Marathon President Patrick Byerly and Board Members Run Course During Live Reveal
DALLAS (Oct. 2, 2014) – The Dallas Marathon organization today announced the course routes for the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay with a fun twist: Dallas Marathon President Patrick Byerly ran the course joined throughout the morning by fellow runners Mark “Hawkeye” Rybczky, a Dallas Marathon board member and KSCS disc jockey, and Dallas Marathon Chairman Kevin Snyder. A Dallas Police Department escort flanked Byerly and the other runners, while the organization provided live social media updates from the course.
The new course for the 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon focuses on enhancing the runner experience and creating more fun and accessible ways for spectators to be engaged on race day.
“We wanted to develop an entertaining and memorable experience for all participants in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon,” said Byerly. “The 2014 course provides new and exciting entertainment destinations for the thousands of runners and spectators who participate on race day and highlights the best areas of Dallas. We’re paying tribute to our race’s history, dating back to 1971, by running at White Rock Lake and also featuring revitalized neighborhoods like Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum. Today’s preview of the course was just the beginning of the fun we expect to have December 14.”
City of Dallas construction necessitated course modification from previous years, as several key areas will be inaccessible on race day. All runners will start in downtown Dallas near the intersection of Young and Griffin Streets, adjacent to Pioneer Plaza. They will pass through Deep Ellum, Uptown and West Village before entering the Turtle Creek neighborhood and running through Highland Park. After crossing through the M Streets, runners will hit Greenville Avenue at the Granada Theater and head south, following the same route as the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the popular Lower Greenville corridor full of restaurants and bars.
Marathon and half marathon participants will run together for the first 9.5 miles. Marathon runners will break off and pass through Lakewood to the “Dolly Parton Hills” and White Rock Lake before returning via the Santa Fe Trail to merge with the half marathon course for the final miles of the race. This is the first year the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon has incorporated the Santa Fe Trail.
All participants approach the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon finish line on a downgrade heading west into downtown Dallas, passing the iconic Dallas City Hall building and seeing Reunion Tower loom ever larger in their view. The finish line is the same as the start line, along Young Street near Pioneer Plaza and adjacent to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
“Runners and spectators will notice that the course is more residential by design this year. We’re bringing the race to the people of Dallas, but doing so in a way that uses new running areas such as the Santa Fe Trail to minimize our overall impact on traffic and street closures,” said Byerly.
Dallas Marathon officials worked with City of Dallas officials, the Dallas Police Department and DART to finalize the race course. The 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon course will be certified to distance by USA Track & Field.
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay is Sunday, December 14. For more information or to register, visit dallasmarathon.com.