2023 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival FAQs


When is the 2023 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival?

The 2023 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival will take place December 8th – 10th, 2023.

What time does the race start?
Start time for runners in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K Ultra and the Relays is 8:30 a.m. All participants will be assigned a corral and corral loading time. For a list of Saturday event start times, please click HERE.
What if race day weather is bad?

The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival is held rain or shine. Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, participants will be made aware of these conditions and possible dangers that could result via the BMW Dallas Marathon website, as well as through other means of communication such as e-mail, social media and public-address announcements.

Race officials, in consultation with the city of Dallas, National Weather Service and other officials, will monitor the weather and decide if any action will be taken to modify the race. Visible lightning will cause the race to be delayed.

If the race is canceled, it will not be re-scheduled. BMW Dallas Marathon Festival refunds and/or deferrals will not be made by the Dallas Marathon in the case of inclement weather cancellations.

Is there a Marathon and Half Marathon time limit?

Yes, there is a time limit in both the Marathon and Half Marathon events. Click HERE to read more about it.

Is it possible to run on a relay team and also continue to run the Marathon or Half Marathon?

Yes, you can run both the first leg of the relay race and then continue the marathon or half marathon course. You will need to be entered in both events and wear your relay bib over your Marathon/Half Marathon bib number. Once you finish the first leg of the relay and arrive at the exchange zone, you must remove your relay bib before continuing on with the Marathon or Half Marathon event.

Are there any specific rules that apply to athletes with disabilities wishing to participate?
Yes, please click HERE for a full list of rules. For those atheletes with disabilities who would like to participate in this year’s event, please reach out to marcus@rundallas.com for more information.
How can I confirm my registration for 2023?
You can confirm your 2023 registration by clicking HERE or reach out to us at info@runDallas.com for further questions.
How do I transfer into a different event after I register?
  1. Go to the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival registration page: https://raceroster.com/events/2022/58499/2022-bmw-dallas-marathon-festival
  2. You may need to log in to your Race Roster account: https://raceroster.com/signin
  3. Click on the “Transfer” button on the right-hand side of the screen:
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to change from one event to another.
  5. *If you are registered for the BMW Weekend Series, please email us and let us know which event you would like to change.  BMW Weekend Series transfers must be done manually by a staff member. (info@rundallas.com)
Can I transfer my BMW Dallas Marathon Festival registration to a friend or family member?

No. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number will have their BMW Dallas Marathon Festival results disqualified at the discretion of the Race Director.

Is it possible to switch races?

You may only transfer to a race that has not sold out. You will be assessed a transfer fee and the difference between the current race price and the original price you paid. Please note that registration for any BMW Dallas Marathon Festival event is non-refundable.

You may only participate in the race for which you are registered. For example, if you are registered for the Marathon or Relay you may not run the Half Marathon course. You will receive the finish line medallion for the race bib you are wearing – finishers with Marathon bibs receive a Marathon medal, finishers with Half Marathon bibs receive a Half Marathon medal and Relay team members will receive a Relay medal (after each individual leg).

Can I register by mail?

We do not accept mail-in registration. Registration is only accepted online. Going “paperless” is an environmentally-friendly decision that makes sense for the marathon. In addition to helping our environment, going paperless helps in other ways. Our event is primarily run by volunteers and moving away from mail-in registration frees our time to improve other areas of our race and ultimately donate more time and money to our beneficiary. Thank you for understanding!

Is it possible to get a deferral or refund of my registration fees if I am unable to participate due to injury or an unforeseen circumstance?

Unfortunately, there are no deferrals or refunds in case you are unable to participate for any reason. We are a non-profit organization that benefits Scottish Rite for Children, so the proceeds will go to a great cause!

Will the Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K Ultra and/or Shell Energy Relay event sell out?

Each event is capped and expected to sell out.

Will the new walking events start separately from the running events?

Yes! Our 5K Walk on Saturday, December 9th will start at 8:50 am and our Half Marathon Walk on Sunday, December 10th will start at 9:10 am (Corral E).

Shell Energy Relays

Can walkers participate in the Relay?

Teams can either run or walk the course (or a combination of both) as long as they are able to complete the 13.1-mile course (2-Person Relay) within 4 hours or the 26.2-mile course (5-Person Relay) within 6.5 hours. Each runner or walker will cover between 3 and 7 miles, depending on their relay leg.

Do Relay team members receive t-shirts and medals?

All members of each registered team will receive a participant shirt, a finisher shirt and a relay finisher medal. Both the participant and finisher shirts will be given to the team captain at packet pick-up located at the Expo.

Finisher medals will be handed out at the exchange points and at the finish line to the final runner of each team.

Do all Relay team members need to be at the start line?

No, only the runners that are running the first leg need to go to the start line. The other team members can go directly to the exchange zone points. Please see the ‘Relay Exchange Info’ section HERE to find out locations of each exchange zone.

Packet Pick-up & Expo

Where is the Health & Fitness Expo located?

The 2023 BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo will be held in Hall A at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center located at 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202.

Is the Health & Fitness Expo free to attend?

Yes! Anyone can attend the Health & Fitness Expo in Dallas at no charge.

When and where is packet pick-up?

Packet pick-up will be located at the Health & Fitness Expo during the following dates and times:
Friday, December 8th from 11am – 6pm and on Saturday, December 9th from 9am – 6pm.

All bib pick-up and race packets must be picked up during these times. Packet pick-up is not available on race day.

How does packet pick-up work for Relay Teams?

Only one person will need to pick up the relay team packet. It can either be the team captain or any other member of the team. Be sure to know your team name when you come to packet pick-up.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

No. Due to increased marathon security, every runner must pick up their own race packet at the BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. We will not be able to make exceptions.

Start Line & Corral

When will I know what corral I am in?

Race numbers will be sent via email the Wednesday before race weekend. Your corral assignment will be printed on your race bib that you will receive at Packet Pick-Up. Corral assignments are made based on the estimated finish time that you entered during registration. A corral map will be printed on the back of your race bib, which you will need to pick-up at the Health & Fitness Expo.

What time do I need to be in my corral?

The BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K Ultra Marathon start times will be split into five separate start times based on which corral you are in. This helps start line efficiency and improve the overall runner experience. This information (as well as a map) will be printed on the back of your race bib.

  • Corral A – closes at 8:25 am, starts at 8:30 am
  • Corral B – closes at 8:35 am, starts at 8:40 am
  • Corral C – closes at 8:45 am, starts at 8:50 am
  • Corral D – closes at 8:45 am, starts at 9:00 am
  • Corral E – closes at 9:00 am, starts at 9:10 am

(all corrals open at 6:30am on race morning)

Can I change which corral I start in?

You will only be permitted to move backwards. For example, if you have been assigned corral B, you can start in corral C if you’d like, however, you may not move forward into A.