CHASING THE UNICORN, presented by the producers of the Bucks County Marathon Series, is a one-time only event specifically created to provide runners with a last minute opportunity to qualify, or improve their qualifying time for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
This is a rain or shine event. In the event or rain, canal towpath may be muddy. The course will be a double loop of the Bucks County Marathon Series ALTERNATIVE HALF MARATHON course.
The course is certified and USATF sanctioned, making it eligible for Boston Qualification. This event is specifically designed for individuals close to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Below are the 2014 qualifying standards. There will be a five and one half hour time limit on the course, Aid stations will be closed at a 5.5 hour pace plus the time last starter crossed the starting line.
The runner field will be limited to 300 participants. In order to reduce crowding on the Delaware Canal State Park towpath. CHASING THE UNICORN 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 for everyone involved.
The race will be timed using ChronoTrack chip timing, and there will be split mats along the course. The course will have mile markers. Due to the wave start, we respectfully suggest that you wear a watch to assist you in maintaining pace.
Awards will be presented to the top three men and women and in these age groups: 18-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & older.
Finishers medals will be given to those that earn them. The race website is WWW.RUNBUCKS.COM. Links to MapMyRun maps, YouTube video tours of portions of the course and a Runners Guide will be shared in advance of the event. Family and friends are invited to spectate and cheer along the course- more information will be published in the Runners Guide.
We request your attendance at our Saturday, August 17th evening barbecue at Washington Crossing Park following the Washington Crossing 15K. We welcome you to pick up your race packet, review the start/ finish area and carb load with us!
Packet pick-up and dinner will be served at 5:45pm; CHASING THE UNICORN will begin at 7:15am on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Picking your packet up Saturday evening at the Washington Crossing 15K barbeque will greatly reduce the race morning stress on you and on our race staff. RACE DAY REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICK UP BEGINS AT 6:15AM HOTEL and TRAVEL INFORMATION PENDING INFORMATION AND DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The course will be a double running of the course for THE ALTERNATOVE HALF MARARTHON