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Overall Rating (18 Reviews)
4.2
(18 Ratings)(18 Reviews)
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Whether you’re new to running or you’ve been running your whole life, the BMW Dallas Marathon really does have a race for everyone. The BMW Dallas Marathon, Marathon and 50K courses begin and end in Downtown Dallas and highlight the best areas of the city. Along the way, runners will pass … MORE
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    sandtar79 FIRST-TIMER '11

    This race used to be run around the Dallas White Rock Lake. I found that course to be rather boring, as there isn't much but a lake to look at … MORE

    This race used to be run around the Dallas White Rock Lake. I found that course to be rather boring, as there isn’t much but a lake to look at for the majority of the run. While the lake is beautiful, the majority of the locals run around this every day. I was glad they decided to change the course of this race to include more of the city.

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    bb.boudreaux REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Loved this race. Very lively, even the police officers were dancing and having fun. Music on the loud speakers road after road after road towards the very end. It was … MORE

    Loved this race. Very lively, even the police officers were dancing and having fun. Music on the loud speakers road after road after road towards the very end. It was the absolute BEST! Had a steep hill and wind around the lakes, don’t get me wrong this was no cake walk. But you should totally do the full!!!! First time to Dallas and was surely wow’ed!

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    carlyaweiss REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Dallas us a great race!! It is HARD!! The hills!! Going all around the lake. It is so pretty, but really hard since you can see how far you have … MORE

    Dallas us a great race!! It is HARD!! The hills!! Going all around the lake. It is so pretty, but really hard since you can see how far you have to go! Think next time I will stick to the half.

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    starlingk2003 FIRST-TIMER '18

    OK, it was scenic and GREAT crowd support. I swear this one gladiator club thing was EVERY MILE AT LEAST!! Awesome!! I read it was "flat and fast" but there … MORE

    OK, it was scenic and GREAT crowd support. I swear this one gladiator club thing was EVERY MILE AT LEAST!! Awesome!! I read it was “flat and fast” but there was a couple hills in there that were a doozy!! And they came when you are spent after 20 miles!! I was NOT HAPPY. I came into this race after two weeks of resting a strained gatrocnemius muscle (calf). I’d say I was at about 80%. I had signed up for the weekend series (5k on saturday) and I did complete that too. ran about a 10 minute pace on that one. But it was important, because the BEST SWAG, was from the series. The participant shirt was “eh” the finisher shirt was “eh” the weekend series jacket was my favorite, cute, cut well, looks water repellant (haven’t tested) and clean. The series MEDAL was awesome too! The 5k medal was good, but nothing SUPER special, and the marathon is NICE, stained glass bit, hinged part acts as a kickstand, etc… Here are my complaints: the expo was good, but they SPECIFICALLY state NO ONE CAN PICK UP YOUR PACKET FOR YOU. but there were SO MANY PEOPLE with multiple packets. Also, expo was open on saturday, but no saturday packet pickup for weekend series, which means extra hotel day, extra day off of work, etc… They could have done the 5k/10k later in the day and offered morning packet pickup. Easily. And with less rain. This was my first run with my Garmin in a big city where the buildings screwed with the signal and my time/distance was off. Oh! and UCan was a sponsor and handed out their bars at two spots on the course- but they were thrown down on the ground ALL OVER, because the texture is REALLY DIFFICULT during a run!! I managed mine but it’s like compressed sawdust. FLAVORFUL, but sawdust. Need LOTS of water that you may not have because you have already passed the aid station, etc… No gels were distributed. Glad I carried my own. Anyway, I’m glad I did it, I got a good time considering my injury- (would have been under 4 hours, but I fell apart after the hill I mentioned in mile 21). My brother ran the ultra, and he said that was good too (they just had a pigtail off of our course where they picked up the extra mileage to make his a 50K.

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    donknox FIRST-TIMER '18

    I would really like to rate this event higher but there are things preventing a higher rating. I would actually rate it lower had I not gotten the VIP package … MORE

    I would really like to rate this event higher but there are things preventing a higher rating. I would actually rate it lower had I not gotten the VIP package – well worth the money. There are things outside the control of the race director – traffic and construction. The Metromess is a disaster most of the time traffic-wise but it was even worse this year. Downtown has so much construction, road closures, one way streets – almost impossible for someone from out of town to navigate. Worse Expo by far of any large event I have attended. Parking is expensive and while the city needs money – why gouge people for 10 minutes worth of parking after they just endured one hour or more of stop and go traffic downtown for packet pick up. I got the wrong size t-shirt at packet pick up and could not exchange it.

