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.
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.