ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The St. Luke’s Half Marathon (http://stlukeshalfmarathon.com) will open 100 additional race spots on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the price of $100 to raise funds for St. Luke’s Mobile Youth Health Centers (MYHC) program, a division of St. Luke’s Community Health.
The half marathon closed with 4,000 entrants on February 3, matching last year’s early February sell-out date. The race will be run on Sunday, April 29.
The mobile units provide free medical and dental care to local middle-school and high-school students who might otherwise not receive treatment. Through visits made by St. Luke’s HealthStar vans during school hours, thousands of students who do not have a family doctor or insurance are able to receive care that is vital to their health and well-being. In addition to dental exams and sick-visits, the program features counseling on a variety of topics including nutrition, smoking cessation and dating violence. St. Luke’s MYHC is offered to eligible students at select city schools in Allentown and Bethlehem.
The proceeds — $10,000 if all 100 spots sell – will be donated to the St. Luke’s HealthStar Mobile Health Clinics. Last year, runners scooped up 100 additional entries in only four days to raise $10,000 to support the American Red Cross following the deadly gas explosion in Allentown.
The St. Luke’s Half Marathon is the largest single-day participatory athletic event in the Lehigh Valley. It is produced by the Lehigh Valley Road Runners and is one of the largest races in the country with an all-volunteer staff.
Entries are still available for the St. Luke’s Youth Run on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in downtown Allentown. Parents can register their children at stlukeshalfmarathon.com/