Race Information


Experience GREATER Reading's Premier Half Marathon, 5K, and 1-Mile Fitness Course

The Friends of Reading Hospital are excited to offer a one-of-a-kind running experience with the Reading Hospital Road Run. Participants will begin the 5K and Half Marathon at the Reading Hospital and enjoy a beautiful scenic course in the neighborhoods and parkland of the surrounding communities.

This year's race will utilize instant result timing using the Jaguar disposable chip timing system and also features high-tech wicking shirts (available while supplies last). Note: runner shirts that are not picked up by 9:00 a.m. on Sunday will be forfeited. All half marathon participants will also receive a finisher’s medal.

New this year – Runner Pace Team sponsored by Fleet Feet West Reading! We are excited to offer a much flatter half marathon course this year, and hope that many of you will be able to set a new PR in 2019! To help you reach your goals, Fleet Feet is providing pace runners with signage at each 5-minute finish time increment between 1:30 and 2:30; hop in behind one of them to achieve your ideal finish time!

Reading Hospital Road Run is a fundraiser for The Friends of Reading Hospital. No refunds will be given.


Race Details

Half Marathon*: Begins at 8:00 a.m.
5K*: Begins at 8:30 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: Begins at 8:10 a.m.

Time limit for half marathon is 3 ½ hours.  Any participant remaining on the course after 12:00 p.m. will do so at their own risk and will not be official finishers.


*NO STROLLERS, NO PETS. For your safety, we request that you do not bring anything along that could interfere with other runners on the course.

*PERSONAL MUSIC DEVICES: The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

 

Course Facts

  • Course roadways will have limited closures on the morning of the race beginning at 7:00 a.m. and are expected to reopen by Noon.

    • Note that many roadways will not be fully closed to traffic during the events so participants must pay attention to their surroundings and all directions of course officials.

  • Runners must assume responsibility.

  • Run following leads, signs and volunteer’s instructions.

  • Volunteers will be stationed along course to assist you if needed.


Parking + Resident Info

Free parking will be available for participants and spectators in the start finish area of the race at Reading Hospital.

Residents along the race route are encouraged to leave extra time if they need to travel in the race area on race morning, as limited closures or delays will be in place.


Runner Facts

  • Attach race bib to the front of your shirt or outer layer using 2 safety pins.

  • Do not rip the race chip off the back of race bib.

  • Jackets or other clothing should not be worn over top of the race bib.

  • When crossing the timing line, 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.

  • All runners/walkers will be called to the start line 5 minutes prior to race start time:

  • Walkers and slower runners please start at the back of the field to allow for a smooth start for all participants.


Runner Registration Fees

Half Marathon:

  • Now through July 14: $60

    • Military Discounted Rate: $50

  • July 15 through September 30: $70

    • Military Discounted Rate: $60

  • October 1 through October 13 (Race Day): $80

5K:

  • Now through July 14: $25

    • Military Discounted Rate: $20

  • July 15 through September 30: $30

    • Military Discounted Rate: $25

  • October 1 through October 13 (Race Day): $35

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk with NO shirt:

  • $10 - registration at this price ends 10/13/2019 at 8:00 AM.


Announcing Road Run Race Day Registration Options!

We are using the latest race technology to allow for registration the morning of the race, Sunday, October 13. We can’t guarantee a t-shirt if you don’t register by Monday, September 30, but we can guarantee you the same great experience of a scenic course and a sense of accomplishment when you cross the finish line.
 
All registration will be through our online system, whether in advance or on race day. For race day registration, you will be able to sign up at computers set up in the registration area (cash or credit, no checks please), or online with your phone (credit card only). Please note that all discount codes expire on September 30.
 
So be sure to register early for the best deal and to guarantee all Road Run perks!


Shirt Sizes

  • Men’s and Women’s sizing for short sleeve shirts

  • Youth is unisex