Sunday, December 14, 2014 • Dallas, TX • Course Map
More than 14,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line two years ago in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon & Half Marathon, which features a completely redesigned course for its 2014 running, thanks to construction projects that will impact parts of previous years’ courses.
The overwhelming majority of this race’s finishers come in the half marathon — more than 9,800 at its last running in 2012, as the 2013 race had to be cancelled due to weather. For this year’s race, participants will have 4 hours to complete their 13.1 miles.
Both the full marathon and the half share the same starting line in downtown Dallas, which moves from where it started two years ago on Main Street, near Dealey Plaza to the intersection of Young and Griffin Streets, across from Pioneer Plaza, the home of the city’s famous Cattle Drive sculpture, which commemorates the cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail back in the 1800s.
From there, the course unfolds along a very gradual uphill for the first few miles, through the Baylor University Medical Center campus and the Old East Dallas neighborhood. After that, runners head northwest along Washington Avenue, Caddo Street and Lemmon Avenue, before turning right onto Turtle Creek Boulevard.
After that, the next couple of miles keep runners alongside Turtle Creek, and once they pass the mile 5 marker the course begins another gradual uphill stretch that climbs about 160 feet over the next four miles. This section, through Dallas’s ritzy Highland Park neighborhood, is where the peak elevation of the half marathon course occurs, on Longview Street between miles 7 and 8.
Once they pass the mile 8 marker, it’s (almost) all downhill from there. Long Stretches along Greenville Avenue, Munger Boulevard, Columbia Avenue and Main Street are followed by the home stretch along Canton and Young Streets, back in to the finish line near Pioneer Plaza and the cattle drive.
Race Weather & Climate
Moderately cool to mild (and sometimes cold) conditions are the norm in the Dallas metro area in the late fall/early winter season, when the weather is typically at its most pleasant time of the year for the local area.
In December, temperatures range between 39°F and 57°F, while precipitation amounts average around 2.53 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Dec. 14), the average low is 39°F and the average high is 58°F.
- 2012 Dallas Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Dallas Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Dallas Half Marathon Results
- $105 for the half marathon, if registered by September 30, 2014
- $110 between October 1 – 31
To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2014 running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or 5-person Relay, register online at imATHLETE here.
Official Race Website
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