Runners plead to enter in half marathon

Runners are "bombarding" White Rock Marathon race director Marcus Grunewald with personal requests for entry in the sold-out Dec. 14 half marathon, but he’s turning them all away. "We want a quality race, not a quantity race," he told the Dallas Morning News. "We care about the runners having a good and safe race." One of the reasons for the half marathon 7,000-runner cap —the course includes a stretch along the Katy Trail which has yet to be tested in a race this large.

Just three weeks until race day, not only is the half marathon registration closed, but also, the main marathon is 75 percent full (as of Nov. 19).

For our neighborhood, marathon day is a big deal and this year promises to be bigger than ever—and not just for the runners. All the local businesses will be boomin’, bands will be playing and people cheering all along the course. You can be a part of it even if you’re not into long-distance running: For the Love of the Lake is looking for volunteers to help out on race day. (Details here.) And if you don’t volunteer, at least get out there and witness the gobs of crazy masochistic athletes pounding the roads — it’s a sight to behold. Here are links to course maps and directions, which will also come in handy if you plan on driving anywhere that morning.

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  • meredith

    “a quality race, not a quantity race”

    THAT is why the White Rock Half/Marathon is such a great race.

  • Mike

    Please consider being a course monitor for this event. It is a win win situation for all. You are doing a great service for the Dallas community counter acting all of the negatives that most people read and see on the news. The runners come from all parts of the country as well as several foreign countries. They are always very vocal and positive about the courtesies extended from everyone involved with the race.

    In most cases, you can choose your preference of time to help or you request a specific location that you want to work.
    No experience is necessary and I can almost 100% guarantee that you will have a great time and a positive feeling for a few hours of fun service.

    BEST OF A . . . where else do you have the opportunity to tell someone where to go and they appreciate it!

    Please join us!!!