2021 Chasing the Unicorn Marathon & Alternative Half Marathon

Sun September 12, 2021 Directions
Events

ALTERNATIVE HALF MARATHON

7:30AM EDT - 10:44AM EDT

CHASING THE UNICORN MARATHON

7:30AM EDT - 1:14PM EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.runbucks.com/.

Place
Valley of Concentration Parking Lot
Description

THE DCNR HAS ROLLED BACK OUR REGISTRATION CAP TO THE NORMAL 500 COMBINED PARTICIPANTS

*We did allow deferrals due to the COVID situation in 2020 and the deferrals had two weeks to opt in to the 2021 race

THIS RACE WAS ORIGINALLY SET UP TO HELP PEOPLE BQ, FOR THAT REASON WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLY FAST CUT-OFF TIME. THE MARATHON COURSE CLOSES AT 5HOURS 30 MINUTES. THE HALF MARATHON COURSE CLOSES AT 3hours15 minutes.

According to FindMyMarathon.com: 

The Chasing the Unicorn Marathon was the 135th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 470th largest in 2019.

Last year 51.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 27.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2019.

This gives the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon the 3rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 19th highest percentage in 2019.

WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT THE REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR BAA BOSTON MARATHON 2022 WILL BE. 

So here are the changes to expect:
We're going to ask that you not bring spectators...

We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC/State Government/ RRCA for group activities. We expect all participants to comply with those same guidelines. Our permits hinge on that compliance.
We're not going to have people manning hydration stations, We will have hands-free refilling where the stations were. We ask that you plan on carrying hydration.
We may have an open door with privacy blinds for toilets situation (a maze outside the toilet), no door to touch, AND improved ventilation. As always, please don't hover!

REMEMBER WE WERE AMONG THE FEW EVENTS THAT WERE ALLOWED TO BE HELD IN 2020

We will attempt to hold an awards ceremony during the event. We expect you'll continue to maintain the mitigation protocol during the process.

The awesome post race meals we are known for may have to be box lunches.

New policy for new entrants:
if race is postponed or cancelled registration fee will be good for a credit on entry fees or merchandise for two years from race date.

The singlet will be colored "Command Gold" this time.
We will offer CrackedBell singlets for sale on the runBUCKS.com merchadise page until July 15 if you'd like the shirt but don't want to race.

CHASING THE UNICORN MARATHON

was created as a last chance for runners to qualify for the Boston Marathon or improve their current seed times.

We ask that participants expect to be within ten minutes of their BQ times.

THE CHASING THE UNICORN MARATHON COURSE TIME LIMIT IS 5 HOURS 10 MINUTES

The Chasing the Unicorn Marathon is a double out-and-back course and runs concurrently with

The Alternative Half Marathon

Course: from Washington Crossing Historic Park along the Delaware Canal towpath (Delaware Canal State Park) to the south end of New Hope Pennsylvania and back. Course is concurrent with the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon, we ask that slower participants in the half marathon stay in single file and allow faster runners on their second lap of the Marathon to pass. 

IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE THE POTENTIAL FOR BQ QUALIFIERS IN THE CHASING THE UNICORN MARATHON

THE TIME LIMIT FOR THE ALTERNATIVE HALF MARATHON WILL BE 3hrs15min

RACES START AT 7:30AM

THE DCNR WILL ALLOW THE RACE TO RUN IF BUCKS COUNTY IS IN THE GREEN PHASE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW CURRENT GUIDELINES TO HELP GET US THERE.

GREEN PHASE WILL LIMIT OUR PERMIT TO A TOTAL OF 250. That number includes Staff, Volunteers, Participants and Spectators. For that reason we respectfully ask that your spectators stay home this time.

We will update Pick-Up procedures as the race gets closer. To reduce touchpoints, we anticipate using a hands free filling station for water, with no volunteers. Please plan on carrying your own hydration, with refill locations along the course.

 

We will again implement the single person, in seeded time order, start. It took lest than 12 minutes for everyone to get running in our fall 2020 races..

SATURDAY PACKET PICK-UP WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR. LOCATION: TBA

As the planning for the 2021 are still a bit dynamic, please consult last year's Runners Guide, located for download in the tabs to your left.

THERE ARE PARTS OF THE COURSE WE ASK YOU TO TAKE YOUR EARPHONES OUT For your safety and the safety of all park users, and taking them out let's volunteers know you can hear them and the potential hazards 

WE DON'T OFFER DISCOUNT CODES. We like to offer everyone the lowest prices we can. The earlier you register the more you save. Let's face it those other races are artificially inflating their fees so they can track where you found out about their event, and that data is often flawed.

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS or TRANSFERS. FOR DEFERRAL INFORMATION SEE runBUCKS.com policy page.

Should the race be rescheduled or cancelled you will be given a credit, good for two years towards future runBUCKS events or merchandise. We will also offer the 2020 for sale at that point, to reduce our costs and remove clutter from storage.:

Packet Pick-Up info TBD

Sunday, September 12, 2020 7:30am first starter

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE 2020 RUNNERS GUIDE for now! IT WILL ANSWER LOCATION and COURSE , WHERE TO PARK AND WHERE NOT TO PARK!

DOWNLOAD IT HERE: https://runsignup.com/Race/2018ChasingtheUnicornAlternativeHalfMarathon/Page/RunnersGuide

DEADLINE FOR CRACKEDBELL SINGLET IS JULY 15, 2021 

PARTNER HOTEL: HAMPTON INN NEWTOWN, PA 2021 RESERVATION LINK TO COME

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