The dog days of summer are long gone, and that means cooler weather and an uptick in activity. Because it’s always easier to stay on top of a busy schedule when you’re in shape, we’ve compiled a roundup of the best fall races in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Clark Gardens Half Marathon and 5K
Saturday, October 4
This annual run in Weatherford starts and ends in Clark Gardens. Runners take off on paved trails and travel through rolling hills and country roads. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of breakfast burritos and live music.
Cost: $70 for half marathon; $20 for 5K
The Colony Half Marathon
Saturday, October 18
The Colony half marathon is easy on the joints, as most of the course takes place on crushed granite, not concrete. The route starts in Stewart Creek Park and runs past Lake Lewisville via the Colony Shoreline Trail.
Enjoy scenic views of Lake Lewisville from the dam (which is normally closed to the public) on a gorgeous out-and-back course. Half-marathoners get the full dam experience, while 5K participants run through Lake Park.
Cost: $60 for half marathon; $25 for 5K
Michelob Ultra Half Marathon and 5K
Saturday, October 25
The 13.1-mile race has a new route this year and takes runners through the Dallas Arts District, Katy Trail, M Streets and West End. The party — er, race — starts and ends with live entertainment at AT&T Performing Arts Center on Flora Street.
Cost: $80 for half marathon; $40 for 5K
Saturday, October 25
Break out your Halloween costume early for the Monster Dash in Fort Worth. The route starts at Panther Island Pavilion and includes a costume contest and trick-or-treating at water stations in the kid-friendly 5K race.
Cost: $60 for half marathon; $50 for 10K; $45 for adult 5K and $30 for kids 5K
Dallas Running Club Half Marathon and 5K
Sunday, November 2
A serious run for serious runners, the course starts at Norbuck Park in Dallas and loops around White Rock Lake. Once you cross the finish line, enjoy an early morning libation at the beer garden, which opens at 9:15 am.
Cost: $60 for half marathon; $35 for 5K (through September 30)
Saturday, November 8
There’s nothing mini about his 13.1-mile course, except the sponsor. Choose from a half-marathon, relay or 5K. Be part of the inaugural race that hopes to become an annual McKinney event at The Beach in Craig Ranch.
Cost: $80 for half marathon; $35 for 5K
Fort Worth Marathon
Sunday, November 9
The Fort Worth Marathon calls itself the fastest, flat Boston qualifier in North Texas, and we’re inclined to believe it. The certified course begins at LaGrave Field and heads south along the Trinity Trails. After the turnaround in Benbrook, you’re home free.
Cost: $110 for full marathon; $100 for 20 miles; $90 for half marathon; $125 for all distances on race day
December 14, 2014
Although it’s changed its name a few times, the Dallas Marathon has been around for 44 years. Be part of the urban action and race through downtown. Note: The number of participants is capped so register early to guarantee your spot.
Cost: $120 for full marathon; $105 for half marathon; $25 for 5K; $350 for five-person relay team