Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY SHARON SCHRANTZVIA marathon runners prepare for the race to begin at Lehigh Valley Hospital recently. See additional photos on Page A16. PRESS PHOTO BY SHARON SCHRANTZVIA marathon runners prepare for the race to begin at Lehigh Valley Hospital recently. See additional photos on Page A16.
Over 1,400 runners participate in the VIA marathon recently at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township. Over 1,400 runners participate in the VIA marathon recently at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township.
PRESS PHOTOS BY SHARON SCHRANTZRunners participating in the VIA marathon are dressed for the rainy weather. PRESS PHOTOS BY SHARON SCHRANTZRunners participating in the VIA marathon are dressed for the rainy weather.
These runners stop for a fast photo before the marathon at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest recently. These runners stop for a fast photo before the marathon at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest recently.

LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK

Monday, October 8, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

VIA Marathon draws 1,437 participants

The VIA Marathon was held recently with the downhill course starting at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown recently.

The course proceeded to the Lehigh Parkway, past the Fish Hatchery, across a covered bridge and headed toward the Lehigh River.

At mile seven, runners entered the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Mile 12 placed the runners in Bethlehem with a run through the 18th Century Industrial Quarter. Canal locks, a boat launch and several parks made up the run to Easton.

At mile 25, the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers was right before the runners. The finish line was one additional mile in Easton.

This race was described as scenic, shady and had a net elevation drop of 240 feet which makes it an attractive qualifying run for the Boston Marathon.