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4.4 Stars from 5 Runners





  

By about 2016


Review

This year's Dallas Marathon was blessed with almost perfect weather. The day started in the low 50s with clouds and fairly calm. However, as the day progressed the winds kicked up and were well over 20mph with 30+ mph gusts about 3 hours into the race. That's totally out of the RD's control and really didn't diminish a great day for running. It made the finish quite challenging in spite of it being a fairly flat course.

The race highlights:

THE EXPO: Fairly typical for a large marathon in that there were tons of vendors and tons of stuff. I really enjoy spending time at expos and this one did not disappoint. With BMW being the title sponsor this year, there was some really cool car stuff to play around with.

THE COURSE: Having lived in Dallas for about 10 years, I am very familiar with the course and it definitely went through a lot of the best neighborhoods in the area. However, the out and back at White Rock Lake is a little repetitive and ignores the section that would include the arboretum which is a beautiful part of the lake. The worst part of the course is the section that runs along the Santa Fe Trail which is a multi mile slow climb up a concrete path. The path was not closed and we dealt with several runners coming from the other direction and I was passed twice by bikers who were not part of the event.

THE SPECTATORS: The city of Dallas definitely supports the marathon in a big way. There are plenty of spectators on the course to keep you motivated and lots of "unofficial" food stations along the way for those hungry for doughnuts, beer, or Twizzlers. From the "Dolly Parton's" and Elvis impersonators, there are plenty of people having fun on the course.

THE ORGANIZATION: This is such a well run event, it's obvious that it's been around for over 40 years. From start to finish, this is a very professionally run event that seems to care as much about the marathon as it does the half and the relay. It's nice to run in a race that has doesn't put all the interesting parts of the course on the parts shared by with the half marathon and make the full marathon course seem like an afterthought. I didn't utilize the bag check so I can't comment on that part of the operation.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Really nice race expo. Great hotel support amenities. You can PR on this course.


Race Tips

Hill at mile 21. Be ready for it.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Omni was a really nice place to stay. All within walking distance of start and finish area as well as expo.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Read several reviews on here which indicate the race is flat. The race is not flat, far from flat, no where near flat. Ignore that ignorant garbage and trust me there are hills. Significant long uphill climbs around mile 6-7 and again from 17-20. Once you get through mile 20 it is flat, but other that that, it's a lot of rolling hills. For 5 years straight the weather has sucked, one year cancelled due to poor weather. So forget the fluff these people are writing, and trust me, it's a tough course, with sketchy weather.


Race Tips

Who knows what Dallas weather will be on race day, only the gods can tell. If it's anything like past 5 years, rain, ice, or sub tropic conditions.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay somewhere cheap, and park downtown, parking is not bad.


2 / 5 Stars


  City of Dallas definitely supports the marathon in a big way

By about 2016


Review

Having lived in Dallas for about 10 years, I am very familiar with the course and it definitely went through a lot of the best neighborhoods in the area. However, the out and back at White Rock Lake is a little repetitive and ignores the section that would include the arboretum which is a beautiful part of the lake. The worst part of the course is the section that runs along the Santa Fe Trail which is a multi mile slow climb up a concrete path. The path was not closed and we dealt with several runners coming from the other direction and I was passed twice by bikers who were not part of the event.


Race Tips

The city of Dallas definitely supports the marathon in a big way. There are plenty of spectators on the course to keep you motivated and lots of "unofficial" food stations along the way for those hungry for doughnuts, beer, or Twizzlers. From the "Dolly Parton's" and Elvis impersonators, there are plenty of people having fun on the course.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

This is such a well run event, it's obvious that it's been around for over 40 years. From start to finish, this is a very professionally run event that seems to care as much about the marathon as it does the half and the relay. It's nice to run in a race that has doesn't put all the interesting parts of the course on the parts shared by with the half marathon and make the full marathon course seem like an afterthought. I didn't utilize the bag check so I can't comment on that part of the operation.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Overall, this is a great marathon. It's been running through the neighborhoods of dallas for almost 50 years now, so all the residents come out to cheer you on. It's a lot of fun!

The only downside is that weather in Dallas in December is hit or miss. It could be 75 and humid or 25 and snowing.


Race Tips

The course overall is fairly flats with some rolling hills. The worst part is along the lake, which goes from mile 13 to 18. Once you're past the Dolly Partons at 18, it's pretty smooth sailing.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive early because parking downtown can be a bit of a challenge. The Omni hotel right by the start is great and very accommodating to runners on race day!


5 / 5 Stars





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