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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, April 2, 2017
2016: Sunday, April 10, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 63°F (17°C)
Average High: 73°F (22°C)
Average Low: 53° F (11°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.43
Course Score: 98.31

Race Size

2016: 492 Finishers
2015: 669 Finishers
2014: 494 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 4.7%
2015: 2.8%
2014: 3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Big D Marathon course has long stretches that are flat; however, there are some hills especially between miles 10 and 22. After the late hills, it is downhill to the finish.

The race can be challenging since the Dallas weather in April can be warm. With the likelihood of warm or hot weather, coupled with a rolling course, a PR or qualifying for the Boston Marathon may be difficult.


Marathon Rankings

The Big D Texas Marathon was the 120th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 155th largest in 2014.

This year 4.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Big D Texas Marathon the 440th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 333rd highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 98.31 ranks it as the 274th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 19th fastest course in Texas.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Big D Texas Marathon a PR Score of 97.43. This PR Score ranks it as the 300th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 20th fastest in Texas.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 578 feet (176m)
Min Elevation: 422 feet (128m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Big D Texas Marathon

2.3 Stars from 3 Reviews



review of 2016 Big D Texas Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars

Review

The course was beautiful until the last few miles. It took us right through a homeless tent city under a bridge. There was no security anywhere. A lone tired female would have been perfect prey by a criminal or crazy person. Then came sections of missing sidewalks, lack of directional signs, and a lonely desolate entrance up the back of Fair Park where if anyone had collapsed, they probably would have died waiting for help. There was nothing left for those who finished the race in the last hour. The walk back to parking was long. There were no medics out on the course. I felt it was a dangerous last few miles. I will never run again and urge others not to as well. For what we paid, we got very little as compared to other races. Race results have been skewed for 2 days as well. Mellow Productions, you failed!

Race Tips


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




review of 2016 Big D Texas Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars

Review

Poorly managed race. The start was delayed while they finished building the start line setup. The water stops are very poor and sparely manned. They even ran out of water at the stop at 18!!! Since the water stops are about 1 and a half miles a part, going 3 miles without water wreaked my race. Even at the finish line, they did not even have bottles of water for the runners and instead gave you a cup of water! The food for the athletes was just terrible. Cold breakfast burritos or a baked potato! Nothing to drink!!! Finally, the shirt is not a tech shirt and it says NOTHING about finishing. Overall, for the money, this is a huge ripoff!

Race Tips

Tip One - Don't sign up for this race. Tip Two - Carry a water bottle just in case they run out of water.

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

The race is held on the pathway around White Rock Lake. The race management did not put out any signs warning people about the race! On race day we shared the course with dog walkers, strollers, cyclists coming from both directions which made the course very dangerous!!!



review of 2012 Big D Texas Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Beautiful Texas spring weather along with lots of fun water stops along the way. If you have crazy allergies, I'd skip this one since the route takes you through very wooded (and pretty) neighborhoods. That being said, if it's your first marathon and you need a lot of moral support, perhaps picking a race with a larger fan base would be a good idea. White Rock Marathon in Dallas is much larger with rock bands along the way and tons of spectators and cheerleaders. If you are a seasoned marathon runner, I've felt after running both Dallas marathons several times that this one is a bit more challenging than WR. (My opinion.)

Race Tips

Don't worry about hot weather if it's predicted. There are many spots where you are covered by pretty trees for shade.

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

Have someone drop you off at the race. Parking isn't the greatest at Fair Park, despite being the grounds of the Texas State Fa



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