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2014 Chasing the Unicorn Runners Guide


Event Information:

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Packet Pick-up/ Registration: 6:15am

First Wave: 7:15am

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

Field Limit:

The runner field will be limited to 300 participants.

Early Packet Pick Up and Pasta Party

Race packets may be picked up early, the evening before the race (Saturday, August 16th) at the race site between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  At that time, we will be hosting our Washington Crossing 15k.  We encourage out of town runners and their families to join us for this event as an opportunity to explore the area and become familiar with the terrain.  An informal pasta dinner will be available to the Chasing the Unicorn runners at time.


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 a double out-and back along the historic Delaware Canal State Park towpath trail from Washington Crossing Historic Park north to the southern edge of New Hope, Pennsylvania, turning around near Che Odette's, returning to the starting line in Washington Crossing Historic Park, and returning to Che Odette's and finishing at the same starting line. The first and last half miles and a half mile of each lopp are on paved surface. The ermainded of the loop is packed crushed argulite (think cinder high school track surface) There will be signs at each mile mark of the first loop and ".1 marks" on the second loop.

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.


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.


the RUNNERS WORLD online article announcing the 2013 Chasing the Unicorn Marathon

Chasing the Unicorn's course will be a double running of the out-and-back Alternative Half Marathon course

The USATF Certification number for the Chasing the Unicorn course is #PA13037WB

MapMyRun version of course


Certification Number: PA13037WB