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Texas > North Trail Half Marathon
Dallas, TX  •  Sunday, May 12, 2013  •  Course Map

One of a number of local running events that feature Dallas's beautifully scenic White Rock Lake Park, the North Trail Half Marathon is one of the city's smaller road race events but also one of its most engaging, as it takes the few hundred runners who participate in the race each year on an out-and-back course along the trail that follows White Rock Creek, on a northward path out from the park up to the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway and back.

More than 400 runners crossed the finish line last year at the race, which starts and finishes at the northern end of White Rock Lake at the spot called Flagpole Hill, inside the Norbuck Park section of the park. Runners take off from the starting line at 7:00 AM and head north along Goforth Road and then west on West Lawther Drive before turning off onto the paved trail that runs alongside the creek. The course follows the creek all the way up to the LBJ Freeway, crossing Kingsley Road, Church Road and Royal Lane on its way to the turnaround point at the intersection with the highway.

After reaching the turnaround, runners then begin their trek back to the finish line, crossing back over the course they've just run on the way to the finish line back at Flagpole Hill. Really nowhere on the course, organizers add, are there any hills to speak of – the North Trail race is flat and fast for the entire race, and run on paved-surface trails and city roads.

Both competitive and casual runners are encouraged to participate in the race, which is organized and run by Thruston Racing, a Dallas-based operator of 5K, duathlon, marathon and half-marathon events in the local area throughout the year.

Race Weather & Climate

Participants will need to arrive prepared for a variety of weather conditions at the North Trail Half Marathon, as late spring weather in the Dallas area can be highly variable -- temperatures can be very warm or mild and even cool, and storms and rain are always a possibility.

In May, the area's average monthly temperatures range between 84°F and 65°F, while rainfall amounts average around 5.3 inches for the month -- the city's wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (May 12), the average high is 83°F and the average low is 64°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the North Trail Half Marathon


$45 for the half marathon, if registered by May 5, 2013
$50 after May 5
$60 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the late spring running of Dallas's North Trail Half Marathon, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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