Dallas will be the Seventh Event for the National Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Marathon® Series, and They Have Prepared Well for You
It will be the third annual Allstate Life InsuranceSM 13.1 Dallas Marathon. For many runners, for a host of reasons, this is their destination city with thousands of dedicated participants and fans across the southwest and beyond. The 13.1 Marathon® Series includes eight events in some of America’s greatest cities, and each includes a 5K; both courses start and end at the impressive ATT Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and run an outstanding course on October 26, 2013.
Posted Saturday, 17 August, 2013
Yes, this exciting series is coming to Dallas, Big “D”, running in Dallas up to Highland Park on an outstanding course which includes several parks and the lovely Turtle Creek Boulevard as well as 3.5 miles on the outstanding resource of the Katy Trail. This is a mostly flat personal-record 13.1 course beginning and ending in the famous Arts District and encompasses some of Uptown and Oak Lawn with miles along North Houston Street and Ross Avenue.
The Katy Trail, if you have not heard of it, is a terrific rail trail and much more. Once the line of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, the MKT or “Katy Line”, this beautiful linear park’s main pathway is a paved, 12-foot wide right of way that includes a soft running track along side. It runs from within a half mile of the gorgeous American Airlines Center (along the course), home of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, all the way up to the Mockingbird DART Station near Southern Methodist University (also near the course). Runners will be on this trail from just beyond seven miles until 10.7. Over 300,000 people live or work within a mile of Katy Trail and they have embraced it fully: “The trains don’t run on Katy Trail anymore—Dallas does.”
The start and finish for both the 13.1 Marathon and the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K will be located at ATT Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, which includes several theaters, a performance hall, an opera house and more. It will be an ideal time to run in Dallas with the average low and high temperature at 55 and 75 respectively; the 7:15 a.m. start for the 13.1 Marathon (7:00 a.m. for the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K) will be very comfortable running weather. And sunrise on October 26 will be 7:40 a.m. with sunset at 6:41 so you will be able to enjoy all that the Dallas area has to offer.
Whether you are from the Dallas-Fort Worth region or want to explore and experience this great city as a running vacation destination, this race is for you!
As with all events in the 13.1 Marathon series, there will be live entertainment along the course and a rockin’ post race party with music and runner-favorite foods and beverages. The courses are USATF-certified, and both have digital clocks every mile. There will be a fantastic finish line festival—hang in for the awards, free beer and massages. The series is known for their attention to detail from beginning to end.
There will be gender-specific technical T-shirts, popular personalized bib numbers (note cut off date), and unique “spinning” custom finisher’s medals for the 13.1 Marathon. There will be 11 hydration stations with both water and sports drinks along with nearby porto-potties near each. Course support will be outstanding.
Check out the excellent course maps, description and profile, and a wealth of information on the Race Website, including registration, packet pick up, awards, accommodations and travel, news, results, photos, contacts, group affiliations and charities, sponsors, volunteer opportunities, course support, closures, tracking, directions and parking, and more. http://www.131marathon.com/dallas
Please register by September 19 and save—there will be an increase in registration fees for both the 13.1 Marathon and the 5K. If necessary, registration will be available on race day at the ATT Dallas Center for the Performing Arts complex, although the 5K is capped at 1,000 and may sell out prior. But why pay more?
The 13.1 Dallas Marathon is the seventh of eight races in the national 13.1 Marathon series. It began in Los Angeles in January, followed by Miami in early March and New York in late March. Then came 13.1 Chicago Marathon in June, followed by 13.1 Boston (September 15), Atlanta (October 6), with this one, 13.1 Dallas (October 26), and finishing with 13.1 Fort Lauderdale (November 10). These eight terrific events have drawn outstanding reviews from the running community. Each includes a 5K in addition to the 13.1 Marathon.
Amenities, Awards and Beyond
It’s a very rewarding race, with gender specific Tech T’s for 13.1 participants and those unique custom finisher’s medals runners can be proud of. There are age groups awards in five-year sets through 75 plus. That’s 84 awards for the 13.1 Marathon and another 84 for the 5K. There are also cash prizes for elite runners.
Team World Vision will be the official/primary charity beneficiary—and those running for Team World Vision will be sporting a cool special running jersey. For the Charity Affiliate Program and charity opportunities, please contact David Scott at DScott@usroadsports.com.
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And of course just about all questions are addressed on the race Website at http://www.131marathon.com/dallas/
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The City of Dallas
Dallas or Big “D” as it is known is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the largest inland metro area in the USA. Dallas was settled in 1841 and incorporated in 1856, and has since annexed several bordering areas. Texas, of course is one of two states which was once an independent republic (Vermont is the other) when it declared independence from Mexico in 1836. Mexico itself was newly independent, having been a Spanish colony until 1821. Texas was admitted as a US State in 1845.
Dallas has about 1.25 million residents and the metro area about 6.3 million, or one quarter of the population of Texas. It is known as a center of Fortune 500 companies, oil and electronics and many other corporate interests; and it is. Dallas has many great restaurants and hotels, glamour and glitz, yes.
However, the city is vast and is dedicated to maintaining green space (including Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban hardwood forest in the country at 6,000 acres and part of the country’s largest urban park) and sports numerous lakes, not generally associated with Texas geography.
And it is a paradise for those loving the outdoors. The generally mild weather allows hundreds of thousands to enjoy all the spaces and facilities Dallas has to offer: The City of Dallas maintains and operates 407 parks on 21,000 acres, including the 267-acre Fair Park, which hosted the huge Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936.
The parks contain 17 lakes, including White Rock and Bachman Lakes, covering 4,400 acres. In and around the parks and lakes there are 63 miles of biking and jogging trails, including the Katy Trail as noted. There are 47 community and neighborhood recreation centers, 273 sports fields, 64 swimming pools, 234 playgrounds, 173 basketball courts, 114 volleyball courts, 257 tennis courts, 257 picnic areas, six 18-hole golf courses, two driving ranges, and 477 athletic fields. Dallas is for runners and active outdoors people of all interests.
The Joppa Preserve, the McCommas Bluff Preserve, and the Cedar Ridge Preserve are all within the Dallas city limits.
Let’s Go Run Dallas
In Dallas every detail is covered so you can relax and enjoy the experience. The music and entertainment along the course will keep you surging, and the staff and volunteers are terrific.
Mark down October 26, 2013, and don’t miss this exciting gem, an experience you will totally enjoy for the course, the locale, the amenities, and for just plain rockin’ fun! US Road Sports is proud to present an event that contributes to the community in so many ways. It’s a race and a party, and for a good cause. Race your PR course and enjoy this unique experience.