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Join a small field along a more quaint, quieter journey up and then downstream through nature
Portions of the proceeds will benefit the parks and groups volunteering along the course

Registration for the 2014 Bucks County Marathon and “BUCKY” are now open!

The "BUCKY" 
In addition to the Delaware Canal Half Marathon- we have added an additional test of endurance.  The "Bucky" is a race to complete 39.3 miles in one weekend- participants that register for the Bucky (at a discounted rate!) will run the Delaware Canal Half Marathon on Saturday, November 15th and the Bucks County marathon on Sunday, November 16th.  Participants that complete the Bucky within the course time limits will receive an exclusive prize for their hard work!
click here to enter the BUCKS COUNTY MARATHON

Event Information:

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014

Packet Pick-up/ Registration: 8:00am

First Wave: 9:00am

Location: The race will start and finish in Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.


Field Limit:

The runner field will be limited to 500 participants.



This is a rain or shine event. In the event or rain, canal towpath may be muddy.


Boston Qualification:

The race is sanctioned by USATF and the course certified, which means it will be Boston Qualifier eligible.



There is limited free parking at Washington Crossing Historic Park, please consider carpooling and arrive early.



In order to reduce crowding on the Delaware Canal State Park towpath, the Bucks County Marathon will employ a wave start. Small groups based on seed times will be released over a ten minute period. Please be honest with your seed times. Incorrect times make travel on along the Canal towpath more difficult.


The Course:

The course is out-and back along the historic Delaware Canal State Park towpath trail from Washington Crossing Historic Park north through New Hope, Pennsylvania, turning around the Virginia Forrest area, returning to Washington Crossing Historic Park. The course will loop through the Thompson Mill behind the Thompson Neeley House, continuing north on the towpath. Runners will cross Main Street at the south end of Main Street, New Hope, PA, travel up a flight of stairs returning them to the towpath. The first and last 1.2 miles and a half mile at the 6 and 20 mile marks are on paved surface. There will be signs at each mile mark.

Built in 1832, the tow path is narrow in some sections, requiring single file travel. The towpath has several camelback bridge underpasses with low clearance. Taller people may feel the need to duck under a few of them. There is also a flight of steps at just past the 8 Mile mark you will also descend at near the 18 mile mark.


Hydration/ Aid Stations:

There will be 14 station hydration station locations with EaglesPeak water and sports replacement drinks. Seven stations each way, out-and-back along the course.

Overlook (miles 2.1 and 24.1),

River Road at Stoney Run Aqueduct (miles 3.4 and 22.8)

Thompson Neeley Loop (miles 5.7 and 20.5)

Odette's (miles 7.95 and 18.25)

202 Bridge (miles 9.8 and 16.4)

Centre Bridge Inn (miles 11.6 and 14.6)

Virginia Forrest (miles 12.9 and 13.3)


Time Limit:

We will impose a six and one half hour time limit on the course. Aid stations will be closed at a 6.5 hour pace plus the time last starter crossed the starting line. The turnaround will be disassembled at 12:25pm. We respectfully suggest that you wear a watch to assist with pacing.



The race will be timed using ChronoTrack "B" (bib) chips.

Results will be posted to the results and photos page within 24 hours of the event.



Overall awards will be given to top three men and women and top three in age groups by gender. Age groups are subject to change dependent on pre-registration.

We will conduct a ceremony for the top three men and women finishers after a cool down period for those finishers. We will post age group results approximately 15 minutes after categories close out. You should collect your award after age group awards are posted; we will not be mailing awards.



A commemorative event shirt will be given to all pre-registered runners and to late registrants while supplies last. Finisher's medals will be given to those that earn them.  Sneak peeks of the event shirt and medal will be released closer to the race date.

Post race food will be provided by Gabriel II's Pizzeria. Please be advised that food is for runners only- we may not be able to accommodate specific dietary needs.



Family and friends have the ability to drive to several locations along the course to spectate and cheer. There are areas of the course we will ask them to not travel to, as the locations have limited space.  Spectator details will be provided closer to the race date.


In Case of Emergency:

We encourage you to carry your cell phone. We will publish a medical emergency phone number prior to the race.



Portions of the proceeds will benefit groups along the race course including Friends of the Delaware Canal State Park, Friends of Washington Crossing Park and area High School Cross Country teams that support our aid stations.


Refund and Transfers:

Registrations for runBUCKS events are non-refundable and there are no transfers to another runner. Please see for full policy details.

Click Here for the 2013 Bucks County Marathon Runners' Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE mapmyrun course map


YouTUBE tour of the new Start/Finish area of the Bucks County Marathon, Delaware Canal 20 Miler and Bucks County 5K with Bill Rodgers

YouTUBE video of Bill Rodgers near the 6 and 20 Mile marks of the Bucks County Marathon

YouTUBE video of the steps at the 8 and 18 mile marks of the Bucks County Marathon ( 8 and 12 of the 20 Delaware Canal 20 Miler )