Low Bridge, Everybody Down

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…”

ADDENDUM

(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
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