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St. Luke’s D&L RaceFest – November 12, 2023

Four fantastic races. One inspirational day.  

Mark your calendars – the St. Luke’s D&L RaceFest will bring four signature events to the Lehigh Valley on November 12: the St. Luke’s D&L Marathon, the St. Luke’s D&L Marathon Relay, the D&L Heritage Half Marathon Run presented by St. Luke’s, and the D&L Heritage Half Marathon Walk presented by St. Luke’s. 

We are grateful to welcome our title sponsor St. Luke’s University Health Network as an advocate for trails and a champion of wellness across our region. 

Proceeds will benefit the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Inc., a 501(c)3, for heritage and environmental programming as well as the ongoing development and promotion of the D&L Trail. Your participation will move the D&L Trail toward becoming the longest multi-use trail in Pennsylvania, stretching over 165 miles from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol. 

We have engaged nationally recognized race management firm DMSE Sports, organizers of the Boston Marathon and other high-profile races, to ensure a world-class experience for participants. 

Overall, we’re taking the best parts of the former St. Luke’s Via Marathon and Marathon Relay, making some upgrades and moving it to the crisp November weather, while retaining the November tradition of the D&L Heritage Half Marathon Run and Walk. Either way, it will be a weekend to remember! 

This year, we’ve introduced a tiered pricing system for the St. Luke’s D&L RaceFest that increases based on participant count, not dates. The St. Luke’s D&L Marathon increases with every 250 registrants. The St. Luke’s D&L Marathon Relay increases with every 40 teams registered. The D&L Heritage Half Run and the D&L Heritage Half Walk both increase with every 200 registrants. This means the early birds get the lowest pricing!

What are you waiting for? Register today! 

St. Luke’s D&L Marathon 

The Lehigh Valley’s marathon! Run 26.2 miles between Allentown and downtown Easton, a majority of miles on the D&L Trail along the scenic Lehigh River. The net-downhill, fast, point-to-point course will be USTAF certified and will be very similar to the previous St. Luke’s Via Marathon course from 2019. (An official course map will be shared this spring.)  

St. Luke’s D&L Marathon Relay 

Enter a five-person team of friends, family or co-workers to cover the same 26.2-mile route. Legs will range in distance from about 6.5 miles to 4.25 miles. (An official course map will be shared this spring.) Share the excitement of the St. Luke’s D&L RaceFest as you work together for your best time. 

D&L Heritage Half Marathon Run and Walk, presented by St. Luke’s

Our annual fall half marathon will start in Historic Downtown Bethlehem and end in downtown Easton. The net-downhill, point-to-point course on the D&L Trail provides an ideal setting for runners and walkers. We will continue our tradition as a walker-friendly half.