The 43rd MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, formerly known as the Dallas White Rock Marathon, will take place December 9. The multi-event race offers a marathon, half-marathon and five-person relay through downtown Dallas. Proceeds benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, raising funds to support general hospital care.
The day begins with a wheelchair race at 7:55 a.m., followed by the marathon, half-marathon and relay run at 8 a.m. A Health and Fitness Expo will run concurrently at the convention center, with more than 100 vendors providing merchandise, information and exhibits relating to the running, health and fitness industry.
As the oldest ongoing marathon in Texas, it is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. With record-setting participation the last five years, the field this year is capped at 25,000 total participants, with 6,000 marathon spots, 13,000 half-marathon spots and 6,000 spots for participants in the five-person relay division. Awards are given to the top finishers in 12 categories. Water stations and support personnel are positioned all along the course.
Spectators are encouraged to inspire runners while enjoying activities that include fireworks and confetti to kick off off the race, food and drink vendors and more than 40 bands performing along the course, entertaining runners and spectators.
Location: Main and S. Houston St., at the Old Red Courthouse, Dallas. For more information or to register, visit DallasMarathon.com.