Race Weekend Information
This page provides key race weekend information for 2023 participants and will be updated throughout the year. All participants will receive an email a few days prior to race weekend with last minute information. Should you have any additional questions, we suggest you visit our FAQ page or reach out to us at email@example.com.
Packet Pick-up Details
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Dallas Convention Center – Hall A
650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202
- Friday, December 8th – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, December 9th – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*No race day packet pick-up
Packet Pick-up Information for the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival
Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Walk & 50K Ultra Marathon
Due to the increase security, every Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Walk & 50K Ultra Marathon participant must show ID and pick up their own packet at the Health & Fitness Expo.
Shell Energy Relays
There is only one packet per relay team. The person picking up the team’s packet must be the team captain or a team member. Only the person picking up the team packet will be required to show ID and the confirmation email (written permission from other team members is not required).
Packet Pick-up Checklist
Here is a checklist of important activities that need your attention at Packet Pick-Up:
- Make sure you make all stops to pick up all packet items: race bib, chip, participant shirt and final instructions
- Don’t forget safety pins
- Check your race bib for accuracy
- Fill out the emergency contact information on the back of your bib
- See the info desk to resolve any questions or issues. Don’t wait until race day to ask for help!
Race Bib Accuracy
When you pick up your packet at the Health & Fitness Expo during the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival weekend, check the information on your perforated finish tag to ensure that it is correct and matches your running number. If there is a problem, report it immediately. The perforated tag is used to verify your information in our records. Take the time to fill out the Emergency Information on the back of your race bib.
How to Wear Your Bib
Wear your race bib on the FRONT of your shirt or shorts so that race officials and finish line personnel can see it. Do not cut or fold your number in any way or place a safety pin in the perforated tag. Officials must be able to see your whole number to know that you are an officially registered runner.
Important Timing Tag Instructions
- ChronoTrack B-Tag timing tags will be attached to the back of your bib for timing
- Do NOT remove the timing tags from the back of your bib
- You MUST wear your bib on the most outer layer of clothing. Do not cover your bib
- Your bib must be clearly visible and worn on the front side of your body
- Do NOT fold your bib
All BMW Dallas Marathon Festival events begin and end in Downtown Dallas at the corner of Marilla St. and S. Akard St. (Dallas City Hall Plaza). Runners will have access to many surface parking lots during race weekend that are within walking distance to the Health & Fitness Expo, start & finish line and post-race party area. However, we strongly recommend taking DART to avoid parking delays.
Runners and spectators can easily travel to the BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, the start & finish line and throughout the run course via DART Rail.
- from the North/Northeast, using the Red Line
- from the North, using the Green Line
- from Irving, using the Orange Line
- from the South, using the Red, Blue, or Green Lines
Stations close to event venue:
- Convention Center Station: Dallas Convention Center and the start & finish line at Dallas City Hall Plaza
Stations close to marathon course for spectator viewing;
- Mockingbird Station (near mile 7)
- White Rock Station (near mile 14.5)
Key Departure Stations
Plano (near Parker Road and Central Expressway/Hwy 75):
- First train leaves at: 4:21 a.m.
- Departures before 7:00 a.m.: 5
- Travel Time to West End: 44 mintues
North Carrollton (near G. Bush Turnpike & I-35):
- First train leaves at: 4:19 a.m.
- Departures before 7:00 a.m.: 6
- Travel Time to West End: 41 minutes
Irving Convention Center (near Hwy 114 & W. Northwest Hwy):
- First train leaves at: 5:19 a.m.
- Departures before 7:00 a.m.: 4
- Travel Time to West End: 33 minutes
When you arrive at your departure station, purchase a “Local Day Pass” from a ticket vending machine (some stations accept credit cards, most only accept cash), good for round-trip service all day. For help figuring out the most convenient route, call DART at 214-979-1111 or visit Dart.org. Plan to arrive at your local station no later than 6:30 a.m. since the DART trains will fill up fast.
To view DART Stations and Rail Lines to the Convention Center, click here: DART Rail System Map.
Gear check will be available for all BMW Dallas Marathon Festival participants on both Saturday and Sunday. Runners will ONLY be allowed to deposit the provided, clear plastic participant bags at the gear check area starting at 6:30 a.m. on race morning. There will be no advance Gear Check. The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival will issue the race-approved bags during packet pickup at the Health & Fitness Expo.
