Published on October 06, 2016

Reading Hospital Road Run Adds Half Marathon to This Year's October 16 Event

The 2016 Reading Hospital Road Run, sponsored by Diamond Credit Union, will take place on Sunday, October 16. This year's event will be bigger than ever! In addition to a 5K and free 1-mile fun run and walk, the race will include a half marathon - a brand new component to this year's event.

Participants will begin the half marathon and 5K at William Penn Memorial Fire Tower and will enjoy a scenic course in the City of Reading and Lower Alsace. Half-marathon runners also will traverse Mount Penn and run past the historic Pagoda.

Reading Hospital Road Run is a fundraiser for The Friends of Reading Hospital, a nonprofit organization that raises money for local programs to improve healthcare in the community, including a pilot Telemedicine project, which places iPads in ambulances to assess stroke patients quickly and efficiently in a pre-hospital setting, as well as funding for a new cargo van for Reading Recreation, that will serve up to 27,000 meals this year.

The half marathon will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8:45 a.m. Shuttle buses will begin transporting runners from the DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading, to the Fire Tower at 6:45 a.m. All runners must be at the Fire Tower by 8:15 a.m. The 1-mile fun run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. outside the DoubleTree/Santander Arena.

The race features instant result timing using the Jaguar disposable chip timing system. First, second and third place finishers in the half marathon and 5K will receive cash prizes and ceremonial gifts. The 5K Award Ceremony will take place at about 9:30 a.m. and the Half Marathon Award Ceremony will take place at about 11 a.m., both inside the DoubleTree Hotel. Half-marathon participants also will receive a finisher's medal.

In addition to the race, a Health and Fitness Expo with area vendors displaying their products and services will be held inside the DoubleTree Hotel on Saturday, October 15, from noon to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, October 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Registration deadline for the race is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 12. For details about Reading Hospital Road Run, visit www.rhroadrun.com. For more information, please email friends@readinghealth.org or call 484-628-8477.