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Dallas Marathon

Dallas, TX

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, December 10, 2017
2016: Sunday, December 11, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 47°F (8°C)
Average High: 56°F (13°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.30
Course Score: 98.30

Race Size

2016: 2,812 Finishers
2015: 2,747 Finishers
2014: 3,951 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 6.5%
2015: 6.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Dallas Marathon was the 28th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 26th largest in 2015.

Last year 6.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Dallas Marathon the 334th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 318th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.30 ranks it as the 278th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 20th fastest course in Texas.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Dallas Marathon a PR Score of 98.30. This PR Score ranks it as the 227th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 18th fastest in Texas.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 598 feet (182m)
Min Elevation: 419 feet (127m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Dallas Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 Dallas Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

Race Tips

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

review of 2016 Dallas Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

review of 2014 Dallas Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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!

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