tamtagon wrote:I get why the start and stop is downtown (city hall?), but I think Fair Park is all the way around more suitable.
I've done my share of distance races, including many races at both venues, Quite frankly, City Hall Plaza is one of the greatest race venues in the country. Fair Park doesn't even come close. There's an energy in downtown that Fair Park just doesn't have. Also, once you get out of the Fair Park gates most of the surrounding is rather uninviting, to say the least. Not a good way to show off the city.
Another problem with Fair Park is safety. The packs of wild dogs in the neighborhood aren't exactly runner friendly. Another issue is the local residents. Years ago an east Dallas triathlon tried moving it's bike course to heading southeast past Fair Park. That lasted one year. Multiple participants were injured when drivers ignored the cones, ran into cyclists and kept on going. I've never seen so many ambulances on a course, even at an Ironman.
Hopefully the just-for-fun events will expand into many aspects of fitness and endurance, building interest, participation and prestige for the World Class Marathon.
Dallas will never be considered a world class marathon simply because of topography. The number one feature of the Big Four (Berlin, London, Chicago and Tokyo) is that they are flat and fast. The Dallas course is way too hilly. Compare https://www.bmwdallasmarathon.com/marat ... se-Map.pdf
to https://www.strava.com/running-races/20 ... o-marathon
. Across the entire 26.2 miles the elevation difference between the highest and lowest point in Chicago is 8 meters. In Dallas you've got more than that in the first half mile.