Next Sunday (November 16) I am running the Bucks County Marathon starting in Washington Crossing, PA, then following the Delaware Canal towpath up river 13 miles and back down the same way. The runners’ guide includes this information about the course:
“The towpath has several camelback bridge underpasses with low clearance. There are 15 bridge underpasses along the course, for a total of 30 under-passings. Taller people may feel the need to duck under a few of them.”
And so I have Bruce Springsteen’s recording of Erie Canal firmly stuck in my head…
Good thing I like the song!
I had a great training run this morning in the cold, and the long range forecast looks like similar temps next weekend. I am really looking forward to it!
“Low bridge, everybody down! Low bridge, we’re comin’ into town…”
(Sunday, November 9):
I took the liberty of writing alternate lyrics just for the occasion. Everybody sing along…Delaware Canal (to the tune of Erie Canal) I got a pair of Hokas and a running pal Thirteen miles on the Delaware Canal I’m not very fast but I run anyhow Thirteen miles on the Delaware Canal We trained for months and we’re feeling fine Can’t wait to toe that starting line And run all the way to the end of the line Then from Virginia Forest to the Finish Line Low bridge, everybody down Low bridge, we’re coming to a town And you’ll maybe chase your neighbor While you’re running with a pal When you run a race on the Delaware Canal instrumental line.. Pick up your cadence; don’t throw in the towel Thirteen miles on the Delaware Canal When you wear the medal everyone will say “Wow” Another thirteen miles on the Delaware Canal Pick up your pace — don’t worry ‘bout the clock We’ll pass New Hope long before 2 o’clock Huffin’ and puffin’ and we’re almost done One more circle and the race is won Low bridge, everybody down Low bridge, we’re coming to a town You’ll maybe pass a neighbor Or fall behind your pal When you run the races on the Delaware Canal Instrumental verse We’d better pack some gels if we go too far Thirteen miles on the Delaware Canal You can bet your life I’m gonna limp to my car After 26-point-2 on the Delaware Canal A real fast runner can win the race Or take her age group & come in first place But even if you’re slow and running for a lark You’ll still wind up back here in the park Low bridge, everybody down Low bridge, ‘cause we’re coming to a town You’ll maybe beat your neighbor Or come in behind a pal When you run the race on the Delaware Canal Low bridge, everybody down Low bridge, ‘we’re coming to a town You’ll maybe beat your neighbor Or come in behind a pal When you run the race on the Delaware Canal