The Dallas Marathon is the oldest race of its kind in the state of Texas, according to the event’s media guide, and it should draw a crowd of over 300,000 spectators watching an estimated 25,000 participants race past some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Whether you are looking to catch a glimpse of the JFK Memorial or the Perot Museum of Nature and Science or just want to watch some good old-fashioned competition between some of the world’s best athletes, this event promises to deliver.
This marathon is a Texas-sized spectacle you won't want to miss. It is the largest single-day sporting event in the city the NFL’s Cowboys, the NBA’s Mavericks, the NHL’s Stars and many other significant sporting figures call home.
Where: Downtown Dallas, Texas
When: Sunday, Dec. 8
Watch: WFAA (ABC affiliate, Ch. 8, Local)
Live Stream: WFAA.com
Start Time: 8:05 a.m. CT / 9:05 a.m. ET
Distance: 26.2 miles
Full Course Map (via DallasMarathon.com)
Course Description (via DallasMarathon.com)
The course begins and ends in Downtown Dallas and highlights the best areas of the city. Along the way, runners pass through the West Dallas Loop, over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, through the Dallas Design District, along majestic Turtle Creek, through prestigious Highland Park, around White Rock Lake, through beautiful Lakewood and down the Swiss Avenue historical district and eclectic streets of Deep Ellum before the finish in Downtown.
Dallas is buzzing ahead of this epic race, and the excitement should only become more palpable as the sound of the starting gun draws nearer.
The sheer number of elite participants will make this an event worth watching for serious fans of the sport. Defending men’s champion Vladimir Safronov is back and trying to win a second straight event, while 15 other top-flight marathoners will be looking to overcome him and attempt to break the record time of 2:12:04.
On the women’s side, Sarah Kiptoo is the favorite to not only win but also break the 2006 record of 2:29:55. It’s a lofty goal, but the Kenyan phenom just set a personal best of 2:26:32, per the media guide.
Even if you aren’t tuning in for the elite runners, it is worth it to check out the beautiful city and many hard-working, regular contestants looking to set personal bests or accomplish the amazing feat of actually finishing this grueling 26.2 mile race.