marathon information

Big D - The name says it all!

This is your opportunity to run one of the most scenic courses in America! Start and end on the historic grounds of the great State Fair of Texas. Begin and end your journey in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl. The marathon course will be mostly flat with one hill near mile 3. You will enjoy the beauty of White Rock Lake and return on our new Sante Fe Trail.

What you get with your entry

  • You see Dallas in spring. It is never more beautiful!
  • The best water stations ever!
  • Flat fast courses with few turns!
  • Our course tme limit is 6 1/2 hours!
  • Chip Timing with the chip in the bib.
  • Free finish line photo and downloadable finisher certificate,
  • Local convenient packet pickup and race day registration & pickup!
  • Ride DART to Fair Park.
  • Tons of Free parking at Fair Park.
  • Big D party afterwards!
  • Event runner's tech shirts for all entrants.
  • Special Big D finisher medal for full and half marathoners.

Packet Pickup & Late Registration - (You can register at our packet pickup locations on Saturday and race morning at the event) Saturday April 1, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
First Class Event T-shirt

All entrants will receive a great event runner's shirt.

Age Group Awards

Awards will be presented to the top three men and women finishers in each of the following age groups : 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.



When you cross the finish line, our timing system records your finish time and age group place which can be viewed on a computer in the registration area within 5 to 10 minutes after finishing. Although we always do awards ceremonies in a quick and timely manner, if you cannot stay for the announcement of winners go to where you see the actual awards on a table. We will have staff there to verify your qualification of an award. They will give you your award if you must leave early.

We will not mail any awards not picked up at the event. 

Marathoners will need to go to the awards table to retrieve their age group awards. We will not mail out awards not picked up.


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 finisher medal and finisher shirt.

Start & Finish Line Location

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.

Think Pink!


Mellew Productions is pleased to announce that we will now offer pink stations at Big D!
We will have one pink station on half marathon courses and two pink stations on full marathon courses.  Each station will be identified by a pink sign.  You will find both feminine supplies and a Midol type pain medication available as needed.  Just ask one of the volunteers to direct you to the supply case.

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

Visit our course info page to download course maps -Click Here.


Hydration Stations

We will have aid stations positioned approximately every 1 1/2 to 2 miles. Our Sports drink is GatorAde. Go to the course info page for complete information on poert-o-lets and water station placement.



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.



Everyone gets a free finish line photo and finisher certificate. Great for posting on face book and other social platforms. All event photos will be available for sale and will be shown with your results as now our event photography is connected to the timing chip in your race bib!


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 2015 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 15 minuts after the start of the half 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 2:00 pm. Do not register for the marathon if you do not think you can finish within this time frame. We reserve the right to pull runners from the marathon course if we think they cannot finish the marathon in the allotted time frame.

Entry Requirements

  • 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:
    • dogs
    • baby joggers
    • in-line skates
    • bicycles and any other non-official wheeled vehicles.
Is this a Boston Qualifier?



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.



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.

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Event Schedule

Sunday, April 2, 2017

6:00am - Packet Pickup & Late Registration

7:30am - Marathon and Half Start
8:45am - Post-Race Party
10:45am - Half Marathon Ceremony**
2:00pm - Marathon & Half Courses Close

Event Location

The Grand Place Building at Fair Park in Dallas, TX

1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd Dallas, TX 75210-2364

Marathon Fees

Entry fees are subject to change with no notice. Register Now!

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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