The Big D Marathon is rapidly making a name for itself.
Imagine racing among the fragrant roses in the Fair Park gardens, dashing past art deco masterpieces of yesteryear, or rushing by the giant Texas Star Ferris wheel. It’s the unique Fair Park scenery and heritage that will draw over 3,000 runners to the 5th annual Big D Marathon. The event will be held April 6th, starting and ending in the shadow of historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. Participants in the internationally recognized event represent 45 states and 10 countries.
Lewis George, founder and director of the Big D Marathon, believes there is no more gorgeous locale for a marathon. “Fair Park is an unparalleled venue because of its wonderful buildings, trees and gardens. New landscaping along the lagoon adds to the scenery.” So exciting a locale is Fair Park that he signed a 10-year deal when he first established the Big D Marathon. “In addition, says George, “the entire Dallas area is at its height of beauty in early April…covered with flowers like azaleas and tulips. Best of all, it’s not too hot.”
Spring training beats summer sizzle.
The whole temperature issue was what first gave George the idea for a spring marathon. “Most marathons—including the White Rock Marathon in Dallas and the Cowtown Marathon in Ft. Worth—are run in the fall or winter. Training for these races is done mainly in the Texas summer heat. The Big D Marathon is a race folks can train for in the usually mild winters and early spring. Many have also made New Year’s resolutions to rev up their fitness, so the race is a great goal.”
The 26.2 mile course runs from Fair Park to White Rock Lake, through stately Lakewood and then back to Fair Park. Over 25 different charity, scout and school groups will run stations at the event. “We even pay them a $300 base sum to do it,” states Mr. George. “The most imaginative groups can earn up to $400 in bonus money.”
There’s also a Big D Half Marathon and 5K to keep everyone fit and happy. Pre and post events at the Tower Building include food and entertainment.
For more information, visit the Big-D TEXAS marathon website.