The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
Start & Finish Line Information
All events start and end at the intersection of Marilla St. and S. Akard St. (Dallas City Hall Plaza). Official start times vary for Saturday events (see Saturday Events), but the official start time for all Sunday events is 8:30 a.m. Sunday’s events will consist of five different corral starts.
Corral Information (Sunday Events only)
Race numbers will be sent via Email the Wednesday before race day. Your corral assignment will be printed on your race bib that you will receive at packet pick-up. Corral assignments are made based on your estimated finish time that you entered during registration. Corrals will open starting at 6:30 a.m. on race day and will close and start according to this schedule:
|Corral A||8:25 a.m.||8:30 a.m.|
|Corral B||8:30 a.m.||8:40 a.m.|
|Corral C||8:35 a.m.||8:50 a.m.|
|Corral D||8:45 a.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|Corral E||9:00 a.m.||9:10 a.m.|
* For those wishing to move corrals, you will only be permitted to move backwards. For example, if you have been assigned Corral B, you may move back to Corral C, however, you may not move forward to Corral A.
UCAN Edge Available On Course
This December, UCAN will provide it’s innovative SuperStarch-based energy product in a portable pouch on course at mile 8 and 16.5. The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival is excited to partner with UCAN to offer Edge to our Marathon, Half marathon and 50K Ultra-marathon participants to help fuel them on race day.
What the pros are saying:
“UCAN Edge is a great, portable way to quickly get some slow-burning carbohydrate fuel in during training and races,” says Sara Hall, the 2nd fastest U.S. women’s marathoner in history. “Edge sits really well in my stomach. I don’t even notice it’s there besides the extra energy.”
Aid Station Information
- Mile 2 (HM & M)
- Mile 4.25 (HM & M)
- Mile 5.25 (HM & M)
- Mile 6.5 (HM & M)
- Mile 8 (HM & M)
- Mile 9.25 (HM & M)
- Mile 9.5 (M)
- Mile 10.75 (HM & M)
- Mile 11.25 (M)
- Mile 11.5 (HM & M)
- Mile 12.25 (HM & M)
- Mile 12.5 (M)
- Mile 14.25 (M)
- Mile 15.5 (M)
- Mile 17 (M)
- Mile 18 (M)
- Mile 19 (M)
- Mile 20 (M)
- Mile 22 (M)
- Mile 24 (M)
- Mile 24.75 (M)
- Mile 25.5 (M)
*HM – Half Marathon, *M – Marathon
There will be more than 20 water stops along the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K Ultra Marathon course. All stations will provide water and Gatorade Endurance Formula to runners.
We see you out there putting in the training to get ready for the BMW Dallas Marathon. G Endurance products are created specifically to help tough athletes like you replace the fluids and electrolytes lost when training and racing over prolonged periods. These products are backed by over 50 years of nutrition and hydration research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI). They deliver a 2:1 glucose:fructose blend that helps the body maximize carbohydrate absorption while minimizing GI distress. That means that with each serving, you’ll get the fluids and nutrients you need to dig deeper and work harder. G Endurance Formula will be available on-course at every aid station, delivering the fuel to unlock your best, start to finish.
Marathon & Half Marathon Pace Teams
The Dallas Running Club will provide pacers for both the full and half marathon! The Dallas Running Club Pace Team promises to provide fun and excitement for both first time and experience half marathoners looking to reach their running goals – whether that’s a personal best or just getting across the finish line.
The Dallas Running Club Pace Team will be at the Dallas Running Club booth during the Health & Fitness Expo. Runners are encouraged to stop by to sign up and meet their pacer!
The Pace Team Work
Each Pace Leader will run even splits (every mile will be run in the same amount of time) throughout the race, and following your Pace Team Leader, you’ll cross the finish line under two minutes of your goal time.
The following times that DRC Pacers will be running for the Marathon are:
For those running the Half Marathon, the following times that DRC Pacers will be running are:
Meet Your Pace Leader at the Expo
You can meet your Pace Team Leader before the race at the Health & Fitness Expo. Ask them about their running background, how they fuel themselves during the race, and any other helpful tips.
Where to Meet on Race Day
On race morning you’ll see them lined up according to their pace and holding signs with their finish times. Just fall in with your group and you’re good to go!