It May be Safer to Capture Your Pokémon Walking a Trail: D&L Race is Region’s Only Walker-Friendly Half Marathon

Jul 28th, 2016Press Release from Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

EASTON (July 28) – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) encourages participants in Pokémon Go to play the game more safely on the rail trail, while also training for the upcoming D&L Half Marathon. The race, which will be held on November 6th, is the only walker-friendly half marathon in the region.  

D&L has launched a creative social media campaign tied to the Pokémon Go craze. Participants training for the D&L Half or other upcoming races are invited to use #pokemondl to submit pictures via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The photos should include D&L signs or historic markers seen on the trail while catching Pokémon. Entrants will be entered into a prize drawing. 

Both runners and walkers enjoy the beautiful, lush rail trail with crisp autumn temperatures at the D&L Half Marathon. All participants who complete the 13.1-mile course in up to 4.5 hours earn a finisher’s medal, making it a great half marathon for first-timers.

Michele Stanten, ACE-certified fitness instructor, is the D&L Half Marathon walking coach. She recently released a new walker training program that is ideal for participants in the D&L event. “Hunting for virtual creatures along real-world paths can make long training walks more fun–just don’t stop and slow down too much,” said Stanten.

The D&L’s Half Marathon Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, November 6 at 8:00 a.m. The course was reversed last year to be predominantly downhill. The race starts at Northern Lehigh High School in Slatington, runs along the joint-friendly D&L Trail throughout the Lehigh Valley, and finishes at Canal Street Park in Northampton. Event proceeds help support the completion and maintenance of the D&L Trail. Participants will enjoy a race loaded with amenities including many runner and walker awards, random prizes, a delicious post-race buffet, indoor facilities at the start and finish, gender-specific technical T-shirts, enthusiastic volunteers, and so much more.

“From beginning to end this was one of the best managed, promoted, and organized events that I’ve had the opportunity to participate in,” said walking competitor Mary Ann Rostel.

Early registrants receive a discounted entry fee and the final registration deadline is October 31, 2016. All runners and walkers completing the course in up to 4.5 hours will receive finisher’s medals. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female overall finishers in both the run and walk, and in age groups. Registration is available now at


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