The Dallas White Rock Marathon board earlier this week voted unanimously to change the location of the start and finish of the December race from Fair Park to Downtown Dallas, near the new convention center hotel.

WRM spokesman Greg Miller tells us that the move allows for a redesign of the race course that will keep staples including the lake and the arts district, but also include new features such as the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Klyde Warren Park.

“While there’s lots of work to still be done finalizing and certifying new courses, the city of Dallas has been very supportive and is excited to help elevate this race into that top tier of major city marathons.”

The marathon, which originated at White Rock Lake has also been held at Victory Park before moving to Fair Park two years ago.

This could be a step in the right direction when it comes to making White Rock a world-class event with economic impact along the lines of New York City Marathon or the Chicago Marathon.

In addition, last week, the marathon board and director announced a $1 million contribution to the race’s beneficiary, The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

This year’s race will be held December 9.