Race Date and Start Time: The Alternative Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. The race will begin promptly at 9:00AM. Packet Pick-up: Packet pick-up will be held on race day, Sunday, September 11th, 2016 opening at 8:00am at the Start/ Finish Area of General Green Pavilion in Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pennsylvania. Registration: Online registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, September 7, 2016. TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO REGISTER TODAY! We have plenty of room for race-day registrants. The cost of race day registration will be $90.00. We do accept cash, check (please make checks payable to runBucks, LLC) Start/ Finish Area: If you plan to use a GPS to get to the park, MOST GPS WILL SEND YOU TO WASHINGTON CROSSING PARK IN NEW JERSEY, which has the same street address) WE ASSURE YOU The Bucks County Marathon series takes place entirely in Pennsylvania! We recommend you GPS the Washington Crossing Inn and follow the map below to the park entrance and park. Take the time to verify your driving instructions prior to race day (there is a Washington Crossing Park in New Jersey and you do not want to end up in the wrong place!) PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER 5 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE AND TELL US YOU ARE LOST. Washington Crossing Inn 1295 General Washington Memorial Blvd Washington Crossing, PA 18977 Parking: Please see map below for available free parking. Parking is available inside the park entrance.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS AND DO NOT DRIVE BEYOND THE PARKING LOTS There are other events in the park please do no park in other parking lots.
Diving Directions: From Interstate 95 SOUTH FROM NEW JERSEY South Take the first Pennsylvania exit: New Hope Exit 51 IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU CROSS THE DELAWARE RIVER When exiting the ramp, turn RIGHT onto Taylorsville Road toward New Hope. Follow Taylorsville Road 2.82 miles north to Route 532. There will be a traffic light and a Shell gas station at this intersection. Turn right onto Route 532. Travel on Route 532 for .55 miles to Route 32 at a four-way stop. Turn left onto Route 32. The park entrance will be on your left just past the Visitor Center. DRIVING NORTH FROM PHILADELPHIA Take Exit 51 Yardley-New Hope. This is the last exit in Pennsylvania. This exit is between the Newtown/Yardley exit and the Trenton exit. When exiting the ramp, turn left on to Taylorsville Road toward New Hope. Follow Taylorsville Road 2.72 miles north to Route 532. There will be a traffic light and a Shell gas station at this intersection. Turn right onto Route 532. Travel on Route 532 for .55 miles to Route 32 at a four-way stop. Turn left onto Route 32. The park entrance will be on your left just past the Visitor Center. From Pennsylvania Exit the turnpike at the Philadelphia exit 351 (old exit 28). From the off ramp, take Rt. 1 north, Turnpike/ Route 1 Morrisville. Continue on Rt. 1 until you see exits for I-95, exit Rt. 1 at the I-95 north exit. Take the New Hope exit 51 off I-95. (Take Exit 51 Yardley-New Hope. This is the last exit in Pennsylvania. This exit is between the Newtown/Yardley exit and the Trenton exit. When exiting the ramp, turn left on to Taylorsville Road toward New Hope. Follow Taylorsville Road 2.72 miles north to Route 532. There will be a traffic light and a Shell gas station at this intersection. Turn right onto Route 532. Travel on Route 532 for .55 miles to Route 32 at a four-way stop. Turn left onto Route 32. The park entrance will be on your left just past the Visitor Center. From Route 202 From New Jersey
Follow Rt. 202 to New Hope. Exit at Rt. 32/River Road. Continue on Rt. 32. The park entrance will be approximately 4 miles from Lurgan Road on your right. The Taylorsville/Titusville Bridge, accessible from Route 29, crosses the Delaware River between the Washington Crossing State Park, NJ and Washington Crossing Historic Park, PA. After crossing the bridge, turn right onto River Road/Route 32. The park entrance will be on your left just past the visitor center. If crossing the bridge at Lambertville, NJ, turn left onto Route 32. Continue on Route 32. The park entrance will be approximately 4 miles from Lurgan Road on your right. If crossing the bridge at Trenton/Morristown, turn right onto Route 32. Continue onto Route 32 through Yardley and cross Route 532. The park entrance will be on your left just past the visitor center.
