee meeting last night -- finalizing our plans, dotting the i’s and crossing the ...
08/13/2021

We had our monthly half marathon committee meeting last night -- finalizing our plans, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s so to speak. Just over 9 weeks to race day. See you soon!!

We had our monthly half marathon committee meeting last night -- finalizing our plans, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s so to speak. Just over 9 weeks to race day. See you soon!!

SPONSORED: One of the best ways to keep yourself running is to sign up for a race.  The Running Institute's Will Updegro...
08/08/2021

SPONSORED: One of the best ways to keep yourself running is to sign up for a race. The Running Institute's Will Updegrove of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's can help you get started.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565733165

SPONSORED: One of the best ways to keep yourself running is to sign up for a race. The Running Institute's Will Updegrove of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's can help you get started.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565733165

SPONSORED: Having the right pair of running shoes can make a world of difference. Find out how to keep your feet happy w...
08/01/2021

SPONSORED: Having the right pair of running shoes can make a world of difference. Find out how to keep your feet happy with The Running Institute's Matt Babbitt of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732943

SPONSORED: Having the right pair of running shoes can make a world of difference. Find out how to keep your feet happy with The Running Institute's Matt Babbitt of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732943

SPONSORED: The proper footwear and running mechanics can help prevent a running injury. Find out how to avoid a misstep ...
07/25/2021

SPONSORED: The proper footwear and running mechanics can help prevent a running injury. Find out how to avoid a misstep with The Running Institute's Liz Ballard of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732943

SPONSORED: The proper footwear and running mechanics can help prevent a running injury. Find out how to avoid a misstep with The Running Institute's Liz Ballard of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732943

On this Parent Appreciation Day, we celebrate and are thankful for all of our moms and dads who support us, cheer for us...
07/24/2021

On this Parent Appreciation Day, we celebrate and are thankful for all of our moms and dads who support us, cheer for us, and celebrate both our accomplishments and failures. Thank you, for always being there for us!

On this Parent Appreciation Day, we celebrate and are thankful for all of our moms and dads who support us, cheer for us, and celebrate both our accomplishments and failures. Thank you, for always being there for us!

Hi Runners! We're getting some questions to our inbox that can easily be found on the FAQ page on our website. Please vi...
07/19/2021

Hi Runners! We're getting some questions to our inbox that can easily be found on the FAQ page on our website. Please visit https://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/faq/ to learn how to transfer your bib to a friend, change your shirt size, where to check if you're registered, and more!

Hi Runners! We're getting some questions to our inbox that can easily be found on the FAQ page on our website. Please visit https://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/faq/ to learn how to transfer your bib to a friend, change your shirt size, where to check if you're registered, and more!

SPONSORED: Some runners are naturally better at running hills, and some will try to avoid them!  Learn how to master the...
07/18/2021

SPONSORED: Some runners are naturally better at running hills, and some will try to avoid them! Learn how to master them with The Running Institute's Alex Brown of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.
WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732850

SPONSORED: Some runners are naturally better at running hills, and some will try to avoid them! Learn how to master them with The Running Institute's Alex Brown of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.
WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732850

Join us for your weekly Long Run!St. Luke’s Half Training Runs: Beginning Saturday, July 17th, this group run will move ...
07/14/2021
Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR) Club House · 1696 Park Dr, Allentown, PA 18103

Join us for your weekly Long Run!

St. Luke’s Half Training Runs: Beginning Saturday, July 17th, this group run will move to 6:30 AM and follow the beginner training plan for the St. Luke’s Half Marathon.

Run Leaders: Sean, Mitch, and Joe.

Meet at the LVRR Clubhouse in Lehigh Parkway.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lehigh+Valley+Road+Runners+(LVRR)+Club+House/@40.5790587,-75.495734,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c43a46374891ef:0xe3b82183d8732cf3!8m2!3d40.5790587!4d-75.4935453

1696 Park Dr, Allentown, PA 18103

SPONSORED: If there's something wrong with your running form, you'll probably feel it. Proper form can keep you running ...
07/11/2021

SPONSORED: If there's something wrong with your running form, you'll probably feel it. Proper form can keep you running faster, longer, and more efficiently. Learn more with The Running Institute's Joel Allen of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.
WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732696

SPONSORED: If there's something wrong with your running form, you'll probably feel it. Proper form can keep you running faster, longer, and more efficiently. Learn more with The Running Institute's Joel Allen of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's.
WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/565732696

It's World Chocolate Day and we're celebrating by baking up one of our favorite post-race foods at the St. Luke's Half -...
07/07/2021

It's World Chocolate Day and we're celebrating by baking up one of our favorite post-race foods at the St. Luke's Half -- Black Bean Brownies!! You can make your own at home, too. It's easier than you think!

Puree one 15 oz can of black beans in a blender. Pour into a bowl with boxed brownie mix. Stir until moistened throughout. Bake according to directions on the box. That's it.

It's World Chocolate Day and we're celebrating by baking up one of our favorite post-race foods at the St. Luke's Half -- Black Bean Brownies!! You can make your own at home, too. It's easier than you think!

Puree one 15 oz can of black beans in a blender. Pour into a bowl with boxed brownie mix. Stir until moistened throughout. Bake according to directions on the box. That's it.

