Operation Preservation

New White Rock Lake festival entices Dallas to race for preservation

New White Rock Lake festival entices Dallas to race for preservation

White Rock Lake
The inaugural Celebration! White Rock race and festival takes place on the evening of April 10. Photo by Kathleen Wilke

Anyone looking for an excuse to run around White Rock Lake already has plenty of options, but now there's a new race in town.

The inaugural Celebration! White Rock takes place Thursday, April 10, and it's designed to let runners appreciate the lake's beauty while ensuring it stays beautiful for years to come.

That's because the race is being organized by the White Rock Lake Conservancy, in association with the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. The conservancy was formed in 2008 with the goal of combining efforts from the city, surrounding neighborhoods and other volunteers to preserve and enhance the lake and its trails.

The race, which gives runners a choice of competing in a 5K or a 10K, circles the lake starting at Winfrey Point. And unlike most races that tend to start in the morning, this one starts at 6:30 pm, letting runners bask in the setting sun.

After the runners finish, they can relax at a festival with live music and other activities. Proceeds from the event benefit improvement projects at White Rock Lake Park, including the Stone Tables and Pavilion and reconstruction of fishing piers, among other things.

Registration for the event is now open and costs $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K.