BMW DALLAS MARATHON 12.11.16
RACE NEWS AND UPDATES
BMW Dallas Marathon Pro Relay Challenge Partners HOKA ONE ONE Elite Runners with Dallas Pro Sports Teams
DALLAS (Nov. 30, 2016) – Organizers of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay announced today that the 2016 Pro Relay Challenge will feature five professional runners from the HOKA ONE ONE elite program running alongside marathon relay participants from Dallas’ professional sports teams in a friendly competition. For the second year in a row, the BMW Dallas Marathon is the only major city marathon to feature race day competition and partnership among five professional sports franchises.
Joining the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas and Texas Rangers on Sunday, December 11 are five decorated runners who recently competed at the 2016 Olympic Trials and have ran competitively in NCAA collegiate championships, IAAF World Relays and multiple Olympic games. The elite runners include Leo Manzano, Colby Alexander, Kyle Merber, Stephanie Schappert, and Nicol Traynor.
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BMW Dallas Marathon Sold Out at Full Marathon Distance
DALLAS (Nov. 22, 2016) – Organizers of the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay announced today the full marathon has sold out. No further registrations will be accepted for the 46th running of Texas’ oldest marathon. Registration is still open for runners interested in participating in the BMW Dallas Half Marathon or five-person Behringer Relay races held in conjunction with the marathon on Sunday, December 11, 2016.
The BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon & Behringer Relay feature scenic courses passing through Dallas’ most vibrant neighborhoods, with entertaining activations and spectator cheering zones planned from BMW, the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas, Texas Rangers and multiple community groups. Participants in the marathon, half marathon and five-person relay share a common start and finish line in downtown Dallas, and will run the first 9.5 miles of their respective races together.
With the sellout of the Full Marathon, race officials are encouraging interested participants to register for the BMW Half Marathon or Behringer Relay prior to the BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo (December 9-11), as registration for both races are approaching capacity.
Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Desi Linden and Record Holders Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor to Appear at 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon
DALLAS (Nov. 17, 2016) – Two of America’s top competitors from the Rio 2016 Olympics – Desi Linden and Meb Keflezighi – and American record holders Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall headline the elite ambassador field appearing at the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon on Sunday, December 11. Race organizers announced that Linden, Keflezighi, Kastor and Hall will have leading roles in the race’s starting ceremonies, hand out medals to participants crossing the finish line, and be available for photos and autograph signings with fans during the BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo.
For each of the four elite ambassadors, returning to the BMW Dallas Marathon in 2016 carries a personal significance. Keflezighi, Linden and Kastor ran in the Dallas Marathon’s Duo to Rio Relay in 2015 alongside seven other Team USA hopefuls, with Kastor’s team taking the top finisher spot. Two months later, Linden and Keflezighi (along with Dallas Marathon Duo to Rio participant Jared Ward), punched their tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympics with commanding performances at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Linden went on to place 7th in the marathon during the Olympics. For Keflezighi, Kastor and Hall, 2016 marks the third year in a row they have each taken part in Dallas Marathon race weekend festivities. Ryan Hall ran in his last event before announcing a retirement from professional running at the 2015 Dallas Marathon, competing in the inaugural Pro Relay Challenge.
Colleen Coyle is BMW Dallas Marathon’s Last Woman Running
DALLAS (Nov. 16, 2016) – Colleen Coyle, a meteorologist at WFAA-TV News 8, has a big goal at the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon: pass as many runners as she possibly can on her way to the finish line. Race organizers announced Coyle will serve as this year’s Last Woman Running, starting as the very last runner at the back of the corrals on race morning. For each runner Colleen passes during her 13.1-mile run in the BMW Dallas Half Marathon, she will raise additional funds to be donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
This is the fourth year of the contest, which began as the Last Man Running promotion at the 2012 Dallas Marathon. Coyle is the first Last Woman – or female participant – to take on the challenge; each year the race features local celebrities raising pledges and donations for their run from the back of the BMW Dallas Half Marathon start line. A storm chaser by trade and a self-described thrill-seeker, Coyle saw the opportunity to run as Last Woman Running as a great way to pay off her love for running and encourage others to jumpstart healthy habits.
BMW Dallas Marathon Announces “Beat The Press” Relay Challenge
DALLAS (Nov. 10, 2016) – Organizers of the 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay announced a new challenge for all participants registered in the five-person marathon relay division of this year’s event: The Beat The Press relay challenge pits a team of North Texas’ favorite TV anchors, sports broadcasters and radio hosts against the rest of the field in a race to the Behringer Relay finish line.
Behringer Relay participants follow the same course as the BMW Dallas Marathon, with each of five team members completing a four- to six-mile segment of the 26.2-mile race course. On race morning – Sunday, December 11, 2016 – five-person relay teams that run a faster finishing time than the Beat The Press relay team can win exclusive BMW Dallas Marathon and Behringer Relay swag, including running shoes from HOKA ONE ONE. At least the top 10 teams that best the Beat The Press team will receive prizes.
For a full list of 2016 press releases, click HERE.