Participant Limits | Race Day Schedule | Event Location, Parking, & Directions | Hotel & Travel
Our first two years of the event have been a huge success and sold out more than 3 weeks before race day with 1,000 entrants in each day’s race. With separating the 5K and half/full marathons, we can slightly grow each of those groups of entrants this year.
Our emphasis in the 5K is on newer runners and walkers and families trying to stay active. We definitely want to have entries available for kids who are motivated to do 3.1 miles each day to earn their 5K Challenge Plate!
Within this, we will be limiting the amount of Double 5K for Kids Only, Double 5K for Guardians Only, Double 5K for Adults, and 5K entries tied to a half or full the other day. So some of these may only have 50-100 entries available! The Double Double (double 5Ks and double half or full marathons) will be severely limited so we expect these to go very quickly since people seem excited by this extra challenge.
We reserve right to close a 5K category and then, if another category is not as popular, to reopen and add more entries.
In any combination of half and full marathons each day. Can be double day or single day entries. Remember, doing at least a half marathon each day qualifies you to receive the hefty Challenge Plate. It's supposed to be a challenge, but it's something people can definitely train for, and we want to help you succeed! Our Double Half training plan is 12 weeks long so doesn't even kick off until October 7! With a 6 hour time limit each day, you can train to even run one half marathon and walk the other one!
6:50 am - 5K packet pickup opens
7:20 am - 5K start (multiple start corrals with staggered wave start)
7:30 am - Last wave of the 5K starts
7:30 am - Half and Full Marathon packet pickup opens
8:20 am - Half and Full Marathon packet pickup closes (We close packet pickup early before the race start because many of our packet pickup volunteers are also running the race. We want them to have time to run to the potty and make their final preparations just like our other participants)
8:30 am - 5K course closes (so must be able to complete the 5K in 1hr10min)
8:40 am – Marathon and Half Marathon start
9:00 am (approximately) – 5K awards
11:30 am (approximately) – Half Marathon awards
11:40 am – Those completing their second loop of the marathon (at 13.1 miles) at this time or later will be stopped and given a half marathon finisher medal. We recognize that, at that point, the participant would not be able to finish within the 6 hour time limit.
12:30 pm (approximately) – Marathon awards
1:10 pm – Those completing their third loop of the marathon (at 19.65 miles) at this time or later will be stopped and given a half marathon finisher medal. We recognize that, at that point, the participant would not be able to finish within the 6 hour time limit.
2:40 pm – Course closes
All parking is at the race site. There are enough spots for all the runners in the 3 parking lots of Celebration Park. Get there early to allow enough time for parking, potty lines, and especially extra time if you still need to pick up your packet.
The address for the race site is:
701 Angel Parkway
Here's a map!
Host hotel details and any discounted rates are not available yet.
We have two hotels we recommend. The hotels are not within walking distance of the race site. There are restaurants within walking distance of both hotels.
Hampton Inn & Suites - Dallas Allen
830 West Stacy Road
Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammonds Center
210 East Stacy Road
A car will be needed to get from the hotel to the race site (all hotel options are 2+ miles away). There will be no shuttle service arranged, as we expect the vast majority of attendees to be locals or have rented a car for the trip from the airport.
Allen, Texas is served by two area airports: Dallas-Love Field (DAL) is the smaller one where Southwest Airlines flies out of, and then all other airlines fly through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Directions from DAL Airport to the race site - 30 miles, approx. 45 minutes
Directions from DFW Intl Airport to the race site - 36 miles, approx. 48 minutes