22,000 Runners Cross the Finish Line this WeekendDuring BMW Dallas Marathon Festival’s 51st Running
(DALLAS) – Cloudy skies presented the perfect running weather for more than 14,000 runners raced through downtown Dallas, stately neighborhoods, and around White Rock Lake – on a course lined with 150,000 cheering spectators – to finish at Dallas City Hall for the 51st year of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival.
“Congratulations to all of our runners who crossed the finish line today in our 51st running,” said Paul Lambert, President of runDallas, the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival’s parent organization. “We are excited to welcome runners from all 50 states and 25 countries around the world to experience our first-class event.”
Texas locals and out-of-state visitors take top honors at the 2022 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival.
Cameron Beckett, 32, of Little Rock, Arkansas, achieved his first, first-place finish with a time of 2:27:01. “It’s a really great atmosphere,” he said. “A lot of supportive fans. They put on a great race and it’s fun to run it.”
Megan Taylor, 26, of Cave Springs, Arkansas., was the women’s first place finisher with a time of 2:45:54. “The people lining the streets are so encouraging,” she said. “I saw so many people all around the lake. The lake was really hard, windy, and kind of lonely, but people were encouraging the whole time and that really helped.”
Carson Vickroy, 29, Tyler, TX, with a time of 1:08:24.“I love the atmosphere that Dallas has this year,” he said. “I don’t live win the Dallas area but I run here quite a bit and this is really special for me. This one is a cool one.”
Meredith (Mimi) Smith, 25, of Dallas, TX, won the women’s half marathon, crossing the finish line at 1:14:51. “I just moved to this area so this race let’s me see a lot of the different parts of Dallas and I love it,” she said. “It’s fun to see everyone out and about and cover distances I’m unfamiliar with.”
Ultra Marathon (50K)
Jeremy Corbe, 27, of France, took first place overall (Men) in the Ultra Marathon 50K (31 miles) with a time of 3:24:09. “I love this race,” he said. “This is very nice weather and it’s lovely to see all of the people lined up cheering. Four years ago I was in a small town in France and now I’m winning a Dallas race. It’s just really amazing.” Neringa Kauliaite, 39, of Fort Worth, TX, took first place overall (Women) category in the Ultra Marathon with a time of 3:42:15. “It was so tough in the beginning, and I wasn’t sure I could do it,” she said. “My husband was so cool and was telling me I could do it and I went for it. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to next year.”
Wheelchair participant, Heather Sealover, participated in the BMW Weekend Series and finished in first place in Saturday’s 10K and Sunday’s half marathon.
- Last Man Running: New Country 96.3, Mark Louis (Hawkeye), was the very last person to cross the starting line on Sunday, Dec. 11, passing as many race participants as possible in an effort to raise money for Scottish Rite for Children. Hawkeye finished with a time of 2:01:51.
The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival has had thousands of participants run its course since 1971, with the record-holders for both the male and female divisions having the title since 2006. The current record in the female division is held by Svetlana Ponomarenko with a time of 2:29:55. The male division record-holder is Moses Kororia with a time of 2:12:04.
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 Cervantes, 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.”
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.
Thousands of 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.
The Health and Fitness Expo, which took place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, saw more than 40,000 visitors.
By the Numbers
A dedicated race staff and thousands of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure both participants and spectators had the ultimate Dallas Marathon experience, which included:
- 10,875 gallons of water and 7,800 gallons of Gatorade
- 20,000 pieces of fruit at the finish line
- 625 gallons of beer to be consumed at the finish line and post-race party
- 112 bags of discarded clothing collected and donated to local charities
For full race results, please visit http://dallas.mychiptime.com/. All times are unofficial until results are verified by race officials.
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 51st 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.