Bethlehem man, Montgomery County lady are winners of St. Luke's Half Marathon

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – After canceled races in April 2020 and October 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, greater than 2,000 runners registered for the thirty seventh working of the St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K.

“We’re so excited to be again,” mentioned co-race director Leslie Billowitch. “This race is such an enormous a part of the group. Between the Lehigh Valley Street Runners and St. Luke’s we simply could not be extra thrilled to get all people again on this course. It was an extended three years.”

Alex Value, 28, of Bethlehem, positioned first within the males’s race with a time of 1:10:53. He mentioned he had been feeling unwell main as much as the race, however rallied in time for the beginning. “I used to be beneath the climate the final couple of days with a fever, aches and complications,” he mentioned. “I examined unfavourable for all the things and my fever broke final night time. I took a few Advils and right here we’re. Truthfully I’m shocked it went so effectively.”

Value was adopted by Brian Clayton (Tinton Falls, N.J., 1:14:06), Bob Pultorak (Perkasie, Pa., 1:14:22), Corey Mullins (Bethlehem, Pa., 1:14:39) and Lou Palma (Union Twp., N.J. 1:17:18).

The ladies’s winner was Jenn Cronin, 32, from North Wales in Montgomery County, with a time of 1:19:36, a private file by practically two minutes.

She bested Eileen Cody (Bethlehem, Pa., 1:21;27), Molly Sunderland (Hellertown, Pa., 1:26:13), Jenna Papaz (Bethlehem, Pa., 1:26:34) and Lilly Woodhouse (Windermere, Fla., 1:30:19)

Cronin mentioned she had final run within the race in 2014. “I used to be working with Eileen Cody by means of about 10k,” Cronin mentioned. “We’re accustomed to one another as a result of I ran at Lebanon Valley School and he or she ran at Elizabethtown despite the fact that it’s been 10-plus years now. I made my transfer at mile eight and determined to make it a race and simply held on.”

Alex Value was total male winner with a time of  1:10:53

Cronin and Value joined different Sunday runners in celebrating the return to racing after a mess of pandemic cancelations. “I had motivation to come back again this yr. I attempted to enroll two instances, nevertheless it stored getting canceled,” mentioned Cronin. “I’d run it earlier than so I simply wished to come back again as a result of it had been so lengthy.”

Stated Value: “I used to be identical to everybody else firstly (of the pandemic). It took plenty of wind out of everybody’s sails. It was onerous to remain motivated and prepare with no races on the calendar, particularly when it’s chilly and darkish out. However now issues are opening again up and there are a ton of individuals out.”

One other 440 runners took half within the St. Luke’s 5K. Griffin Kaulbach, 23, Kutztown, Pa., gained the race outright in addition to the ladies’s class with a time of 18:00. Joshua Area, 24, East Stroundsburg, Pa. led the boys’s subject with 18:23.

The weekend additionally featured the St. Luke’s Youth Run on Saturday. The races are placed on by the Lehigh Valley Street Runners and all of the race proceeds help group health and youth working efforts within the Lehigh Valley.

One of many oldest half marathons within the nation, the St. Luke’s Half Marathon began in 1977 as a full marathon organized by the Lehigh Valley Athletic Affiliation, a predecessor to the LVRR. It was shortened to a half marathon in 1984 and has been run constantly each spring apart from a canceled race in 1996 and COVID-19 cancelations in 2020 and 2021.

Proceeds from the race, greater than $250,000 since 2003, profit youth working and health packages within the Better Lehigh Valley. The race is made potential by the assistance of 500 volunteers making it one of many largest races within the nation run solely by volunteers.

Each races began at William Allen Excessive College and ended at J. Birney Crum Stadium. The 13.1-mile course winds by means of Allentown’s streets and parks. 

Full outcomes can be out there on the race website. 

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