I recently took up running and am now one of those people that thinks it's (mostly) enjoyable. I stumbled upon the term "runcation" – taking a trip to participate in a run in a new city. Now that I've planted the idea, here's a few annual marathons to plan your next destination run in Dallas.
Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon
5k and half marathon in March
This race takes you through the best of Dallas – Downtown, Deep Ellum, over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and through Oak Cliff. And with nearly a dozen hotels offering deals and discounts to runners, planning for the weekend is simple. The real winner here is the weather; spring has shown its face and runners can bask in the glory of some warm (but not too warm!) days during the Rock 'n' Roll festivities.
Spring is festival season for Dallas, so big events like Dallas Blooms and tons of Spring Break activities are also taking place – perfect for getting in some steps before the race or treating yourself post-run.
Half and full marathons in December
Take a minute to yourself in the middle of the holiday season to run the BMW Dallas Marathon. This one takes place in early December, so it won't interfere with Thanksgiving break or the Christmas festivities. The Omni Dallas Hotel is the official headquarters for the race and it's attached to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, the location of the race's Health & Fitness Expo.
Big D Holiday is in full swing at this time, so the marathon is a great getaway for the whole family. The rest of the crew can enjoy the festivities in Downtown Dallas while you pound the cement. And the event is televised on local channels, so your cheering section can do just that from a cozy indoor spot.
Allstate Hot Chocolate
15k and 5k runs in February
Combine your love for running and sweets at the annual Hot Chocolate run. It starts in Fair Park and passes through East Dallas, Greenville Avenue and the Santa Fe Trail. The post-run party includes a DJ and a ton of chocolate options, including a finisher's mug filled with chocolate fondue and dippable snacks. There's a kids' zone for the little ones, too!
There's always something happening at Fair Park, so check their event calendar to see what else is happening the weekend of the race. The African American Museum is on fair grounds as well and the Deep Ellum neighborhood is a quick bike ride away.
Trinity Levee Run
Fun run, 5k 10k and half marathon in late winter
A run with a view only makes it easier, and the Trinity Levee Run wins the top spot for this. The course includes a run across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (traffic is blocked for the event, so vehicles are not allowed on the bridge) and onto the Trinity River Greenbelt. The runs are part of the bigger "All Out Trinity" event with a market, yoga on the bridge and dance lessons so there's plenty of activities for you to enjoy after the run.
The runs take place just steps from Trinity Groves so the hardest part will be deciding where to eat for lunch. Go for the tastes of Tokyo at Sushi Bayashi or a hearty burger at Off Site Kitchen. You earned dessert, so head to Cake Bar or Kate Weiser Chocolate to get a sweet treat.