Q: What’s the weather like?
A: October is the peak of the fall foliage season here in the Lehigh Valley. The average morning temperature in mid-October is typically in the 40s, so dress in layers for the start. The average daily high temperature is in the low 60s, so be prepared for the temperature to rise during the half marathon. The course follows a scenic route, which will provide a great opportunity to enjoy the autumn colors!
Q: Are any of the races walker-friendly?
A: While these are running events, walkers may participate so long as they complete the course in the assigned time. For complete rules, including course time limits, see the rules page of this site.
Q: What’s the course like? Hilly? Flat? Fast?
A: The half marathon course is challenging with 3 hills to remember:
- Near Mile 3: the 11th Avenue Hill (one block long)
- After Mile 5: Schoenersville Road (half a mile climb)
- Near Mile 7: Illicks Mill Road (one-quarter mile)
The 5K course only runs up the City Hall hill, and is considered generally fast and relatively flat.
The 10K course runs up two hills (Main Street near mile marker 2 and the New Street Hill). These hills will be behind the runners by the three-mile mark. This course rewards runners who mind their pace.
Q: Will there be race-day packet pickup?
A: Yes. There will be race-day packet pickup starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m. on Sunday; however, we strongly encourage participants to pick up their packets at the expo on Friday.
Q: I am entered in the race but recently incurred an injury and will be unable to compete. Can I defer my participation to next year?
A: Entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable under all circumstances, including, but not limited to, cancellation of the event or of your participation, or change in the date, nature, or format of the event. An event may be canceled or changed due to severe weather or other factors that threaten the safety of participants, staff, or volunteers. Race bibs can be transferred to another participant within the Active platform (an additional fee applies). Thanks to our partnership with Active Network for registration software, we are excited to offer Registration Protection administered by Booking Protect Limited.
Q: If I sign up for the half marathon, can my husband join me for dinner, speakers, etc., even though he’s not registered to run any event?
A: Absolutely. For paid events such as dinner, speakers, etc., athletes and fans alike may register and attend. Programming details will be posted closer to the event date.
Q: How old do I have to be to run the 5K, 10K, or half marathon?
A: All trail run and 5K runners must be at least 8 years old and we ask that trail run and 5K runners between the ages of 8 and 13 years old be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You must be at least 13 years old to participate in the 10K and at least 16 years old to participate in the half marathon.
Q: Will there be hydration stops along the course?
A: For the 5K, water will be provided on the course and at the finish area. Sports drink will also be available in the finish area. For the 10K and half marathon, both water and sports drink will be provided on the course and at the finish area.
Q: Is there a bag check?
A: Yes. Gear Check will be available on race day on the Levitt Lawn. The only bag that will be accepted is the clear Gear Check bag provided at the race expo. No other bags will be accepted. Only one bag per runner. All bags are subject to search. Make sure to attach the Gear Check tag from your race bib to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew, so it’s easy to find when you come back for it. After the race, please remember to reclaim your checked bag. Please do not leave valuables, cash, or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Festival on race day.
Q: What happens if I lose something? Where can I go to find it?
A: Lost items can be turned in at the RW Half information booth inside of ArtsQuest.
Q: Where can I look up the race results?
A: We will post race results on the results page of this website right after the race.
Q: Can my family or friends track my races?
A: Friends and family will be able to follow any runner’s progress along the course in real time. Your virtual support crew can sign up to receive updates for one or multiple runners during the race using the link below. Runner splits will be provided at the start and finish of the 5K and 10K. For the half marathon, a tracking update will also be provided at the 10-mile mark. Updates may be delivered by text or email. Track your runner here. Tracking can also be done during the event via our App which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android store. Click on the RESULTS tab to search for your runner.
Q: May I switch my registration from one race to another?
A: If you wish to change your race selection, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no refunds when modifying a race distance. If you wish to upgrade your entry to a longer distance or combination entry, you will be responsible for paying the difference.
Q: Are there team relays?
A: No, there are no team relays.
Q: Are there corporate teams?
A: Yes, The Runner’s World Half & Festival invites you to race with a corporate, social, or charity team. Encourage team building in your workplace or community by running with colleagues, friends, and family.
Q: What is the average temperature at start time?
A: October is the peak of the fall foliage season here in the Lehigh Valley. The average morning temperature in mid-October is typically in the 40s, so dress in layers for the start. The average daily high temperature is 62 degrees Fahrenheit, so be prepared for the temperature to rise during the half marathon.
Q: What if it rains on race day?
A: Races will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, routes may be altered. Races will be canceled only if absolutely necessary for the safety of participants, volunteers and event staff. In this case, there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk. We encourage you to check our race iPhone or Android app, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the weekend for the latest information.
Q: Are wheelchairs allowed?
A: Yes, push-rim wheelchairs are allowed on the course. No hand cycles (hand bikes, hand crank devices or other mechanically gear driven devices) will be permitted on the course. Participants must be able to complete the course in the time listed in the race rules. Wheelchair start times will be one minute before the scheduled race start. Helmets are required. Athletes planning to compete in the wheelchair division should notify the race by sending an email to email@example.com.
Q: Will there be porta-potties?
A: Of course. Porta-potties will be located at the start/finish line area. Additionally, porta-potties will be located at each water stop on the course.
Q: Can I use a baby jogger, roller blades, scooter, or bike?
A: No. These items are all strictly prohibited from the course.
Q: Can I use headphones or earbuds?
A: We highly recommend that you do not run our races with headphones so that you are better able to hear runners approaching to pass, as well as hear safety announcements or emergency vehicles on the course.
Q: Is there late checkout at the hotels?
A: Many hotels in the Lehigh Valley have special rates for participants. Each hotel has its own policies on check-in/check-out times. Please check with your hotel. For a list of hotels offering special rates, see our travel page.
Q: Can I volunteer to help on event weekend?
A: Yes! There are volunteer positions for every type of person, whether you want to be stationed along one of the race courses or behind the scenes. It’s also a great way for individuals, families, clubs, and other groups to get involved and support the community. Click here for volunteer opportunities or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is there gear check for the Trail Run?
A: Yes, gear check will be available at the trail, please bring your belongings with you on the shuttle. The only bag that will be accepted is the clear Gear Check bag provided at the race expo. No other bags will be accepted. Only one bag per runner. All bags are subject to search. Make sure to attach the Gear Check tag from your race bib to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew, so it’s easy to find when you come back for it. After the race, please remember to reclaim your checked bag. Please do not leave valuables, cash, or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items.
Q: If you register for a race, are you automatically registered for dinner with the editors?
A: No. The dinner with the editors is an additional event with an additional charge, which can be paid for via our registration for the race.
Q: I have another question that’s not answered here. What do I do?
A: Contact us at email@example.com.