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 156th 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 442nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 265th highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 98.31 ranks it as the 272nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 18th 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 299th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 19th fastest in Texas.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.