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December 8, 2013, Proclaimed Dallas Marathon Day by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings
MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Recognized as Official Marathon of the City of Dallas

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Posted Wednesday, 15 May, 2013

DALLAS (May 15, 2013) – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings today signed a proclamation designating this year’s date for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon – Dec. 8 – as a citywide Dallas Marathon Day. The proclamation means Dallas City Hall also recognizes the race as the official marathon of the City of Dallas.

“The Dallas Marathon is one of our city’s storied citywide events. In recent years the marathon has contributed millions of dollars to the Dallas economy as runners from across the globe visit our city, stay in our hotels and dine at our restaurants each December,” said Mayor Rawlings. “I’m pleased to commemorate the hard work of race organizers and Dallas City Hall in taking this event to the next level. I encourage all citizens of Dallas to join in race festivities, whether as a participant or spectator, on Dallas Marathon Day.”

The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, formerly the Dallas White Rock Marathon, was founded in 1971 as a 26.2-mile race for runners, by runners, with a first field of 80 participants. Today, the race attracts 25,000 runners and more than 300,000 spectators.

“The goal of the Dallas Marathon is to promote health and fitness in the Dallas community while showcasing the best our city has to offer,” said Kevin Snyder, chairman of the Dallas Marathon board of directors. “We are honored to receive this designation and are excited to continue working with Dallas City Hall to grow and improve our event each year.”

Registration for the 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard, and Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K presented by Oncor will open June 1.

Dates for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon are secured for Dec. 14, Dec. 13, Dec. 11 and Dec. 10, respectively.

To learn more, visit

About the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is a flat and fast race, featuring a scenic course that highlights the best areas of Dallas including the landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava. The race is Texas’ oldest running marathon and serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Race activities occur the second weekend of each December and include a two-day Health and Fitness Expo, the Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K presented by Oncor, and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, and SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard. The Dallas Marathon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; the primary beneficiary of proceeds from race weekend is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit



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