    VIP – package – AWESOME!!! SWAG Awesome (even my oversized tshirt)!

    Course – difficult is an understatement – and it was long (both the 5k and the marathon courses were long – not a Garmin error) 24.46 – .53 by most finishers. The hill at mile 6 (Beverly in Highland Park) was interesting and expected. Hill at mile 20 (Lakewood Blvd) was a monster hill. The Garmin hill challenge was only the first half of the hill. The worst part was the second half of the hill to the top of the street. I get hills but that one needs to be gone or at least half of it. I did set a PR and more importantly, got a BQ time but I honestly thought I would have run it about 5 to 6 minutes faster. The Lakewood hill took it all out of me. UCan bars are great for people that have tender stomachs but the rest of the world needs something that does not taste like compressed sawdust. My wife swears by UCan but I will swear at UCan. I needed something so I took what the race provided.

    Overall, some improvements can be made but I am just one runner and this is the 48th time this event has been held so they may not be too interested in changing much.

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    jessuazo FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race did not disappoint! This was my first marathon. I stayed in the sponsored hotel which was walking distance to the start line, had a sky bridge to get … MORE

    This race did not disappoint! This was my first marathon. I stayed in the sponsored hotel which was walking distance to the start line, had a sky bridge to get to the expo and had several restaurants inside the building. This made the stay so easy and the prices were very reasonable. The expo was so exciting-I met Shalane Flanagan and got her to autograph my race bib. Great vendors, very organized. The start line was one of the best I’ve been at–corrals organized well, starts well staggered. The course was extremely difficult around miles 17-19ish. Two really big uphills that crushed my pace–I wasn’t prepared for them. Course support was awesome, plenty of water stops, tons of cheering, no dead zones. The weather was perfect and I would recommend this race to anyone!

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    jdrawls1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The event was well organized, plenty of aid and direction to Corrals. Parking was available, for a fee, right next to starting/finishing line. Great showcase of downtown Dallas, with support … MORE

    The event was well organized, plenty of aid and direction to Corrals. Parking was available, for a fee, right next to starting/finishing line. Great showcase of downtown Dallas, with support from all the local sports teams. First half was almost entirely uphill, but the last half gets to finish on a downward slope.

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    mmahon17 FIRST-TIMER '17

    As most would expect, this is a well organized large metropolitan area race. The route takes you through all the different areas that the downtown Dallas area has to offer … MORE

    As most would expect, this is a well organized large metropolitan area race. The route takes you through all the different areas that the downtown Dallas area has to offer which is nice. I did the weekend series and the swag seemed to never stop coming. I look forward to making this an annual run for me and my family.

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    Jenlovestorun FIRST-TIMER '12

    Race expo was the best! Loved the city itself - clean and metro was nice to get back and forth through town; so hot day of the race and then … MORE

    Race expo was the best! Loved the city itself – clean and metro was nice to get back and forth through town; so hot day of the race and then it snowed the next morning!

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    YanisNanashi FIRST-TIMER '15

    The city of Dallas is quite boring, but Dallas Marathon was really nice! I liked it very much even though it was raining. The course is flat, the atmosphere is … MORE

    The city of Dallas is quite boring, but Dallas Marathon was really nice! I liked it very much even though it was raining. The course is flat, the atmosphere is fantastic and while running the half marathon I got a very good impression of the different parts of the city. I also liked the expo very much. Nice T-Shirt and Medal!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The weather is unpredictable and the courses are hilly. It can be windy and humid. Miles 4-8 are a beating. There is one u-turn. Parking is not easy. MORE

    The weather is unpredictable and the courses are hilly. It can be windy and humid. Miles 4-8 are a beating. There is one u-turn.
    Parking is not easy.

