Location: Bethlehem, PA US 18017
Type: Run or Run/Walk, Walk Only
Event Time Price Details
NAMI LV 5K RACE for Mental Illness
9:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT
NAMI LV WALK for Mental Illness
9:20AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT
Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township
5450 Liberto Lane
Bethlehem, PA US 18017

The annual NAMI Lehigh Valley 5K Race & Walk for Mental Illness will occur on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 5450 Liberto Lane, Bethlehem, PA 18017 (This is not Bicentennial Park in Allentown!). It should be a beautiful fall day!

9.22.17  RACE COURSE CHANGE due to hazardous trail conditions. The 5K race is on now on flat paved roads open to traffic in a suburban area and paved trails in the park. There is a water station at about the half-way mark. NAMI Lehigh Valley apologizes for this inconvenience. Runners' safety is our biggest concern.

Prizes for first place female and male runners and for top runners in each age bracket, female and male: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70-79, 80 and above.  Winners also receive the area's only EDIBLE medals from Custom Cookies by Elizabeth! Participants receive T-shirts (till they last) and tickets for a basket raffle; Johnny's Bagels, fruit, and coffee before and after the race; and hot dogs (regular and vegetarian options) & chips afterward. Enjoy live music, a playground and grassy area for children, and restrooms. No strollers, bikes, or runners under age 14 for the race, but they are welcome for the Walk. Race day registration is available-- $30.00 cash or check only. If you wish for your registration fee to benefit the Vivek Ananthan Youth Initiative, please state this in a note to the Race Director using the "Race Contact Info"  button.  

Walkers have a separate, shorter course for their non-competitive walk on a paved path in the park. Walkers register online as well. Participants receive tickets for a basket raffle. The walk is free; a $5 donation is appreciated but not required to help cover the cost of the T-shirt.

The guaranteed shirt date has passed. Shirts now available as long as they last. 

We're trying something new! Individual participant fundraising is not required, but it is appreciated. Runners, if you agree to raise $50 by September 17, your race registration fee will be waved at checkout! Walkers may become fundraisers also.

Registration fees and donations stay in the Lehigh Valley to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. Visit for more information about NAMI Lehigh Valley, a grassroots nonprofit mental health organization. Register by September 8 to guarantee a shirt!


Photos of the event

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Thank you! 

Connie Yaqub

Race Director


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Directions to Event--NOTE CHANGE!!

Directions to Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township, 5450 Liberto Lane, Bethlehem, PA 181017, East entrance.

The correct Bicentennial Park is in Bethlehem, not Allentown. Follow directions below.

IMPORTANT: Construction closes Dogwood Road. New directions: From Hwy 22, go north on Airport Rd (Hwy. 987) about 3.0 miles to Snowdrift Dr. Turn left onto Snowdrift at the light, then left onto Colony Dr. Go about 5 blocks to the stop sign at Hanover Street. Go right onto Hanover Street. Turn left onto Liberto Lane into the park. We're in the pavilion in the tree grove. 

If you enter the park via the west entrance instead via Colony Drive and Park West Lane, stay to the right in parking lot and continue driving to the farthest parking lot. Cross the path and walk to the pavilion surrounded by trees, near the restrooms.