Bucks County runners enjoy some of the most scenic landscapes in America, including the picturesque Delaware Canal. Just a couple months back in April 2011, runners from across Bucks County tackled Tyler State Park for the Bucks County Half Marathon & 5k and leading up to race day, Bucks Happening gave newbie-racers some training & race-day nutrition tips. Well, get out your sneakers because it’s time to start training for a FULL marathon, another chance to experience Bucks County running at its best. On November 20th, 2011 at 9am, Bucks will host the 1st annual Bucks Marathon along the canal.
The course is out-and back along the historic Delaware Canal State Park towpath trail from Yardley north through New Hope Pennsylvania, returning to Yardley. Built in 1832, the tow path is narrow in some sections, requiring single file travel. The towpath has several mule bridge underpasses with low clearance. There are 24 bridge underpasses along the course, for a total of 48 underpassings. Warning: Tall people will feel the need to duck!
Field will be limited to 500 participants in order to reduce crowding on the Delaware Canal State Park towpath so make sure to register early! In order to reduce congestion, the Bucks County Marathon will employ a wave start with small groups based on seed times will be released over a ten minute period. Honesty with times is key in ensuring a smooth race.
Family and friends can drive to several locations along the course to cheer runners on. More information will be published in advance of the race.