Dallas - The White Rock Marathon, Texas's oldest and largest marathon has a new name, logo, and route. Starting this year, the race will be branded the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.
Along with a new name the race will have a new course. Starting and ending downtown, the route includes crossing the newly completed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Klyde Warren Park. A loop around White Rock Lake continues as a part of the full marathon distance.
According to the organizer's press release, “The new name is indicative of our renewed partnership with the City of Dallas, and consistent with our goal to attract more participants,“ said Kevin Snyder, chairman of the Dallas Marathon board of trustees. “As one of the oldest, largest and best-organized running events in Dallas, we share a mutual desire with the city to highlight Dallas’ spectacular assets to a growing field of visiting and local runners each year.”
Despite the optimism of the race's board of trustees, the majority of the comments to the race's Facebook page are not supportive of the name change.
The 43rd running of the marathon, marathon relay, and half-marathon is Sunday, December 9, 2012. Registration opens June 1, 2012, here.
This year's race capacity is 25,000 runners.