A common misconception about Texas is that it is just about Cowboys, trucks, and ‘super-sized everything’. On the contrary, Texas has a thriving running scene that rivals even the most active and healthiest states. Whether you are looking for a 5K, Ultra Marathon and anything in between, you can find the race you want in North Texas. Runners in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are perhaps the most fortunate in the state as there is at least one race every single weekend of the year; and in most cases, the hard part is choosing among the many running events on the same day. The DFW area puts on some major races each year that play host to world-class talent. The Metro PCS Dallas Marathon, The Cowtown Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon, and Big D Texas Marathon, are just a few of the ‘can’t miss’ running events of the year in North Texas. Check out the following link to plan your 2015 race calendar: http://www.dfwraces.com. Now the issue of where to train. You don’t have to look far to find amazing running spots in North Texas. Tree-lined neighborhoods, waterfront paths, spacious parks, wooded trails – this region has every kind of running environment you could desire. Here are just a few of the great DFW running areas:
- White Rock Lake in Dallas has a wide 9.33 mile running path along the water and is a hub of activity on the weekends. One of the many perks of this location, is it abuts the exquisite and ‘must-see’ North Texas attraction, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. This lakeside loop is the perfect oasis for the urban runner. For more information, go to: http://www.dallasparks.org/235/White-Rock-Lake.
- River Legacy Parks in Arlington has an extensive trail system along the banks of the Trinity River. Escape the noise in your life and run through this serene wooded area that is meticulously maintained by the City of Arlington. As an added bonus for parents with young kids, don’t miss the one-of-a-kind playground near the parking lot, complete with tree house style play structures and a huge dinosaur skeleton that is sure to inspire future young archaeologists. For more information, go to: https://naturallyfun.org/river-legacy-parks.
- Trinity Trails in Fort Worth has up to 20 miles of crushed limestone gravel for running. From ballparks to country clubs to the downtown Ft. Worth skyline, Trinity Trails provides an ‘easy-on-the-knees’ running surface with great views for miles. For more information, go to: http://www.trinitytrails.org.
North Texas is a runner’s dream. Lace up and get out there!