READ THE DRIVING DIRECTIONS ABOVE READ THE DRIVING DIRECTIONS ABOVE PARK ONLY IN THE DESIGNATED LOT USE THE MAP ON THE PREVIOUS PAGE TO HELP FIND YOUR WAY
Baggage Check: If you have a vehicle parked on site, we strongly recommend you keep all of your personal belongings locked in your vehicle for safe keeping. Baggage check will be available right at the Start/ Finish area. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Volunteers: We are always in need of volunteers on the course. If you have any family or friends that would be interested in volunteering, they can VOLUNTEER HERE or please share the email below, and label the subject line “volunteering Alternative”. There are several positions and time slots available. Thank you in advance! [email protected] Head Phones: There are a few areas of the course where it will be critical for your safety, and the safety of those around you, to be able to hear instructions given by race marshals. We will have designated areas where you will be asked to temporarily remove your headphones- please remove your headphones at those times. We specifically ask that you wait until you reach the towpath before using your headphones. We also ask that headphones be removed from the spillway to the turn around and back. Runner’s Etiquette: Sections of the towpath are narrow- please stay to the right and run in single file except for passing. Remember the course is out-and-back. There will be two-way traffic on the course and the park will be open to the public throughout the race.
Timing: ChronoTrack B-Tags (bib tags) will be used for this race. ChronoTrack B-Tag instructions are simple: pin the bib to the front of your body, and do not fold it. You do not need to return the bib. The tear of tag at the bottom is a redundancy and there just in case we need it. Please do not tear it off.
Race Start: Due to the size of preregistration we will start the 2016 THE Alternative Half Marathon with one mass start. Everyone will begin at 9:00am. Weather: This event will be held in rain or shine- please be advised that wet weather may cause the towpath to be muddy. If there is a chance of electrical storm, you will be advised of alternative and evacuation plans prior to the race start. Course Information: The course is a USATF certified (USATF# PA12045WB) out-and back along the historic Delaware Canal State Park towpath trail from Washington Crossing Historic Park to just north of the Waterworks Condominiums in New Hope, PA returning to Washington Crossing Historic Park. The first and last .5 miles are on paved surface. There will be signs at each mile mark. The full course can be viewed online at:
http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/yardley-pa/runbucks-bcms-half-marathon-wchp-route-70147310 or for some course video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYdwep6OOIw Narrow Sections: Built in 1832, the tow path is narrow in some sections, requiring single file travel; please yield to the faster runners at these points. Underpasses: The towpath has several camelback bridge underpasses with low clearance. There are 7 bridge underpasses along the course, for a total of 14 under-passings. Taller people may feel the need to duck under a few of them. Turn Around: The course is set up as an out and back run. The turnaround will be just south of Chez Odette’s at the south end of New Hope. Time limitations: We will impose a three hour 20 minute time limit on the course. Hydration stations will be closed at a 14:52 mile pace plus the time the last starter crosses the starting line. The turnaround will be disassembled at 10:42am. Hydration Stations: Hydration stations will distribute water and Gatorade. Station Mile Marks Location 1 1.25 and 11.85 Overlook 2 2.6 and 10.5 Stony Run 3 4.5 and 8.6 DCNR Shed 4 6.55 Waterworks Condominiums
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Medical Information: If you have any medical information which may be important to your care in the event of an emergency, please write that information on the back of your race bib. We encourage all runners to run with their cell phones
We ask that in the event of an emergency, you call
215-802-2622 to report the incident and provide as many details as possible: Location (nearest mile mark), nature of the emergency, bib number, clothing of person(s) involved
Basic first aid supplies such as gloves, razor blades, antiseptic, Band-Aids and Vaseline will be available at all aid stations. Please do not hesitate to ask a volunteer for any of these supplies. DNF: If you decide that you would like to not complete the course, we ask that you make your way to the nearest aid station and let the Aid Station Leader know that you are done for the day. The Aid Station Leader will do their best to keep you comfortable and arrange a ride back to the start/ finish area. SPECTATORS: Spectators are welcomed to drive north on River Road to Thompson Neely House (River Road at Aquetong Road) and see their runners at the 4.8 and 8.3 mile marks. PLEASE park in the “Please don’t feed the sheep” lot. There are only (12) spaces there, DO NOT PARK IN THE GRASS, ON THE ROAD or ANY PLACE NOT A DESIGNATED PARKING SPOT The turn around (6.55 miles) is located on the towpath just south of Chez Odette’s at the south end of New Hope There is no public parking at Chez Odette’s. Please drive in to New Hope, park in appropriate spots and observe all parking regulations. You can walk south along the towpath to the turn around. Results and Photos: Links to official race results and photos will be posted online at: www.runBUCKS.com Awards: Overall awards to top three men and women and top three in these age groups* by gender: Under 20, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65 & Older *(age groups are subject to change dependent on registration)
Feedback: Please share your experience with us! We do hope you provide your feedback on what you liked, and what we can improve on. Please e-mail: [email protected]! A Note from the Race Director: We’ve done a lot of planning. We expect things to go smoothly. We do know that sometimes “things” happen. We do appreciate your understanding in the event “things” happen. Be safe out there. Take care of each other. Enjoy this!