Race: Dallas Marathon

Runner: Alan

Date: 12/10/2017

Location: Dallas, TX

Results: 2:56:09, 28th overall

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1309667511/overview

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. This was the first race I did this year where I woke up from my own bed… so it being close to home was something nice. Oh and I told some of my family that I was doing it so they got to go.
  2. It felt like a big time race but still felt “local”
  3. I love running around White rock lake and we do a loop around it.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Marathoners and Half runners start together so it can be a bit crowded the first few miles.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I loved running through downtown, I felt like a tourist! I need to get out more. I thought I managed the middle miles well. I did a Matt U @ mile 19.

Lessons Learned – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner or yourself on the next time around

Don’t go out too fast since you start on a down hill & there’s a stupid hill at mile 21.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Yeah at mile 21 there a good hill that’ll slow you down a bit but it’s not too long.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Yep, from packet pick up to the finish line I had no issues.

Logistics – Anything special regarding getting to/from the race, hotels around the course, registration…?

It’s a big city so hotels are plentiful. The train station is about a block away from the start; it sells out about a week before.

Weather and typical race conditions

Its Texas… you never know… earlier in the week we were in the mid 80’s and race morning in the mid 30’s, so keep an eye on the weather!

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Yep I saw some friends along the course.

How’s the swag?

Pretty good, event shirt & finishers shirt.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

5/5. Come to Texas!