Clear Skies and 50 Degrees Welcomed Runners, Walkers, Families, and Supporters to Friday and Saturday’s BMW Dallas Marathon Festival Events

December 9, 2023

Thousands of Participants Take to Streets of Downtown Dallas on Friday and Saturday

(DALLAS) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – More than 12,800 runners showed up at the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival to participate in the Friday Night Lights event, followed by Saturday’s 10K, 5K, 5K Team, 5K Walk, 100M Dash and the Oncor Kid’s Race – which promotes family health and wellness in the community.

As the official marathon of the City of Dallas and Texas’ longest-running marathon, race weekend is drawing thousands of participants and spectators from around the world, culminating in the half, full and ultra-marathon Sunday morning.

“The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival is proud to offer a variety of races that appeal to those of all ages and fitness levels,” said Charles Peyton, Chairman for runDallas “We always have a great lineup of family-inclusive races that create a challenging and fun experience for everyone.”

10K Winners

Michael Trese, 27, of Irving, Texas, took first place for men in the 10K. The women’s 10K race had an exhilarating finish, with Luciana Bartholomew, 42, of Aledo, Texas taking first place.

10K Wheelchair Winners

Ryan Davis, 14, of Waskom, Texas placed first for men in the 5K Wheelchair division. Heather Sealover, 36, Bossier City, Louisiana, crossed the finish line first for women.

5K Winners

Eli Mcward, 17, of Prosper, Texas, placed first for men in the 5K. Rena Elmer, 41, of Flower Mound, Texas, took first place among the women running the 5K.

Kids’ Races

More than 6,000 kids of all ages took part in the marathon’s annual line-up of family races, including the 100M Dash and the Oncor Kid’s Race. To kick off the Oncor Race, Junior Race Director, King Ibezim sang the National Anthem. Former Mayor Laura Miller made a special appearance to cheer on the kids.

Oncor Kids Race Winners

Josh Hernandez, 17, a senior at Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas placed first for the overall boy’s winner of the race. Also, a senior at Skyline High School, Stefanny Sanchez, 17, took first place for the overall girl’s winner.

Friday Night Lights Mile

The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival hosted its fourth annual Friday Night Lights Mile event yesterday evening, a two-lap Grand Prix style race around Dallas City Hall Plaza. More than 850 participants took part in this fun event that offered eight different heats for seniors, kids, elite runners, walkers, and even those in costume. The elite heat wrapped up the evening, with the winner running the 1-mile course in just under 5 minutes.

Friday Night Lights Mile Winners

Beginner/First Time Miler (Open Age Range)
Steven Gorena, 40, of Carrollton, Texas

Walkers/Costume (Open Age Range)
Steve Jones, 57, of Dallas, Texas

Youth (18 and Under)
Evan Noah, 16, and Evan Martin, 17, both of Rockwall, Texas, tied for first place.

Senior (50 and Older)
Phil Roucoulet, 51, of Simsbury, Connecticut

Masters (Ages 40-49)
Darren Luft, 40, of Mesquite, Texas

Young Masters (30-39)
Evan Baker, 39, of Dallas, Texas

Young Adults (19-29)
Hayden Lightfoot, 28, of Houston, Texas

Elite (Open Age Range; Men: Sub 5-Min/Mile, Women: Sub 6 Min/Mile
CJ Muller, 28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan took first place for the men. Tricia Terry, 32, of Irving, Texas finished first for the women.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Tomorrow, the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival will host the Half, Half Marathon, Full, Ultra Marathon (50K), and Shell Energy Relays starting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information about the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival’s 52nd anniversary running, please visit rundallas.com. For unique story opportunities throughout the weekend, please contact Silver Hogue at Silver.Hogue@hck2.com or at (214) 697-3113.

About Dallas White Rock Marathon

The Dallas White Rock Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. The organization is comprised of 15 volunteer board members and a full-time staff with various backgrounds and running experiences that help carry out the mission of runDallas as support the growth and impact of the runDallas portfolio of events in the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ longest running marathon: the BMW Dallas Marathon. Now in its 52nd running, the marquee event, with 12 event distances to select from throughout the weekend of events, attracts runners from across the globe and tens of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The BMW Dallas Marathon course highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the City of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $4 million to Scottish Rite for Children. For more information, visit rundallas.com.

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