Pennsylvania > Bucks County Half Marathon
Newtown, PA • Sunday, April 13, 2014 • Course Map
Nestled among the hills of eastern Pennsylvania, just a short drive north from downtown Philadelphia, lie the forests, meadows and trails of Tyler State Park, which plays host to the 5th annual running of the Bucks County Half Marathon in the early spring of 2014.
Described by runners who've completed the race in the past as challenging with plenty of hills, the half marathon follows an out-and-back loop course through the park that starts and finishes along Stable Mill Road. From there, runners head out on what is roughly a counter-clockwise loop through the park, along the park roads and over a bridge crossing in the early miles through the stretch that follows the meandering Neshaminy Creek, which runs through the park.
Runners follow the trail as it winds along the creek down to Main Park Road, where they turn left and head onto the road and follow it as it winds around northward and westward back into the park. After the early miles through wooded forest areas, this stretch features more wide-open views of the meadows and rural fields inside the 1,700-acre park, which once was a working farm owned by the Tyler family, whose estate now serves as the administration buiding for Bucks County Community College.
The course then follows the Main Park Road back over the bridge across the creek and then turns for the stretch up to Twining Ford Road. Runners turn right here and then begin the section of the race that forms the double loop portion -- while they only make the run along the creek and Main Park Road once, the course will take runners over this stretch twice, bringing them around the northern section of the park and back onto Twining Ford Road, and then south along College Park Trail back to the starting and finish line area.
Once runners make their way back to the start, they run through and then start the second loop, which brings them all the way back up and around Twining Ford and the northern reaches of the park for a second time. The course terrain is paved on trails and park roads over the entire route, but runners should expect plenty of hills, organizers say.
The course is walker-friendly, organizers note -- you'll need to keep a pace of 20 minutes per mile or faster to finish within the course time limit.
Weather & Climate
Located in eastern Pennsylvania, roughly 30 miles north of Philadelphia and just miles from the state line dividing Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Newtown typically experiences mostly cool to moderately warm weather in the early spring.
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See the race route map for the Bucks County Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by September 30, 2013
$66 between October 1 - December 30
$70 between January 1 - February 24, 2014
$74 between Feb. 25 - March 30
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2014 running of Newtown's Bucks County Half Marathon, register online at EventBrite.com.
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