Due to the winter storm that has pummeled the northern part of Texas, the Dallas Marathon has made the very difficult decision of cancelling their annual marathon and half marathon. This is never an easy decision for a race director.
Safety of our participants, as well as our volunteers and spectators, is our primary concern on MetroPCS Dallas Marathon race weekend.
We met this morning with officials from the City of Dallas, Dallas Police Department and the Office of Special Events to assess the situation. Due to current weather conditions, and forecasted conditions for Saturday and Sunday, as of today at 12:40 p.m., the decision has been collaboratively made to cancel the 2013 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
We regret that the race will not go on as planned, but are confident this decision is in the best interest of our runners, volunteers, spectators and the general public.
Additionally, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo for Friday and Saturday has been canceled.
The Bryan/College Station Marathon/Half which has been sold out announced that they will be reopening limited registration to make up for deferrals from those unable to travel. According to their website, the following was posted:
This will open up a limited number of spots for other runners who either missed our original registration deadlines or will not be able to make it to other races this weekend because of the inclement weather there. The quantity of these spots will be determined by the number of deferrals we have. They will go on sale at 3pm this afternoon, and be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
Additionally, runners stuck without a race this weekend can look to the 35th Annual Decker Challenge produced by Austin Runners Club. You can check out our preview of the event here: http://texasrunningpost.com/race-coverage/coming-weekend-perfect-decker-forecast-cold-wet-windy/.
Runners can find a full list of events in and around Central Texas this weekend on our calendar at http://texasrunningpost.com/race-calendar/.