BIGGER and BETTER this year!
You start and end on the historic grounds of the great State Fair of Texas. The fairground's art deco architecture and stunning landscape will set the mood of the day. Once you leave the State fairgrounds you head north and you soon run into the beautiful neighborhoods surrounding the crown jewel of central Dallas, White Rock Lake. In addition to the beauty of the Rock, where all Dallas' runners go to do their long runs, the beautiful and luxurious homes are a vision. Once you leave White Rock you head into a part of the course that will have tree-lined parks on one side and beautiful homes on the other. As you head into the final stages of the marathon in the last six miles is where the really great homes will greet you. Your trip down Swiss Avenue is the best! And as you head to the finish line you return to finish on the front steps of the historic Cotton Bowl. You'll see why we love Dallas, Texas! If you want to see a great photo journal of our course and all its beauty, Click Here.
What you get with your entry
- You see Dallas in spring. It is never more beautiful!
- The best water stations ever!
- The half and full marathons run through the great neighborhoods of Dallas
- Chip Timing with the chip in the bib
- Ride DART to Fair Park
- Tons of Free parking at Fair Park
- Big D party afterwards!
- Event runner's tech shirts for all entrants. Best of all, our event shirt is gender specific and is made in the USA
- Special Big D finisher medal for full and half marathoners
Packet Pickup & Late Registration
Saturday April 5, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Dallas - 8050 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75243 (at Central Expwy next to Home Depot)
Academy Sports + Outdoors Fort Worth - 6101 - I-20, Fort Worth, TX 76132 (at Bryant Irvin Rd)
Academy Sports + Outdoors West Plano - 3305 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 301, Plano, TX 75093 (at Parker)
- Race Day - You may also get your packet race day at the event. Please note that packet pickup will start at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:10 a.m. You will not be able to get your packet after 7:10.
First Class Event T-shirt
All entrants will receive a gender specific runner's tech shirt.
Age Group Awards
Awards will be presented to the top three men and women finishers in each of the following age groups for all 3 distances: 24 & under, 25 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65 - 69, 70+. The top overall and masters male and female will be awarded special trophies.
There will be no marathon awards ceremony. **Overall and Masters Marathon winners will be announced at 10:45am during the Half Marathon awards ceremony. Marathoners will need to go to the awards table to retreive their age group awards.Finisher Rewards
At all Mellew Production events, we try to call out everyone's name as you finish. All marathon finishers will receive a great medal. The medal will be handed to you in the finish line area.
The Texas Marathon events will start and end in historical Fair Park in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl near downtown Dallas, Texas. There will be plenty of free parking available at Fair Park and you can relax, stretch and prepare for The Texas Marathon in the beautiful surroundings of Fair Park. Please read the detailed directions on our directions page as to the best way to arrive at Fair Park.
Parking and Directions
The address to the entrance of Fair Park is: 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd Dallas, TX 75210-2364 (Map). Use this map of Fair Park for parking lot locations. For complete directions and parking maps, please, Click Here.DART light rail now travels to Fair Park!
Be sure to visit the DART website for schedules and station maps. Keep in mind trains do not run very often on Sunday morning. At this point trains will only arrive at Fair Park 3-4 times before race start. However if you plan ahead you can avoid car traffic and let DART do the driving. We will have bag check for everyone.Course Map
For complete course map and resource info, Click Here.Hydration Stations
We will have aid stations positioned approximately every 1 1/2 to 2 miles. Not only will they provide you with water, sports drinks, and other goodies, but they will also be competing for $1,000 in prize money. Their job is to please you! Our Sports drink is Powerade. Their job is to please you! Information on water stations and port-o-let placement on the course can be found, Click Here.Medical
Race day medical services include first aid medical stations with ambulance service at the start, finish and on the course. We will also have basic medical supplies at each Hydration station. For complete course and resource info, Click Here.Photography
Jerry Glover Photography will be our official race photographer. To pre-order your photos click on the logo for details.Chip Timing at Big D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon
The Texas Marathon will use the latest chip timing technology, which records your time precisely from start to finish. Your timing chip will be in your bib. Just put your bib on and you are good to go.Pace Teams
We will have pace teams at the 2013 Big D Marathon. Our marathon leaders will be guiding you to finish times of 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:10, 4:20, 4:30, 4:40, 4:50, and 5:00. Our pace teams are staffed and provided by the Dallas Running Club.Course Time Limits
The start line will close at 7:35 a.m for the full marathon. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to start. We will keep the finish line and course open for 6 1/2 hours; it will close at 2:00pm. We will enforce this time limit this year. Do not register for the marathon if you do not think you can finish within this time frame. Since we have a timing mat at the half marathon point of our course, those arriving after three hours and fifteen minutes will be given a half marathon finisher medal and will be transported back to the finish line. For those that make that time limit, we will have another point at the 20-mile mark of the course. If you do not arrive at that point by the five hour mark you will be pulled from the course and taken to the finish line. You will be given a half marathon finisher medal. We will monitor our participants after that point and will make a race day decision as to your ability to complete the course near the 6 &1/2 hour time limit.
- You must be able to complete the marathon and half marathon in 6 1/2 hours.
- You must be at least 12 years old to run the Big D Half Marathon.
- You must be at least 16 years old to run the Big D Texas Marathon.
- Entries are not transferrable to others and there are no refunds.
- The following are strictly prohibited from the course:
- baby joggers
- in-line skates
- bicycles and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.
Yes.Will there be a Bag Drop?
Yes, inside the Grand Place Building, you will see a large feather sign that says "Gear Check".Race Recovery Food Court and Finish Line festival
The Texas Marathon will host a post-race party in the Grand Place Building, which is next to the start/finish line with plenty of post race food, liquids & activities.Showers
We will have a portable shower truck facility available courtesy of the Park Cities Baptist Church. Towels and supplies are provided so you can clean up after the event should you so desire.
Thanks for your interest in volunteering! We have all kinds of volunteer positions that need to be filled. To register as part of our volunteer team please complete a registration by [clicking here]. We will then contact you and work out the details.
customer serviceTelephone: +1 817 706 0368
Sunday, April 6, 2014
6:00am - Packet Pickup & Late Registration
7:10am - Packet Pickup CLOSES
7:30am - Marathon Start
8:00am - Half Marathon Start
8:45am - Post-Race Party
10:45am - Half Marathon Ceremony**
2:00pm - Marathon & Half Courses Close
The Grand Place Building at Fair Park in Dallas, TX
1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd Dallas, TX 75210-2364
- $85 - Through November 1, 2013
- $95 - Nov. 2, 2013 through February 2, 2014
- $110 - February 3 through April 4, 2014
- $125 - April 5 and Race Day
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. There will be a service fee added to your entry fee.
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