22,000 Runners Cross the Finish Line this Weekend During BMW Dallas Marathon Festival’s 51st Running
(DALLAS) – More than 8,000 runners showed up at the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival to participate in the Friday Night Lights event, followed by the 5K, 10K, and kids’ races – the 100m and the Oncor Kids’ Race – which promotes family health and wellness in the community.
As the official marathon of the City of Dallas and Texas’ longest-running marathon, race weekend is drawing thousands of participants and spectators from around the world, culminating in the half, full and ultra-marathon Sunday morning.
“The BMW Dallas Marathon is proud to offer an array of races that appeal to those of all ages or fitness levels,” said Paul Lambert, President of runDallas. “We’ve got a great lineup of family-inclusive races that create a challenging and fun experience for everyone.”
Ethan Gonzalez,17, of North Richland Hills, TX, took first place for men in the 10K. “I’ve always loved doing the BMW races,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve done the full, half, 10K and 5K before. I was just really ready to get back into this competitive environment. It’s such a rush. BMW always has a great environment.” The women’s 10K race had an exciting finish, with Amani Terrell, 43, of Fort Worth, TX, taking first place.
Gabriel Zambrano, 29, who lives in Fort Worth, TX, placed first for men in the 5K. Autumn Banks 26, of Colorado Springs, CO, took first place among the women running the 5K.
More than 100 kids of all ages took part in the marathon’s annual line-up of family races, including the 100M Dash and the Oncor Kids Race. The event was a special affair for the Johnson family, who brought their children to participate in the fun. Former Mayor Laura Miller made a special appearance to cheer on the kids.
Friday Night Lights Mile
The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival hosted its third annual Friday Night Lights Mile event yesterday evening, a two-lap Grand Prix style race around Dallas City Hall Plaza. More than 800 participants took part in this fun event that offered eight different heats for seniors, kids, elite runners, and even those in costume. The elite heat wrapped up the evening, with the winner running the 1-mile course in just 4.33 minutes.
Friday Night Lights Mile Winners
Joseph Cervantes (running with his son, Vincent Cerantes, 7 years old), of McKinney, TX, took first place in Heat 1 of the Friday Night Lights Mile. “It’s a fast course,” Joseph said. “It was a quick two loops and you’re ready to go. We loved it.” Kim Ream, 40, of Sedalia, MO, placed first in Heat 1 of the Friday Night Lights Mile. “I’ve wanted to run this race for a long time, but I’ve never done a three-day challenge,” Ream said. “This will be the first that I’ve done three days in a row and it was great.”
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Tomorrow, the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival will host the Half, Full, Ultra Marathon (50K), and relays starting at 8:30 a.m.
For more information about the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival’s 51st anniversary running, please visit rundallas.com. For unique story opportunities throughout the weekend, please contact Silver Hogue at Silver.Hogue@hck2.com or at (214) 697-3113.
About Dallas Marathon
The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ longest running marathon: the BMW Dallas Marathon. Now in its 51th running, the marquee event, with 10 event distances to select from throughout the weekend of events, attracts runners from across the globe and tens of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The BMW Dallas Marathon course highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the City of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $4 million to Scottish Rite for Children. For more information, visit rundallas.com.