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Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
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(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
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2
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2.7
PRODUCTION
1.8
SWAG
2.7
The Irving Marathon out of Toyota Music Factory has one of the most scenics and flattest courses in DFW. All events are USATF Certified, making it at a perfect Boston Marathon qualifying race. The Irving Marathon with a race for every fitness level, offers runners a unique experience: the start … MORE
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    The route was not clear and the volunteers did not understand the route. More then 50% of the runners messed up on the course. I’ve never seen a race so … MORE

    The route was not clear and the volunteers did not understand the route. More then 50% of the runners messed up on the course. I’ve never seen a race so unorganized. Even the top male with a police escort unknowingly got the course wrong. It was insanely frustrating.

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    In studying the results by segment, over 75% of the "winning" marathoners by group did not run the whole course. The course was not easy and many people on the … MORE

    In studying the results by segment, over 75% of the “winning” marathoners by group did not run the whole course. The course was not easy and many people on the second lap just ran back north on Las Colinas Blvd and did not run the small loop. This resulted in most of the racers in the race running about 1.7 miles shorter than the whole course or being some 12-18 miles less running time. This is a complete disaster. I studied all the results and almost all of the group winners are affected by these totally invalid results. By my count I had over 40 of the top 60 people that did not run the short loop in the last lap. It is very easy to tell since these people have a split time from 13.1m to 16m of only about 10-12 minutes with the rest of us having 22-26 minutes. It is easy to tell what happened since so many people cannot run the equivalent of a world class 4 minute mile for 3 miles in the middle of the race exactly at the course point where they were supposed to turn back for the short loop before heading north on Las Colinas Blvd for the second loop. Simple unacceptable and totally invalidates virtually all placements outside of the top 3 finishers overall. In analyzing, virtually every age group was changed when you disqualify people for not running the whole course. They ran 1.7 miles less and were still given medals and placements by the organizers, unbelievable, it is so easy to see in the time splits from 13.1-16miles; totally unquestionable

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    roadrunner12 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I should preface this of course to keep in mind we are in COVID times and I do understand that some planning elements were forced to happen last minute... however, … MORE

    I should preface this of course to keep in mind we are in COVID times and I do understand that some planning elements were forced to happen last minute… however, I think that there are many things that should be considered for future races. Parking was rough with long lines due to people not being prepared with their cash or credit to pay. I don’t see that much could be done differently here. Bathrooms were ample and lines were not too long which was pleasantly surprising however participant capacity helped. Start was supposed to be at 7. Everyone was lined up in the gun by then with no explanation as to why we didn’t start until 7:20. Aid stations were ok but at the finish, there were mini bottles of water, bananas and chips. Water was not chilled or cold, etc which in my experience has been standard at races. Never saw the pancakes, must have run out with the Powerade they had and had also run out of when many people hadn’t even finished their races yet. Poor planning. If you know that you have a participant count of X you would think you have at least one item for everyone? Today was a gruesomely hot and humid day and it really felt like that was an oversight. Aid stations overall were ok but needed more trash cans available. Volunteers were good but this race needs way more. Which brings me to my real pain point of this post. The course. Very poorly designed and communicated in my opinion. The map and guide outlined for participants online was confusing, the signage was lacking at the turnarounds and having to do a circle a million times (which I understand many people missed at least one rotation of) was nonsensical. If you’re going to have a “tricky” course layout you need to either have half and full marathoners running separate directions or need something more definite so people know where they’re going. I wonder how many chip times are skewed because people shaved off a mile or two by not running the proper route. Shame because the rest of the course was fine. Anyway, I will probably not run this one again unless it’s the only option. Sorry and thank you anyway.

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    sandtar79 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course was an out and back on several major streets where one lane was dedicated to runners. Zero shade on the course made it difficult once it warmed up. Aid … MORE

    Course was an out and back on several major streets where one lane was dedicated to runners. Zero shade on the course made it difficult once it warmed up. Aid stations were not prepared and ran out of water, Gatorade and cups.

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    PeteSinCA Apr 28, 2019 at 4:29pm

    I worked aid station yesterday at a marathon (and posted a Rave). It was perhaps 5 degrees less warm than this one. After every marathoner had been through our station,… MORE

    I worked aid station yesterday at a marathon (and posted a Rave). It was perhaps 5 degrees less warm than this one. After every marathoner had been through our station, we had 12 gallon bottles of water yet unopened, several hundred unused cups, and 2 or 3 unopened containers of electrolyte drink powder. There is no excuse, AFAIC, for aid stations to be running out of liquids, especially for a marathon on a warm/hot day. LESS

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    Windrunner FIRST-TIMER '18

    Once again, a race that calls itself a marathon, yet puts all effort into the shorter races. Two loops of the half course, which is tough mentally. Finishers got 1 … MORE

    Once again, a race that calls itself a marathon, yet puts all effort into the shorter races. Two loops of the half course, which is tough mentally. Finishers got 1 apple, 1 orange, tiny bag of pretzels and a green banana at finish. No beer, no yogurt, no treats. Extremely disappointing. Finish area deserted when marathoners came in. The worst though was all the water/gatorade at aid stations was in tiny Dixie cups filled 1/2 full! Maybe 1 oz of fluid per cup. Major Fail for a marathon. I would have PR’d except I lost at least 10 min at all the water stops trying to get enough fluid combining multiple cups. If the weather would have been hot and humid as expected in springtime Texas, they would have had huge problems! Shirt was blah. Said “Irving” in giant letters, and “marathon” in letters so tiny below you could hardly see it. Same with the medal. For the good: Las Colinas is a beautiful city and the combo of urban streets and wooded trails was nice. Volunteers were great. Hills were few. I would love for this race to be better because N Texas needs more spring marathons and with some tweaks it could be: bigger cups!, more and better food and beverages at finish for full, better shirt, start on time.

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    PeteSinCA Apr 09, 2018 at 11:44am

    Having been on both sides of the aid station table, there's a reason for filling the cup just 1/2-2/3 full, BUT the cup needs to be large enough for that… MORE

    Having been on both sides of the aid station table, there's a reason for filling the cup just 1/2-2/3 full, BUT the cup needs to be large enough for that to be useful. The recovery area food sounds pretty pathetic. A marathon is a lot of work, and just an apple. orange, banana and a few pretzels (great for those whose mouths are dry! Not!)? LESS

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    texasjayhawk13 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Packet pick up was easy to access with free parking. The race is located in a newly developed music center. Access to the race was easy, but parking was paid … MORE

    Packet pick up was easy to access with free parking.

    The race is located in a newly developed music center. Access to the race was easy, but parking was paid only and was supposed to be $8, but on arrival we were told it was $10. They didn’t provide any other parking options, but I’m sure there were other garages available.

    The start of the race could have been better organized. Runners couldn’t hear when their race started and some started late, because later racers were standing int he corrals. The course was easy out and back on city streets. It was well marked and the path was wide.

    Post race activities were plentiful with live music. There was plenty of post race food and water. The medals were awesome and well done.

    Overall not a bad race.

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