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St. Luke’s Hospital Partners With Runner’s World Half & Festival

St. Luke’s Hospital Partners With Runner’s World Half & Festival



St. Luke’s Healthy Kids, Bright Futures 

Bethlehem, PA (7/29/2014) – The Runner’s World Half & Festival presented by ALTRA Zero Drop Footwear has chosen St. Luke’s University Health Network as the official charitable partner for the third-annual Festival at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

“With this partnership, we are excited about the opportunity to work locally with St. Luke’s in their efforts to bring medical, dental and eye care to children who desperately need it in the Lehigh Valley,” said Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief David Willey. “Our hope is to raise awareness for all of their wonderful community health programs that serve the community where a lot of our staff lives and works.”

The annual event, which features a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, draws nearly 6,000 people and will take place October 17-19, 2014. Charitable donations will benefit St. Luke’s Healthy Kids, Bright Futures programs which include St. Luke’s HealthStar Mobile Youth Health Clinics, Community Health programs like Reading Rocks! and St. Luke’s KidsCare pediatric practices which provide care to children without insurance.

Runners will be able to donate and/or join the St. Luke’s fundraising team for the Runner’s World Half by going to the fundraising page created on The link to donate or join the team is:

“Providing medical, dental and eye care to underinsured and medically underserved children helps our most vulnerable population have a more fulfilling and healthy life,” said Bonnie Coyle, MD, Director of St. Luke’s Community Health department. “Reading and literacy programs help keep the children on track educationally to increase their opportunity for success in school, as well.”

Every dollar contributed to Healthy Kids, Bright Futures makes a difference:
  • $5 provides a toothbrush and toothpaste to a child who doesn't have them.
  • $10 provides books to encourage the love of reading.
  • $15 provides healthy after school snacks during the Reading Rocks Program.
  • $20 provides dental sealants to prevent cavities.
  • $25 provides a backpack filled with school supplies.
  • $100 provides a vision screening and eyeglasses to a child in need.

The weekend-long Festival will feature Kids Runs on Friday, October 17; a 5K and 10K on Saturday, October 18; and the half marathon on Sunday, October 19. Throughout the weekend, there will be live music, a health and fitness expo, running-themed speakers and seminars, movies and special events for participants. Runners looking to register for any of the races can do so at

In addition to being chosen as the charitable partner for the event, St. Luke’s is also the exclusive medical provider of the Runners World Half & Festival, staffing five first aid tents along the course and the Start/Finish medical tent. This year, female participants are encouraged to take the PINK 16.2 Challenge by running the Women’s 5K Classic on Saturday, October 18 in the Lehigh Parkway and the Runner’s World Half Marathon on Sunday, October 19 in Bethlehem.

About St. Luke’s Hospital University Health Network

St. Luke’s University Health Network is a non-profit system comprised of six hospitals: St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem; St. Luke’s Allentown CampusSt. Luke’s Anderson Campus (Bethlehem Township); St. Luke’s Miners Campus (Coaldale); St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus and St. Luke’s Warren Campus (Phillipsburg, NJ). The Network includes more than 125 employed physician primary care and specialty practices; outpatient testing and service sites; regional medical school campus; home health, inpatient and outpatient hospice care; the largest hospital-based EMS unit in Pennsylvania and other health services. St. Luke’s community outreach programs exist in Schuylkill, Monroe, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks counties and serve more than 130,000 at risk children and adults each year.

About the 2014 Runner’s World Half & Festival

The Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival presented by Altra Zero Drop Footwear is a weekend-long celebration of running at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. It features kids’ runs on Friday, Oct. 17 and 5-K and 10-K races on Saturday, Oct. 18 before the half-marathon on Sunday, Oct. 19, as well as running-related seminars, movies, live music and a health and fitness expo. The event, produced by Rodale Inc.'s Runner's World magazine, has drawn over 6,000 participants in each of the first two years. The 2013 event was awarded Gold Certification from the Council of Responsible Sport for its commitment to environmental and social responsibility. The inaugural event earned Silver status in 2012. For more information or to register for any of the races or events, log on to or get instant updates on twitter (@rwhalf) and Facebook (Runner’s World Half & Festival).


David Tratner
Runner’s World

Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network

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