Texas > MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay
Dallas, TX • Sunday, December 8, 2013 • Course Map
More than 14,000 runners, walkers, joggers and wheelchair competitors crossed the finish line at the 2012 running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay, which takes the field of participants right through the heart of the city and around White Rock Lake Park, one of the city's largest and most popular municipal parks and home to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden.
Well over half of the total number of participants ran the half marathon -- just over 9,800 -- which gives an indication of the 13.1-mile event's growing popularity for the White Rock race, which also was joined by the Mayor's Run 5K last year. (The race was formerly titled the Dallas White Rock Marathon, and was named the "MetroPCS Dallas Marathon" in 2012.)
All three races are open to runners, walkers and wheelchair participants, and start in downtown Dallas just blocks from the race finish, along Main Street. From there, the field runs along a course run on paved surfaces throughout and marked by mostly flat and fast route in the first half, followed by a slow but steady elevation gain in the second half to the peak around the mile 9 marker, after which the race then follows a very gradual descent on the way back to the finish line.
The half-marathon course doesn't actually make it around White Rock Lake (only those running the full marathon and the 5-person relay run the section of the course that circles the lake), but the route is still highly scenic nonetheless. Following a clockwise, out-and-back loop through the city, the course takes runners through or past a number of smaller city parks, including Robert E. Lee Park, Lakeside Park and Prather Park, as well as through the tony neighborhood of Highland Park, whose stately homes and neatly manicured, tree-lined streets make for a refreshing change of pace from the downtown areas earlier in the race.
After sharing the course for the nearly the first eight miles of the race, the half-marathoners split off from those running the full, 26.2-mile marathon between miles 8 and 9, turning off Airline Avenue onto McCommas Boulevard for a long straightway that takes them just over a mile eastward to Matilda Street. The field then follows Matilda all the way south down to Live Oak Street, turning again on Live Oak and then again on Haskell for the home stretch back to Fair Park for the race finish.
For 2013, the race will serve as the Texas State Marathon Championship race in the Road Runners Club of America's nationwide running championship series.
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. 8), the average low is 40°F and the average high is 59°F.
See the race route map for the Dallas Half Marathon
$85 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2013
$100 between August 1 - September 30
$110 between October 1 - December 1
$125 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2013 running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or 5-person Relay, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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