St. Luke’s University Health Network (St. Luke’s) and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) are partnering to bring the community a family fun initiative — Get Your Tail on the Trail! The “trail” is the nearly continuous 165-mile D&L Trail which begins in Mountaintop, PA, runs along the Lehigh River, and eventually follows the Delaware River all the way south to Bristol, PA. Go here to see a map!
By linking St. Luke’s healthy lifestyle expertise with the recreational and heritage leadership of D&L, members of our community can participate in scheduled challenges and events on their way to achieving their personal goals of health, fitness and fun.
Using St. Luke’s and D&L’s commitment to our community, our goal is to connect people to the outstanding opportunities along the D&L Trail while increasing health awareness and improving the health status of the community. This partnership provides individuals and families with nutrition and exercise programs which create and promote a culture of personal wellness and a sense of community.
Find out more about Get Your Tail on the Trail by reading these Frequently Asked Questions!
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Take the 165 Mile Challenge
The 2016 165 Mile Challenge begins May 1 and runs until November 1. You can complete the 165 Mile Challenge by walking, biking or running on your own trails while you are on vacation, at the beach, etc. We encourage you to use the D&L Trail to complete the challenge but you have the ability to track your miles manually on whatever trails you choose. Check out our Trail Tracker with additional indoor and outdoor activity options for you to track your miles!
Throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall, watch for email announcements of our events to keep you motivated, prizes to incentivize your Challenge, and opportunities to get out and learn more about history, nature and health promotion.
Go to the Events page to learn more about these fun opportunities to complete some of your miles while getting active with others enrolled in the Challenge.
Whether you walk lightly or run marathons, every mile counts! If you want to “up” your game and enhance your Challenge, try setting weekly goals.
Get out and get active. For your body… for your mind… for your health!
See you on the trail!
Every person who registers will receive a welcome letter in the mail with a Get Your Tail on the Trail car magnet.
For information on Get Your Tail on the Trail Special Events and other Get Your Tail on the Trail approved events please visit our Events page.
Join SLUHN and D&L leaders and other members of the community in a celebration of health and fitness. Come out for these fun events that include health, fitness, nature and history facts. Free giveaways, snacks and more.
What is the difference between the 165 Mile Challenge and the Special Events?
The 165 Mile Challenge is a challenge to log 165 miles of biking, walking or running.
The Special Events are held on sections of the D&L Trail closest to each of the six St. Luke’s Campuses to promote the building of a healthier community… one mile at a time. In order to have a headcount for the Special Events, we ask that you RSVP to one or more of the events by calling St. Luke’s InfoLink toll-free at 1-866-STLUKES.
|Event Date||Event Time||Event Description||Event Location||Special Note|
|May 12||6 – 7 pm||Adopt a School Team for Community Walking||Panther Valley
|Visit the St. Luke’s Panther Valley Adopt a School tab on panthervalley.org to learn more.|
Tail on the Trail Approved Events
|Event Date||Event Time||Event Description||Event Location||Special Note|
|April 30, 2016||8:30 am||Dream Live Prosper Half Marathon||SteelStacks in Bethlehem||Runners will be shuttled to the starting line beginning at 7 am.
|April 30, 2016||11 am – 3 pm||Skate Plaza Community Day 2016||Bethlehem Skate Plaza, 1325 Steel Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015||Learn more.|
May – October
|NA||Wildlands Bike & Boat Adventure||Wildlands Conservancy||Peddle, paddle and discover the fascinating nature and history of our Lehigh River.
|May 1, 2016||10 am (36 mile ride)
12:30 pm (15 mile ride)
|3rd Annual Bike for the Bridge in Jim Thorpe||D&L Trail through Lehigh Gorge: Parking at 1 Lehigh Avenue, Jim Thorpe, PA||All proceeds help defray costs for the D&L Trail pedestrian bridge at Jim Thorpe.
|May 21, 2016||8:30 am Kids Fun Run,
9 am 5K & 10K
|5th Annual Rock & Run for Kids||Coca Cola Park, 1050 Iron Pigs Way, Allentown||Learn more.|
|June 5, 2016||10 am||5th Annual Charity Bike Ride to benefit St. Luke’s Hospice||Lehighton Trailhead, 200 North Main Lane, Lehighton, PA||Learn more.|
|November 6, 2016||8 am||D&L Heritage Half Marathon Run/Walk||Start at Northern Lehigh High School, Slatington and Finish at Canal Street Park, Northampton||Both runners and walkers welcomed! Early registration discounts apply. Learn more.|
You can RSVP by contacting St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) or Info.Link@sluhn.org.
Spring 165 Mile Challenge Begins May 1
Take the 165 Mile Challenge from May 1, 2016, to November 1, 2016. Whether walking on the beautiful D&L Trail, bike riding in your neighborhood or walking on vacation, every mile counts no matter how you achieve it! Looking for more of a challenge? Try to double your distance for 330 miles or even achieve more and log 495 miles. Set weekly personal fitness goals for yourself and use the Trail Tracker to record your progress and earn incentives — in addition to a healthier you!
Get Your Tail On The Trail Wins National Recognition
Lehigh Valley, PA (5/21/2015) — Get Your Tail on the Trail, the community-based initiative geared to promoting outdoor fitness activities in a family fun environment, recently was recognized by American Trails, the national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests.
At the 2015 International Trails Symposium held May 17-20 in Portland, OR, Get Your Tail on the Trail won American Trails’ “Trails for Health Award” for recognizing a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.
The program was created in 2013 by Elissa Garofalo, Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Dr. Bonnie Coyle, St. Luke’s Director of Community Health and Kenneth Szydlow, Vice President of Marketing for St. Luke’s University Network in an effort to get families off their couches and onto ways to exercise more.
The 165 miles of scenic trails that makes up the D&L Corridor seemed a natural location in which to base a family friendly fitness initiative.
Get Your Tail on the Trail was a hit from the get-go.
The initial 165 mile challenge was launched in May 2013 with the thinking that 250 people participating in the program would mark the program as a success. In the first six months of the program, 2,455 people signed up. They logged 255,392 miles.
Further development of the program saw bike and hike outings, school field trips, barge rides, health fairs, history walks and more.
Currently, Get Your Tail on the Trail has 4,870 participants who have logged 1,124,295.62 miles.
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