Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Runner's World at the Steel Stacks and a Wedding?

If you haven't read the first part of our visit at the Runner's World Headquarters you can read that here. The second part of our Runner's World trip consisted of going to the race location.  I didn't realize that the location of the race was not near the Runner's World Headquarters.  We had to drive about 20 minutes away.  This brought us to the historic Bethlehem Steel Stacks.

 The steel stacks are the backdrop for finish of  the Runner's World  5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. The steel stacks are no longer used, but Bethlehem has done a great job with revitalizing the area.

There is a very nice complex built around the steel stacks. It consists of an ArtsQuest Center ( which is an art gallery and entertainment venue), the Sands Resort and Casino, and the Sands Shopping Outlet.

It just so happened that the place that films Sesame Street was also located in this complex so we had to stop in and check it out.

When we were walking our way back to the parking lot, we started to hear some music and then I looked off towards one of the buildings and saw a bridal party all getting their pictures taken.

The bride and groom were using the old steel stacks as a backdrop to their wedding photos. The steel stacks are a great historic site, but not something I pictured being in wedding photos, but hey, to each his own. We later found out that it is quite common in this area to get wedding photo's done in front of the stacks.

I thought the music that we heard was for the bridal party, but it turns out that it was coming from the stage. They were setting up for Friday night's concert.  This is also the location of the annual Bethlehem Music Fest!  I believe this area is where some of the post race activities will be taking place for the Runner's World Festival.

Although not as exciting as visiting the Runner's World building, it was pretty cool learning about a place I didn't even know existed.

Here is a brief video from Runner's World that shows the course/ area better than what I could in these pictures.

Thanks for reading.  ~M

Have you ever visited a place you knew nothing about?


  1. I'm thoroughly enjoying your Runners World experience girls. (You should return to Bethlehem during the holidays!!)

    1. Thanks for reading. I did hear that Bethlehem is called the Christmas city in PA. I should check it out!

  2. Those Steel Stacks look really cool, and it's so awesome that you got to see inside Runner's World like that!

    1. Thanks for reading Lauren. At first I thought the Steel stacks were pretty creepy looking, but the complex is really nice.

  3. Too bad you didn't ask Mark Remy to pose with his "Race Face" on! LOL