Runner's World Half & Festival

Runner's World Half & Festival

Runner's World Half & Festival

( 130 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Bethlehem,
    United States
  • October
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, Other
  • Road Race
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The 7th annual Runner’s World Half & Festival, October 19-21 in Bethlehem, PA welcomes runners of all levels to a one-of-a-kind weekend that covers a full 26.2 miles over three days, from a 3.8-mile trail race to a half marathon. Join us for one, or race them all with one of our multi-distance challenges. The racecourses will feature Bethlehem’s historic neighborhoods, including some of the town’s original 1741 settlement, Moravian College, and the former Bethlehem Steel complex—where the backbone of the nation was literally forged.


Windsor, Canada
19 7
"Great day for a PR"
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Jeph 's thoughts:

The Event:
I found this race because our family was vacationing nearby. I had never been to the area before, but what a cool place for a race. The Steel Stacks in Bethlehem are an amazing expo venue and there was a great festive vibe around the whole weekend. Parking was a breeze and it was easy to get around. I have yet to find a picture that really does the venue justice, but it was awesome.
When you walk in, there's lots going on which is a cool atmosphere. However, the package pick up was up a few levels and the signage wasn't the greatest, so it took some finding. Upstairs, the expo was really cramped, but easy to navigate. I didn't even pull out my shirt until after the weekend, but was pleasantly surprised to find a full long sleeve which I love for fall running! Loved it.
My goal was to set a 10k PR. Looking at the course map, I knew it would be a challenge. The elevation map showed there were plenty of hills on the front half. However, I couldn't find an elevation map with numbers on it, so I didn't know how big they were. It's nice to face the hills when you're feeling fresh, so that back half isn't as rough. I managed a significant negative split between the front and back due to the differences in elevation.
You get to run through Bethlehem which was a pretty scenic place. I loved the atmosphere and it was cool to see the people who came out to watch the 10k. The race was not too crowded and I had plenty of space to run the entire time. Every part of the race had a cool view to it, which made for an enjoyable experience. The home stretch is lined with people for a good distance making a really fun finish line.
It was a ton of fun. I felt like bag check could use a bit more security, and the medals were a little smaller than I would have hoped for. However, that being said, those are really minor things. If you're looking for a fun event surrounding the race, or a gorgeous course that's lots of fun, can't go wrong with this event and I plan to be back next year!

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