Big D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon
Dallas, TX USA
Sunday April 6, 2014

Big D Texas Marathon Information

The Big D Texas Marathon is a well-attended, annual event every April in downtown Dallas. It attracts runners from various parts of the nation. The DART makes three to four trips to Fair Park before the start of the race, which is around 7:30 a.m., for spectators and runners alike.

There is free parking at Fair Park for those who drive. Runners must be at least 16 years-of-age to run in the full marathon. Race permits can be picked up the day before the race at various places as well as the race site on the day of the race. All entrants receive a tee shirt indicating their participation in the race.

Runners take off from Fair Park, at the State Fair grounds and finish up in Cotton Bowl Plaza. The race route is embellished with flowers, flowering shrubs and flowering trees, all in bloom at this time in the spring.

The route also takes runners north to White Rock Lake, a runner's delight, before turning back toward the Cotton Bowl. Large, impressive homes on Swiss Avenue also grace the route, making it that much more scenic.

The average temperatures in Dallas, in mid-April, range between 50 degrees and 70 degrees; that is pleasant running weather. There are aid stations with water, sports drinks and other items every one and half to two miles along the route. They compete for a $1,000 prize for "Best Aid Station," and are eager to please.

A Chrono Track timing system, a chip in the number bib, times runners from start to finish, very precisely. Now runners do not have to line up and wait on race day for the timing chip. Medical first aid stations are set up at the start and finish and on the race route.

The race route is closed after six and a half hours, and runners are taken back to the finish if they are en route. It is suggested by race officials that runners who cannot finish within this time limit not run the full marathon

Caps and medals are given to race finishers as they cross the finish line, for a job well-done.

A portable shower truck sits at the end of the line for runners to avail themselves of, and towels are provided.

Post-race, there is a party in the Tower Building at Fair Park, next to the finish line. Food, drinks and activities are part of the fun. Telling race stories is another part of the fun, naturally.

Age-group awards are given out after the race, but the first person across the finish line is the overall winner. Men and women first finishers are recognized.

Racers give high marks to the Big D Texas Marathon for organization and services as well as the scenic race route. It is a good time of year for a race in the warm south, and rain is rare in Dallas in April, unlike other areas of the country that expect rain at this time of year.