- 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K
- Road Race
One of the biggest races I've ever run in! It was a great experience overall--nice swag and well managed. Instead of a t-shirt, all participants got a zip-up fleece jacket which came in very handy. (It was in the 30s F that morning.) The organizers suggested that runners arrive 90 minutes early to allow enough time for parking. Really glad I took their advice! Parking was well-coordinated but it just took a while to get so many people situated.
It's always fun to run through Fair Park, although the immediate surrounding area isn't the most scenic part of Dallas. The aid station volunteers were handing out water and handfuls of chocolate, which I hadn't been expecting! Not surprisingly, the road was also littered chocolate--that must have been quite a site by the end of the 15K! After crossing the finish line, there were tents setup nearby where runners could line up for the signature cup of dipping chocolate and treats. Once again the volunteers were extremely efficient and despite being in the back of the pack, I was in and out of the line in 10 minutes.
If I'm able to run this race again, I will definitely be doing the 15K--the chocolate bar-shaped medal is calling to me!