1. START: Mile 0 – Intersection of Main Street and Market Street
All runners start together at 8:05 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Dallas, approximately two blocks east of Houston Street. The runners will line up in corrals based on their estimated pace per mile. They will run together for the first 7.5 miles, after which the half marathon runners will turn off the marathon course and head back to downtown Dallas. Main Street will be closed beginning Saturday afternoon, most of the other streets in the north side of downtown should be open. Parking is recommended in surface pay lots and garages in the West End District, Victory Park, and surrounding lots.
2. MARGARET HUNT HILL BRIDGE: Mile 3
After running through the West Dallas loop, the runners will cross over the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge as they head back toward downtown Dallas. The runners will be treated to a spectacular sunrise over the downtown skyscrapers before heading through the design district. Access to parking is available off of Hampton Road and east a few blocks to the area surrounding the racecourse. West Commerce Street, Sylvan and Singleton Boulevard will be closed while the race is taking place.
3. DESIGN DISTRICT: Mile 4.6
Runners will pass through a section of the trendy Oak Lawn design district. A small park in the district’s center serves as a great point to watch both half and full runners travel through the district with Reunion Tower as its backdrop. Parking is accessible via Market Center Boulevard and Irving Boulevard from the north. Oak Lawn Avenue and Dragon Street will be closed while the race takes place.
4. TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN: Mile 5.5
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (the race beneficiary) is going all out: staff members, volunteers, our patient champions and patient families will all be out in force to cheer and encourage the runners as they come up the first hill on the racecourse. Parking is available on Oak Lawn Avenue east of Maple Avenue. Maple Avenue will be closed while the race takes place.
5. TURTLE CREEK AT CEDAR SPRINGS: Mile 6.4
A racecourse favorite, runners will now travel north on Turtle Creek (half marathon runners will return south on Turtle Creek on their way back downtown). Trees lining Turtle Creek will have autumn leaves and other beautiful scenery. Runners will pass by mansions, high-rise condos and office buildings with prestigious addresses. Direct access to Turtle Creek will be restricted, but parking is available along Oak Lawn Avenue. Please do not park in any lots used by area churches.
6. RETAIL SHOPS ON MOCKINGBIRD: Mile 12
Runners on Mile 12 coming from the M Street neighborhoods will make their turn toward White Rock Lake in front of The Shops at Mockingbird. This shopping center is full of friendly restaurants including Fuzzy's Taco Shop and plenty of outdoor space to watch the action. Parking is available in the retail shopping centers located at Abrams Road and Mockingbird Lane. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Mockingbird Lane from Hillside to Buckner Boulevard while the race takes place.
Marathon runners approach Winfrey Point approximately 17.5 miles into their race on the east side of White Rock Lake. Winfrey Point has always served as a great spot to watch runners pass by with panoramic views of the entire lake and tall buildings of downtown clearly visible on the horizon. Winfrey Point is reached via Emerald Isle off of Buckner Drive. Parking is limited at the top of Winfrey Point and at the ball diamonds at the bottom of the hill. Please do not park on the grass; you could receive a ticket if you do.
7. WINFREY POINT Mile 17.5
Marathon runners approach Winfrey Point approximately 17.5 miles into their race on the east side of White Rock Lake. Winfrey Point has always served as a great spot to watch runners pass by with panoramic views of the entire lake and the tall buildings of downtown clearly visible on the horizon. Winfrey Point is reached via Emerald Isle off of Buckner Drive. Parking is limited at the top of Winfrey Point and at the ball diamonds at the bottom of the hill. Please do not park on the grass; you could receive a ticket if you do.
8. DEEP ELLUM: Mile 25.3
Near mile 25 the marathon runners run through Deep Ellum. True to its tradition as an entertainment venue, Deep Ellum will feature plenty of entertaining distractions and bands to keep the marathon runners energized during the final stretch to the finish line. Runners will stay on Canton Street. Access and parking in this area will occur via Elm, Commerce and Main Streets. Canton Street will be closed to traffic during the race.
9. KLYDE WARREN PARK: Mile 10.4 (Half Marathon course)
Just past Mile 10 on the half marathon course, Dallas’s newest urban green space will serve as a prime location for spectators. The 5.2-acre public park in the heart of downtown Dallas is the final landmark half marathon runners will pass on their way to the finish line at the Dallas Convention Center. Parking is available in surface lots in the northeast park of downtown Dallas as well as street metered parking. Olive Street north of Woodall Rogers Freeway and the north side access road along the park will be closed during the race.
10. DALLAS CITY HALL & DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: Mile 26 & Finish Line
Almost home, the full marathon runners run by the front of Dallas City Hall on Young Street. The full, half and relay runners all finish on South Griffin Street on the north side of the Dallas Convention Center. After crossing the finish line runners will be funneled into the Dallas Convention Center to receive post-race attention, and to unite with family and loved ones in Dallas Convention Center’s Hall D. There is a post-race party outside immediately in front of the Dallas Convention Center featuring Team Volkswagen, music, food trucks, and post-race bragging. Because of the downtown race routes, a number of streets in the area will be closed or have restricted access. Parking is recommended on the northeast side of downtown on surface pay lots or in parking garages. Using DART to reach the Dallas Convention Center is highly recommended.