Marathon to return to Northampton
The Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor Marathon/Half Marathon event will return to the borough for a third consecutive year.
Northampton Borough Council approved the event for Nov. 3.
Last year, hundreds of runners participated in the run, which concludes in Carbon County.
The fundraising event was nearly discontinued last year due to complaints from residents living along Canal Street. Last year, however, the location of the start was changed and this resulted in better management of the event.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said race organizers did a good job of putting the race together.
The starting line will be at the intersection of Smith Lane and Horwith Drive. Runners will then proceed west to Laubach Avenue where they will turn south and run to Canal Street. They will go north on Canal Street, hugging the borough's Canal Park before continuing on 21st Street (Route 329), west across the Cementon Bridge and then north on the Delaware & Lehigh Trail.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. asked whether the run would interfere with the Sunday morning church services on Newport Avenue. Zarayko said the timing of the event should not cause any traffic or other issues with church attendees.
In other business, the Northampton Fire Department was given approval by council to hold a fundraiser coin toss on June 1 at 21st and Main streets, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The rain date will be June 8.
Council also approved the Northampton Exchange Club annual coin toss Saturday on Held Drive near Redner's Market, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the region's child abuse prevention programs.