Saturday, May 30, 2015 • Dallas, TX • Course Map
Get out your headlamps and your reflective gear, because you’re going to be running under the light of the Texas moon at the Moonlight Madness Half Marathon & 10K, which unfolds mostly on the trails that run alongside the Trinity River near downtown Dallas.
Runners are set to start the out-and-back race at Community Beer Company, a craft brewery that lies on Inspiration Drive just off I-35 near the Design District of downtown Dallas. From there, they’ll head first along Slocum Street to Wichita Street, where they’ll turn right and head toward the Trinity River, and cross over the Continental Avenue Bridge.
Once the field of runners make it over the river, for most of the rest of the race they’ll head onto the Trinity Skyline and Trinity Levee Trails, part of the system of city trails along the river that — when complete in a few years — will be part of a 22-mile network of running, walking and biking trails throughout Dallas.
You’ll see hundreds (maybe thousands?) of lights strapped on runners’ heads bobbing up and down along this mostly flat and paved surface route, which heads northwest along the river, then south, and then north again before bringing everyone back to the Continental Avenue Bridge and then back up to Community Beer Co. again for the race finish.
Registration will be available on race day, starting at 6:00 PM, two hours before the half marathon starts. Runners will have 4 hours to complete the race, and organizers plan to hand out glowing bracelets and a glowing necklace to every runner who takes part in the race, in case you didn’t bring your own lighting.
While water stations will be provided roughly every 1.19 miles along the course, organizers note, there won’t be food at those stations — so you’ll need to “fuel up” before the race, they add.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the banks of the Trinity River in East Texas, Dallas typically sees some of its mildest and rainiest weather of the year in May, which averages over 5 inches of rainfall and has brought record temperatures here as low as 39ºF (in 1954) and as high as 103ºF (in 1985).
On race day (May 30), the average low is 69ºF and the average high is 88ºF.
- 8:00 PM – half marathon
- 8:30 PM – 10K
- $70 for the half marathon, if registered by March 8, 2015
- $80 between March 9 – May 1
- $85 on May 2 and after
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Dallas’s Moonlight Madness Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at Mellew.com here.
Official Race Website
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