SPONSORED: Did you know muscles respond better to stress when they've been warmed up? So before you head out, learn the ...
07/05/2021
Ep 2 - How to Warm Up for a Run - PT at SLUHN Running Institute

SPONSORED: Did you know muscles respond better to stress when they've been warmed up? So before you head out, learn the right way to get ready with The Running Institute's Liz Ballard of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's. https://vimeo.com/565732606

This is "Ep 2 - How to Warm Up for a Run - PT at SLUHN Running Institute" by St. Luke's on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people…

Just a friendly reminder that if you are on the Waitlist and get selected, your invitation to sign up (via email) expire...
07/02/2021
St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K

Just a friendly reminder that if you are on the Waitlist and get selected, your invitation to sign up (via email) expires three days after selection. Failure to sign up means you need to go to the back of the line if you choose to join the Waitlist again.

https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Allentown/StLukesHalfMarathon5K

St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K is on Saturday October 16, 2021 to Sunday October 17, 2021. It includes the following events: St. Luke's Half Marathon, St. Luke's 5K, and St. Luke's Youth Run.

Over the next several weeks we'll be posting running tips from our primary sponsor, St. Luke's University Health Network...
06/29/2021
Ep 1 - Starting a Running Program - PT at SLUHN Running Institute

Over the next several weeks we'll be posting running tips from our primary sponsor, St. Luke's University Health Network. The first one is below.

Are you ready to start a running program, but wonder where to begin? Check out these tips from The Running Institute's Will Updegrove of Physical Therapy at St. Luke's. https://vimeo.com/565732507

This is "Ep 1 - Starting a Running Program - PT at SLUHN Running Institute" by St. Luke's on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people…

We have added a small handful of spots to our 5k race. When you go to register, you will see that the waitlist is still ...
06/13/2021

We have added a small handful of spots to our 5k race. When you go to register, you will see that the waitlist is still active. We cannot turn this off at this point so all you need to do is join the waitlist and you will receive an automated email inviting you to sign up. You will have three days to register before the system moves to the next person in line. Be sure to check your emails!

PS - As people drop from the half marathon the now-active waitlist is inviting people to register. If you fail to register within the three-day window you lose your turn in line.

https://runsingup.com/slhm

We have added a small handful of spots to our 5k race. When you go to register, you will see that the waitlist is still active. We cannot turn this off at this point so all you need to do is join the waitlist and you will receive an automated email inviting you to sign up. You will have three days to register before the system moves to the next person in line. Be sure to check your emails!

PS - As people drop from the half marathon the now-active waitlist is inviting people to register. If you fail to register within the three-day window you lose your turn in line.

https://runsingup.com/slhm

The half marathon and 5k now officially have waitlists. Should more spots open we will honor waitlist entries on a first...
06/03/2021
St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K

The half marathon and 5k now officially have waitlists. Should more spots open we will honor waitlist entries on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign up at https://runsignup.com/slhm

St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K is on Saturday October 16, 2021 to Sunday October 17, 2021. It includes the following events: St. Luke's Half Marathon, St. Luke's 5K, and St. Luke's Youth Run.

Hello Runners! We want to let everyone know that you can verify your race entry either by visiting this link (https://ru...
06/03/2021
St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K

Hello Runners! We want to let everyone know that you can verify your race entry either by visiting this link (https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=11383) or by signing in to your runsignup.com account and looking at your Upcoming Events in your profile.

St. Luke's Half Marathon & 5K is on Saturday October 16, 2021 to Sunday October 17, 2021. It includes the following events: St. Luke's Half Marathon, St. Luke's 5K, and St. Luke's Youth Run.

In the news: Thank you WFMZ for the news coverage. We are really excited about our race taking place this October. https...
05/22/2021

In the news: Thank you WFMZ for the news coverage. We are really excited about our race taking place this October. https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/st-lukes-half-marathon-and-5k-returning-in-october/article_c44a9378-b998-11eb-8d10-a3d931a9c1b1.html

In the news: Thank you WFMZ for the news coverage. We are really excited about our race taking place this October. https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/lehighvalley/st-lukes-half-marathon-and-5k-returning-in-october/article_c44a9378-b998-11eb-8d10-a3d931a9c1b1.html

How long does it take to train for a half marathon? Our training plans are 14 weeks long (they start on July 12.) You ca...
05/17/2021

How long does it take to train for a half marathon?

Our training plans are 14 weeks long (they start on July 12.) You can jump in at any point or use them as a loose guideline. At this point, you still have time to build your base -- our beginner plan starts with 18 miles in the first week.

Grab the training plan here: https://pub.lucidpress.com/slhmtrainingplan

How long does it take to train for a half marathon?

Our training plans are 14 weeks long (they start on July 12.) You can jump in at any point or use them as a loose guideline. At this point, you still have time to build your base -- our beginner plan starts with 18 miles in the first week.

Grab the training plan here: https://pub.lucidpress.com/slhmtrainingplan

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Produced by not-for-profit Lehigh Valley Road Runners, the St. Luke's Half Marathon and 5k and associated events draw over 6,000 entrants over two days. Proceeds from the race -- more than $250,000 since 2003 -- benefit youth running and fitness programs in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Our 2020 event will be Sunday, April 26. Mission Provide first-class, runner-focused events that celebrate the spirit of friendly competition, personal achievement and healthy lifestyles. St. Luke's Half Marathon St. Luke's 5k St. Luke's 1.5-mile Family Fun Walk St. Luke's Youth Run St. Luke's Race Expo

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