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Coming October 21: the Runner's World Half Marathon and Running Festival - Be Part of this Inaugural Event
Join the editors and luminaries of Runner’s World for a weekend of races and festivities in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - just a few miles from Rodale's Runner's World Headquarters in Emmaus. The weekend's running events include a Half Marathon, 5K, 10K, and kids run. An expo, including the showing of classic running films and expert health and fitness seminars, will run all weekend long. Additionally, dinner with editors and a keynote speaker will be held Saturday night before the Half Marathon. This is your opportunity to celebrate the sport we all love!

Coming October 21: the Runner's World Half Marathon and Running Festival - Be Part of this Inaugural Event

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Friday, 5 October, 2012

The first ever Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival, to be held October 19-21, 2012, will be a milestone experience for any runner. The weekend offers top-notch amenities, a beautiful course, and the opportunity to run in the Runner’s World Half Marathon, 5K, 10K, and kids' race. The three-day festival will be held in the beautiful Lehigh Valley and will feature live music, running-themed speakers and seminars, movies and other special events.

Festivities begin October 19 with a Health and Fitness Expo and running movies at the four-story ArtsQuest SteelStacks Campus ( Runner’s World’s race headquarters for the weekend will be centered at the SteelStacks, which are on the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel.

The events on October 20 begin with the 5K race at 8:00 a.m., which is followed by the 10K race at 9:30 a.m., kids run at 11:30 a.m., and running films, dinner with the Runner’s World editors and a keynote speaker later in the afternoon and evening.

The centerpiece of the weekend is the half marathon at 8:30 a.m. on October. 21. The 13.1-mile course will take runners through Lehigh Valley’s iconic Bethlehem Steel mills and through the historic neighborhoods of Bethlehem, just miles from Runner’s World's parent company, Rodale Inc.’s corporate headquarters.

Race signups are open at or Information will also be available on Twitter by following @RWHalf.

Runner’s World challenges the most dedicated runners to participate in a “Hat Trick” weekend and participate in the 5K and 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. Participants will receive three medals, two commemorative T-shirts, and a commemorative running hat upon completion of the three events.

Runner’s World Health and Fitness Expo
The festival kicks off on Friday, October 19, with the Health and Fitness Expo at the ArtsQuest SteelStacks, located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Expo hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be several showings of classic running movies Friday evening and Saturday. The Expo will be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Race Packet pickup for all races will be available during Expo hours. Participants my pick up packets on Saturday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., the 10K at 9:30 a.m., and Kids Fun Runs at 11:30 a.m. (ages 3 to 6 run quarter mile, kids 7-8 run half mile, and kids 9-12 run one mile).

There will be seminars throughout the day on Saturday, featuring expert advice on all aspects of running and fitness from the sport’s top leaders. Exhibiters will display the latest running and fitness gear. Attend some of the classic movies being shown, listen to live music, or simply mingle with other runners from all over the world.

The pasta dinner on Saturday evening will be held from 5:30–8:00 p.m., with keynote speeches at both 6:00 and 8:00 from Matt Long, former firefighter, endurance athlete, and author. Runner’s World editors and luminaries will attend and enjoy dinner with participants throughout.

Information—Go to the Web site
Check the race Web site for details, including general information, registration, travel and directions, accommodations, schedules, training, and much more:

Call 212-741-2483 or e-mail for additional questions or details.

About the Refurbished, Reborn Bethlehem SteelStacks
Bethlehem Steel, located on the south bank of the Lehigh River, was once the nation’s second-largest steel company and occupied the site of the current ArtsQuest SteelStacks from 1857 to 2003. The company was instrumental in the production of structural steel and produced products used in skyscrapers and large building and bridges all over the world, and especially along the East Coast. Bethlehem steel was used in more than 1,100 ships and countless cars and trucks. This amazing industrial power is still visible in the historic blast furnaces and stacks that are monuments to industrial might and ingenuity.

The ArtsQuest SteelStacks now houses the Ale House Cinemas, Air Products Town Square, Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks, PNC Plaza, Festival Center, Bethlehem Landing Visitors Center, and Musikfest Café, presented by Yuengling Brewery.

The site is on the National Register of Historic places, as are many other locations throughout Bethlehem.

Bethlehem and Emmaus
Bethlehem was founded in 1741 and a century later was instrumental in the advance of the industrial revolution. The confluence of the Lehigh River and Monocacy Creek and the nearby iron-ore and coal deposits made the location ideal for steel production. Bethlehem is also home to Lehigh University, built in 1865 and known for its engineering school, and Moravian College, built in 1742 and the sixth-oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S.

Emmaus is about seven miles southwest of Bethlehem and separated from the city by South Mountain. It was founded in 1759, and has been home to Rodale, parent company of Runner’s World, since the 1980s.

The Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE, or Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton) is six miles from Center City and services a half dozen major airlines. Newark Liberty Airport and Philadelphia International are about 75 miles away. Interstate 78 passes through Bethlehem, making for easy auto access. Check these Web sites for more information on regional travel and sightseeing: or

Be a Part of the First Annual Runner’s World Festival and Half Marathon
This event is geared for runners of all ages and abilities, from newbies to seasoned veterans. Steel yourself for a wonderful challenge and have a great run along the Lehigh River. We will see you there.



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