Runner's World Half & Festival


October 18 - 20, 2019

Bethlehem, PA Runner’s World is pleased to kick off the annual Runner’s World Half & Festival in Bethlehem, PA. The festival weekend includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, trail run, kids races, seminars, live music, and the return of the Hat Trick! The racecourses feature Bethlehem’s historic neighborhoods, including some of the town’s original 1741 settlement; two renowned colleges (Lehigh University and Moravian College); and the former Bethlehem Steel complex, where the backbone of the nation was literally forged. The festival weekend will include:

  • Seminars
  • Live music
  • Pre-race dinner with Runner’s World editors
  • Pop-up workouts and recovery yoga
  • ALTRA 3.8 mile Trail Run (Friday)
  • FREE kids races, children’s programming (Friday)
  • FREE 1 mile dog run (Saturday)
  • 5-K and 10-K races (Saturday)
  • Half-marathon (Sunday)

And if that’s not enough for you, take on multiple-race options: the Hat Trick (5K, 10K, and half marathon) or the Five & Dime (5K and 10K). Once again, headquarters for the weekend will be on the grounds of the beautifully refurbished Bethlehem Steel Mill and ArtsQuest SteelStacks campus.

Plus, FREE KIDS RACES and Children’s Events:

  • 2–5 years old: ¼ mile
  • 6–8 years old: ½ mile
  • 9–12 years old: 1 mile

The Runner’s World Kids Run will start with a prerace warmup on the Levitt Lawn at 12 noon. Parents who wish to run with their children are encouraged to do so (please limit to one parent per child). All Kids Run participants must be registered in advance and run with an official Runner’s World Kids Run bib. All kids runs are FREE, but preregistration is required. Race-day registration will be available at the Kids Run bib pick-up area on Levitt Lawn starting at 10 a.m. in front of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Each child will receive a race medal.


  • Free Parking:
  • Parking On-site:
  • Group Friendly (10+):


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