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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '16

    The Dallas Marathon, always wanted to run it since I live in the area. Great event and would run again. Location is in Downtown Dallas. We stayed at the Aloft … MORE

    The Dallas Marathon, always wanted to run it since I live in the area.
    Great event and would run again.
    Location is in Downtown Dallas. We stayed at the Aloft Hotel, great place and decent rate. Plus the start/finish line was right in front of the hotel. the expo was across the street. It was kind of cool to see the set up of the race Friday and Saturday. There are many places to eat within walking distance so we were able to park the car at the hotel and just walk.
    The expo, I have been to it before just to check out the booths but this was my first year as a participant. Expo was okay, seemed smaller than in years past. Did not seem to have as many vendors selling running items. Lots of other events there to let you know of their runs and a few odd ball vendors selling home improvement and electricity?? Packet pickup was smooth and easy. Swag in the bag is a long sleeved shirt.
    Raceday – Once again our hotel was right by the start/finish and my corral was just a short walk up the street. There were four corrals and each had a nice amount of runners so that they were not packed. As with most marathons, they had pace teams available. The weather this year was almost perfect. The course was mostly flat with only a few small elevation changes. It winds through parts of downtown Dallas, Highland Park, out to White Rock Lake, and back. There were places where lots of crowd support was evident and others there were none. Great traffic and support from the community. There were ample water stops and two gel stations. There were also some unofficial refreshment stations, a few handing out beer and some residents handing out water, cookies, oranges, and candy. There were several bands on the course as well as several of the local professional sports teams had their promotional staff on the course. The finish line area, you get a medal, it was nice but in the day of big bling, seemed like it could be a tad bigger and it appeared to me that the medals were the same size if you ran the half, full relay or full. Not a complaint but have run other events were the medal was bigger depending on the distance. Post race food, you were given a draw string backpack with some cookies, pretzels, and a cliff bar, along with water, Gatorade, and power gels. There was a post race party with a band and if you drink, you got two free beers.
    My performance was okay, I had hoped to do better but had a last minute cold to deal with the week prior and I am actually training for Houston in January so this was kind of a bonus (was supposed to run a 20 miler and figured its only 6 more).
    They have a new race director that was previously with Run Disney and he says he has big plans so I am anxious to see where this race improves. As it is I would run it again.

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 14, 2016 at 12:34am

    Great review, Donnie! You know you're kind of a bad-ass when you have 20 miles on the schedule and figure "Why not run a marathon? It's only 6 more!" And… MORE

    Great review, Donnie! You know you're kind of a bad-ass when you have 20 miles on the schedule and figure "Why not run a marathon? It's only 6 more!" And since you're taking the high road, I'll file the formal complaint for you—the marathon medal should always be the biggest (assuming it's the longest distance), especially if the design is the same for all distances. That said, so glad you lucked out on the weather, and hope this puts you in good position training-wise for Houston. Dallas being my boyhood hometown and Houston my college town, I'm looking forward to running both one day soon. So I appreciate the thoughtful recap! LESS

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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '16

    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 … MORE

    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.

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 14, 2016 at 12:46am

    If any city was ready to see some nice weather (winds notwithstanding) for its marathon, it was Dallas! As hit-or-miss as the December weather can be (and has been) in… MORE

    If any city was ready to see some nice weather (winds notwithstanding) for its marathon, it was Dallas! As hit-or-miss as the December weather can be (and has been) in North TX, glad you were able to fully enjoy the course this year. And good to hear the locals support the race, that makes such a difference—as much fun as our local L.A. Marathon is, it's not the most spectator-rific event. Hopefully Dallas will continue to get bigger & better, as befitting a big-city TX marathon. Congrats Scott, and thanks for sharing! LESS

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    kgoff1013 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This race is my favorite of the year! It's a huge race with thousands of people, and for me that adds to the excitement! The course isn't bad at all, … MORE

    This race is my favorite of the year! It’s a huge race with thousands of people, and for me that adds to the excitement! The course isn’t bad at all, a few constant inclines but no steep hills (at least on the half course). The weather wasn’t bad this year at all as well. The corrals are clearly marked and loaded by pace time. Make sure you get there early if you want to be at the front of your corral! I already can’t wait until next year! ?

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 14, 2016 at 12:49am

    You said you'd be back to run again after last year's race Kathleen, and you absolutely were! Dallas is my boyhood home and I still have family there, so I'm… MORE

    You said you'd be back to run again after last year's race Kathleen, and you absolutely were! Dallas is my boyhood home and I still have family there, so I'm psyched to hear such good things about this race. You've got me psyched to run it one day soon... thanks for the review! LESS

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    architectureguy FIRST-TIMER '16

    Expo:Typical Large race expo. At the convention center downtown. Plenty of computers for bib number lookup, plenty of tables for bib pickup, followed by plenty of tables for t-shirt & … MORE

