Do you allow MP3 Players and music devices?

The number one question! Look you and I both know there is no way we stop anyone from using their music devices while running a distance event. We do not have a closed course so there will be times when you will be sharing a Dallas city street with cars. We ask you to be alert and be aware of your surroundings. But yes, you can use your MP3 player.

Is there a cap on entries for the Big D Marathon?

We hope that we will not have to cap our event. Historically in the first 10 years we never exceeded 3500 in the marathon and half combined. However, we will probably close registration once we reach 5000 total for the half and marathon. This is the maximum our course can handle and we do want to become an event that has to “corral” you at the start. if you like the “big” mega events and all that goes with that then we are not the event for you.

Are there hotels within walking distance of the start/finish line?

No, the closest hotel is at least several miles away. You will need to drive to the Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl is just 5 minutes from downtown Dallas so any downtown hotel can be selected. You could check DART schedules and take it to Fair Park or ask your hotel if they will provide free shuttle service. There is plenty of free parking within a block of our start/finish line at Fair Park and The Cotton Bowl.

I am coming to the Big D Marathon from another city or state. Which packet pickup location should I choose if I don’t want to wait until race morning?

Unless you are familiar with the city, or have someone local you are staying with, your best choice would be the Academy Sports + Outdoors Dallas.

Is there an expo at the Big D Marathon?

We do not have an expo. We are primarily a marathon that attracts people within a 3 hour drive to Dallas. Expos are created to make more money for the marathon. However in doing so, it requires entrants to make a trip out of their way in a short time frame to get their packets and then no one can get their packets race day. By having no expo we have the freedom to have several packet pickup locations throughout the Dallas area and it also allows us to have pickup and registration race day at the event. For those coming in from other states, we would rather you visit and see all the great things that Big D has to offer. We don’t want your memory of Dallas being a race expo

I noticed the start of both the marathon and half start together at 7:30 a.m. When would be best to arrive?

Read the directions info. Because many of you will never have ventured to Fair Park before, target your arrival time between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Although there are many entrances open to the park this early on a Sunday morning, most people always line up in their cars at the first entrance and everyone falls in line causing a delay. Have a game plan for arrival. There is also a two-block walk from parking to the start/finish line and our host building. For those picking their packet up the morning of, please allow plenty of time

What if I arrive late? Can I start and run the course anyway?

Since the first several miles of the course may not be well marked, we cannot guarantee your ability to stay on course and receive police protection if you arrive and start late. We would not recommend starting more than several minutes after the start time.

Is it possible to drive the course?

You will not be able to drive continuously around White Rock Lake.

What happens if at some point of the half marathon/marathon course I decide I cannot finish?

We will have vehicles on the course to pick up those that feel they must quit. Although they will be roving the course, it will help if you look out for police or volunteers manning the course so they can radio your need for help.

Is there medical help available on the course?

We will have medic bike teams roving the course to aid any medical needs.  All police will have the ability to radio for ambulance assistance if needed.

What sports drink will you be serving and is it available at every water station?

Our sports drink is Gatorade and we will have it available at every water station.

Will there be port-o-lets on the course?

Yes. There will be port-o-lets near most water stations

Is there a place for me to check extra clothing or baggage?

Yes we will have a secure bag check area in our post event main hall, which is 100 feet from the finish line. If you drive to the event, there is an abundance of parking within a block of the start/finish line.

Is there a charge for parking at the event?

We have free parking at Fair Park with plenty of spaces just a block or two from the event. There are limited entrances to the park event morning so allow extra time to arrive. However, if you arrive after 8 a.m. there is a $10 fee to park at Fair Park.

Once I register for the event, will I be sent instructions about the event?

Once you register, if you provide an email address, we will send a pre-race email providing you with all event week information and links you should need. We will not however send you frequent emails leading up to the event. We feel you get enough emails in your inbox without our contribution

If I sign up for the marathon and I later decide to switch and just run the half, is this possible?

You can switch to the shorter distances. However, there will be no refunds made allowing for the lesser fees of the shorter distances.

Is the course flat or hilly?

The Big D courses are mostly flat with only one real hill near mile 3.

What types of running surfaces are on the course?

Asphalt and cement.

Can I run with a running stroller or with my dog?

That would be no. Neither will be allowed on the course of the half marathon and marathon.

What if I cannot attend and participate after entering?

There are no refunds. After the event if you will email the event, we will be happy to mail you your event shirt. However, if you take advantage of the Stuff Happens Program at registration, you can register another event at no cost.

Is this marathon a Boston qualifier?


Are there mile markers?

There will be mile markers at each mile in both races.

Want to track where your friend or family is on the course?

You can download the free app “Find my Friends” through the app store.

Spectator Points:

Note: If you try to re-enter Fair Park after 8 a.m. there will be a $10 charge for parking!

If your family and friends wish to cheer you on along the course, we would recommend the following:

The best places to see marathon runners on the course is at West Lawther & Mockingbird. You can see runners both coming and going there. You will not have access to the east side of the lake. Then also Sante Fe Street runs parallel to a 3-4 stretch leaving the lake going back to Fair Park. For half runners, your best spectator point is at the spillway on White Rock Lake and then also on Sante Fe St next to the street.