Texas > The Texas Half & 5K
Dallas, TX • Saturday, January 28, 2012 • Course Map
Set to mark its 10th annual running in 2012, The Texas Half
& 5K is one of several Dallas half-marathon running events --
including the Dallas
White Rock Marathon & Half Marathon,
the DRC Half
Marathon and the Hottest
Half -- that
take participants in and around the park surrounding White Rock Lake,
the 1,015-acre lake that sits just a few miles from the city's center
and is one of its most popular places for residents to walk, jog, run,
bike, swim, hike and otherwise enjoy the outdoors.
Like the other local road races that use White Rock Lake as their
course, the race is fast and almost entirely flat throughout its 13.1
miles, which start and finish at Winfrey Point, on the eastern side of
the water. From there, runners follow a clockwise loop around the lake,
running along Lawther Drive for much of the race but also venturing out
into adjacent residential areas like the Lakewood neighborhood on the
lake's western side.
Once they reach the second half of the race, along the western and
northern sides of the lake, runners -- as well as walkers, as the race
is open to both -- will leave the lakeshore for a couple of miles as
West Lawther Drive takes the field into the Norbuck Park area, which
lies at the northern end of the lake. The course follows Lawther to the
turn onto the East Northwest Highway for a brief stretch, and then
turns back onto East Lawther Drive for the start of the final third of
the race toward the finish.
The course continues to wind along the eastern shore of the lake along
East Lawther, with some gentle rolling hills here and there but no
significant changes in elevation and nothing too taxing or challenging.
Due to the time of year the race is run, most of the trees are usually
bare and much of the vegetation is in its winter state, which means
that runners will have much more expansive views of the lake and the
areas around the park as they run.
The race starts at 8:00 AM and runners will have four hours to complete the course, which means
that both they and those walking the race will need to keep a pace of
at most 18 minutes per mile -- which also means "no long stops," say
Weather & Climate
Wintertime weather conditions are usually mild to cool in the Dallas
metro area, and occasionally get quite cold with some (very) occasional freezing rain
and/or snow. In January, average monthly temperatures range between 55°F and
36°F, while precipitation amounts average about 1.89 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Jan. 28), the average high is 56°F and the average low is 37°F.
View the race route map for the Texas Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by November 5, 2011
$60 between Nov. 6 - January 22, 2012
$65 between Jan. 23 and the day of the race
To sign up for the winter 2012 running of The Texas Half or 5K, register
online at SignMeUp.com.
Official Race Website
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