    Expo:Typical Large race expo. At the convention center downtown. Plenty of computers for bib number lookup, plenty of tables for bib pickup, followed by plenty of tables for t-shirt & gear check bag pick up. Tons of volunteers. Lots of vendors, other races, corporate booths, the usual.
    Swag: Super soft comfortable long sleeve race t-shirt. some coupons.
    Weather: Dallas is hit or miss. This race was a hit. Low to mid 50’s to start. Some strong wind gusts. Overcast and foggy at the start. Finishing in the low 60’s.
    Pre-race: 4 corrals with time limits which is something I had not experienced before. There was a hard cut off time for when runners had to be in their corrals. After that time the corrals were fenced off and some runners were denied entry. Inside the corral were lots of well stocked porta potties. The entire start line area felt secure. Camera crews and photographers everywhere. The race is televised.
    Race: Lots of water & gatorade stops every few miles. The police presence was felt. An officer at almost every cross road intersection. The course starts fairly flat. Has some dips, gets low around Mile 6. Then the highest point is Mile 8. Stays flat again, and then almost entirely a slow gradual downhill all the way to the finish. Course map is online. You do get to see the scenic Turtle Creek area and the upscale University/Highland Park area with the large multi-million dollar homes. Also Down Greenville Ave. for a few miles. The Full marathoners split off at that point. A little ways down the full joins back up but they stay separated. Half on one side of the road, Full on the other. It stays like this all the way to the finish. You finish where you started. There were intermittent spots along the entire course of spectators, families, beer stops, crowds cheering. Nicely done Dallas.
    Post-race: After crossing the finish, there is the standard photos with backdrop. The secure finish path takes a very long time and weaves back through the corrals. Mylar blankets for warmth. Water and endurance formula Gatorade. Into the gear check pickup area, then volunteers hanging out a finisher drawstring backpack that contained some snack foods. Cookies, pretzels, etc. Then banana tables. Then you exit the secure area into the family meet up area. Across from that are all the tents. Beer Garden, food trucks, and IHOP giving out pancakes to runners. I didn’t use my 2 free Coors beer coupons attached to my bib, but I got some Barefoot brand Wine. There was also a stage in the beer area with a band rocking out. Fun Race. I’ll do it again.

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 14, 2016 at 1:01am

    This sounds like a fun course since it runs around arguably the most eye-catching parts of Dallas, i.e. Highland Park and Turtle Creek. And glad you got a hit on… MORE

    This sounds like a fun course since it runs around arguably the most eye-catching parts of Dallas, i.e. Highland Park and Turtle Creek. And glad you got a hit on the weather this year! Definitely helps not to be wet and/or freezing the whole time. Always love hearing what a Half Fanatic thinks of a race, since you have so much experience to draw on. And you must have been a popular guy at the finish with two beer coupons to give away. ;) Congrats & great review, Gordon! LESS

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    rudyjax FIRST-TIMER '15

    It's a great, flat course. The scenery is meh, but it's a lot of fun on Greenville Ave. Bands, people partying, even in the rain. The roads are potholed at … MORE

    It’s a great, flat course. The scenery is meh, but it’s a lot of fun on Greenville Ave. Bands, people partying, even in the rain. The roads are potholed at times. The only real issue with the race is that there is not good crowd support at the finish line. I also did not see a clock throughout the race either. I did really enjoy this race. Despite the whether, the post race party was awesome.

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    kgoff1013 FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was my first big race, so I wasn't sure what to expect. So many people ride DART to the race, so you need to get an early train because … MORE

    This was my first big race, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. So many people ride DART to the race, so you need to get an early train because they fill up! I didn’t see any parking at the race so I’m not sure what parking is actually like. They had three corrals. There is just one start and then all of the corrals file one after the other. It was a decent course. I thought at the time it was hilly, but now that I’ve experienced more than this race I realize it wasn’t bad at all! Lots of gradual inclines it seemed. You run though some pretty neighborhoods. Water stations were on both sides of the street, Cliff shots were at their own location which made them easy to see as well. Course is very clearly marked off. After the race they handed out finisher bags filled with food. Planning to run it again!

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    jennypaul1987 FIRST-TIMER '10

    The race ends in Fair Park and there's Fletchers Corny dogs for sale there. What else do you need to know? The race is really well organized with a great … MORE

    The race ends in Fair Park and there’s Fletchers Corny dogs for sale there. What else do you need to know?

    The race is really well organized with a great expo and starting line procedure. The course is pretty flat and well-shaded. I ran this as my first ever half marathon, and definitely enjoyed it. There’s TONS of crowd support and a great atmosphere around it, and you get a great medal when you’re done. I’m thinking of making a return some day to crush the time I did the first time!

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