Allentown Parkway

“This program and the volunteers are amazing. Thankful to have been part of it!!! Thank you for volunteering to help so many women to make a positive change in their life. The program had a major impact on my life!!.” – Trish H


March 24/25, 2020 through May 26/27, 2020

As you know, COVID-19 has hit the United States and the number of cases is growing rapidly. We have been monitoring national, state, and local directives. Most recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, including sporting events. First Strides falls under this category. To that end, First Strides Spring 2020 is cancelled. While we have a no refund policy, we are working out details to make this as fair and equitable to all parties during this challenging outbreak. We ask for your patience as we finalize information. Please be well and stay healthy!


July 28/29 through September 29/30

We host 2 workshops in the fall at the Lehigh Parkway. We meet in the evening from July 28/29 through September 29/30 starting promptly at 6:15 pm each night. You may select Tuesday night, Wednesday night or both.

Cost: $50 (early-bird specials $45 until July 25) for single night. $90 (early-bird specials $85 until July 25) for both nights. Fee includes literature and graduation shirt (if earned by attending 7 out of 10 sessions) Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable between people or programs.

Goal Event

Women’s 5K Classic in the Parkway on October 3. Registration for the Women’s 5K Classic is separate and in addition to First Strides. For more information and registration costs, visit the Women’s 5K Classic website.


Registration for the First Strides summer/fall program can be done through RunSignUp and will be available later in the summer.


Click on the map or this link to open Google Maps to customize your directions.

First Strides Map

GPS: 1600 Park Drive, Allentown PA 18103

From Rt 22 (East or West):(2.8 Miles to Parkway) Exit South on 15th St Toward Allentown, Pass YMCA on left, cross over open bridge, go thru next stop light. Just over the hill (there will be a 5-way intersection) make a 90 degree right turn into the parkway (middle road) and follow road to end.  You’ll see mentors with signs and flags to help you park.

From Rt. 78 (East or West):(1.5 Miles to Parkway) Exit and go north on Lehigh St toward Allentown for one mile then turn left onto Jefferson / 15th St at Traffic Light at Parkway Shopping Center. Go 1/4 mile and (at 5-way intersection) make a 90 degree left into Parkway (middle road) and follow road to end. You’ll see mentors with signs and flags to help you park.

Printable Directions


For more information contact us : or call Michelle Sames at 610-398-8532.