OCTOBER 13, 2019


Day of Race Information

The Friends of Reading Hospital and our Tower sponsor, Diamond Credit Union, thank you for registering for the Reading Hospital Road Run this coming Sunday, October 13

Here is the run-down of race day details you need to know:


Scottish Rite Cathedral
430 S. 7th Ave.
West Reading, PA 19611


7th Avenue between new Reading Hospital HealthPlex (T-building) and Scottish Rite Cathedral
West Reading, PA 19611


6:30am -8:00am           
Packet Pickup & Registration

  • Scottish Rite Cathedral lower level

Road closures around Race Headquarters begin

Half Marathon Pre-Race Announcements

Half Marathon Start

1-Mile Fun Run/Fitness Walk Start

5K Start

8:45am - 12:00pm     
Post-Race Celebration Party

  • Scottish Rite Cathedral lower level

5K Awards Ceremony

  • Scottish Rite Cathedral lower level

Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

  • Scottish Rite Cathedral lower level


All race parking will be in the free parking lots and parking garage bounded by 7th Avenue, N. Parkside Drive, Park Road, and Spruce Street. All participants must enter the parking area from Park Road; for GPS users, 504 S. Park Rd, Reading, PA will get you to the correct entry location. Please also follow all parking signage and volunteer directions. The parking area on 7th Avenue closest to the start/finish location is NOT open to runners and is reserved for hospital visitors only; please respect this restriction. PLEASE ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 7:50AM; AFTER THAT TIME YOU MAY EXPERIENCE PARKING DELAYS DUE TO THE 8:00AM HALF MARATHON START– DON’T GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC, COME CHEER THEM ON!


From Philadelphia and points east

Take US-422W to US-422 BUS W/Penn Ave in West Reading. Continue on US-422 BUS W/Penn Ave for 0.5 miles to S. 5th Ave. Turn left on S. 5th Ave. Continue for 0.5 miles (passing Reading Hospital to your right), and turn right on Parkside Drive North. Go 2 blocks and turn right on Park Road. Parking entrance is directly ahead on right.

From Lancaster/222N –

From US-222N, take the US-422 BUS/Penn Ave/US-422W exit toward Lebanon, and turn right onto US-422E/Penn Ave toward Wyomissing. Go 1.7 miles on Penn Ave, and turn right onto S. 5th Ave. Continue for 0.5 miles (passing Reading Hospital to your right), and turn right on Parkside Drive North. Go 2 blocks and turn right on Park Road. Parking entrance is directly ahead on right.


Race bib/packet pickup for all events will open at 6:30am on Sunday, October 13, in the lower level of the Scottish Rite Cathedral building. Bib pickup will close at 8:00am.

5K runners will wear light blue bibs, Half Marathon runners will wear orange bibs, and 1 Mile participants will wear navy blue bibs. Special thanks to our t-shirt sponsor, Stevens & Lee/Griffin for this year’s race shirts!


For your friends - Registration will remain open now through race morning at 8:00am; in addition to signing up online (credit card only), registration computers will be set up in the registration area (cash or credit, no checks). Pricing is $80 for half marathon, $35 for 5K, and $10 for 1 mile. If you want to change races on race morning, there is no discount to switch from Half Marathon to 5K, but a cost of $45 will be charged to those upgrading from 5K to Half. 



The course maps for the Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile events are available online here. There is approximately 150 feet of elevation gain in the 5K, and about 500 feet of elevation gain throughout the half marathon.

Water Stations

The 5K race will have one water station at approximately Mile 1.2. The Half Marathon will pass five water stations along the course, at approximately Miles 3.5, 5.6, 7.4, 9.6, and 11.3. Each aid station will have water and Gatorade. Water stations 3, 4, and 5 will have GU energy gels. All of our water station and course volunteers are there to help you succeed. Please thank them for their assistance!


All courses will be marked on the ground with brightly colored arrows at all turns (5K – yellow; Half – pink; 1-mile - blue), and with signage in certain critical locations. Volunteers will be located at most turns, but pay attention to course markings. Mile markers will be placed for both the 5K and Half Marathon.

Vehicle Traffic on Course

Many course roadways WILL REMAIN OPEN TO TRAFFIC during the race, with police control at key intersections. Except when specifically directed otherwise by the location of marking arrows on the ground or volunteer instructions, runners should run on their left side of the road facing traffic. Runners should exercise caution, be aware of their surroundings at all times, and follow all volunteer and police directions.

Time Cutoffs

The cutoff time for Half Marathon runners is 3 hours 30 minutes (11:30am). After that time, no on-course support will be present, and any runners who continue past the cutoff time do so at their own risk.

Strollers, Pets, Music Devices

For your safety, strollers and pets are explicitly prohibited during the 5K and Half Marathon events. We strongly discourage the use of personal music devices during the race. 


There will be portable toilets at the Start/Finish area, as well as at every water station on the course.


The 5K and half marathon events are being chip timed by 2L Race Services, using the Jaguar disposable chip timing system. The chip is affixed to your race bib; do not rip the race chip off the back of the bib. Race bibs must be attached to the front of your shirt or outermost layer of clothing so that the bib is visible. When crossing the timing line (start and finish), be sure the race bib is clearly visible and that nothing including arms and hands, is in front of race bib. This may obstruct the signal from the race chip as well as obstruct the view for the race officials. The timing chips work on the same technology as EZ-Pass with line of sight; if you block the antennas from seeing your bib with hands, water bottle, etc. your chip might not register and your time could be missing.


We encourage all runners and their families to join us in the Scottish Rite Cathedral’s lower level for our Post-Race Celebration, sponsored by PATHS, LLC! There will be a variety of food and beverage offerings generously donated by local businesses! And visit the Sly Fox refreshment zone to redeem your free beverage ticket (ID may be required)!

Awards ceremonies will be held at approximately 9:30am for the 5K and 10:30am for the Half Marathon.


Many of you have already formed teams, but we want to remind you all about our team competition for both the 5K and 1/2 Marathon. In each of those races, we have awards for the first place team in each of the following categories: Male, Female, Community/Coed, and Tower Health Employees (Coed). Teams will be scored by cross country style scoring, with the top 3 runners on each team for that event scoring points. All team runners are also eligible for individual awards. 


Finally, none of this would be possible without our generous local sponsors. We extend our thanks to them, and ask that you support those with businesses in our community! Check out the complete list here!



REGISTER NOW for our annual half marathon, 5k and 1-mile Fun run

Sunday, October 13, 2019

All proceeds benefit programs funded by The Friends of Reading Hospital including HeartSAFE Berks County. To date, they have donated more than 550 AED’s to Berks County schools, first responders, sports arenas, malls and nonprofit organizations.

 In October 2015 The Friends donated 102 AEDs to local schools to replace expired units.  The Friends of Reading Hospital have placed AED’s in the high schools, middle/junior high schools, and are working on fulfilling the needs of the elementary schools in the coming year.  

Questions? Please call 484-628-8477 or email

TOWER SPONSOR:  Located throughout Reading and Pottstown PA,  Diamond Credit Union  provides checking & savings accounts, loans, lines of credit, & other financial solutions.

TOWER SPONSOR: Located throughout Reading and Pottstown PA, Diamond Credit Union provides checking & savings accounts, loans, lines of credit, & other financial solutions.