Three Months and One Denial Later, Why, Yes, White Rock Marathon Is Moving to Fair Park

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So, the Friends of Fair Park only jumped the gun by three months when they sent out that tweet concerning the any-time-now announcement "that could really ROCK Fair Park." Friend of Unfair Park Barney Gumble was right all along when he was the first to write in the comments: "I'm thinking that maybe they move the start/finish line of the White Rock Marathon to Fair Park." Ding, ding and ding.

Phil Baker, chairman of the Dallas White Rock Marathon board, denied the change of venue when I asked him about it in February: "At this point, it would be too expensive to move out of Victory Park." But now there's this, per The Official Press Release that just landed in the Unfair Park in-box:
"Over the last 5 years, we've seen tremendous participant growth in our marathon, half marathon and relay," said Phil Baker, chairman of the Dallas White Rock Marathon board. "We need a start and finish location that allows us the space to put on the best race possible for our 20,000+ participants and numerous spectators. Our new venue at Fair Park will also provide us with room to expand as we continue to grow our marathon event year after year."

The move to Fair Park also means an earlier date for the annual marathon, as well as an improved marathon course and a new half marathon course. The 2010 Dallas White Rock Marathon will take place on December 5, 2010.
The entire release follows. Now, for a smoke break.
MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon Moves to Fair Park

Significant growth in marathon, half marathon and relay brings improvements to Dallas' largest single day spectator event

Dallas, TX --The board of MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children today announced major changes to the 40 year-old marathon event. In an effort to meet the needs of the growing number of participants in the marathon, half marathon and relay, the 2010 MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon will move its start and finish to Fair Park.

"Over the last 5 years, we've seen tremendous participant growth in our marathon, half marathon and relay," said Phil Baker, chairman of the Dallas White Rock Marathon board. "We need a start and finish location that allows us the space to put on the best race possible for our 20,000+ participants and numerous spectators. Our new venue at Fair Park will also provide us with room to expand as we continue to grow our marathon event year after year."

The move to Fair Park also means an earlier date for the annual marathon, as well as an improved marathon course and a new half marathon course. The 2010 Dallas White Rock Marathon will take place on December 5, 2010.

"This race was built by runners for runners, and that's why for forty years we've been able to put on an event that combines a flat, fast course with entertainment at every mile, committed volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering our participants across the finish line," said Marcus Grunewald, executive race director. "This move to Fair Park affords us the opportunity to build upon the things that make our marathon great, which will in turn enhance the experience each participant has as they run the Rock."

Marathon officials are currently working with Dallas city officials to designate new race courses for the marathon and half marathon that take runners through diverse areas of Dallas, highlighting the most beautiful and historic sections of the city, including the start and finish at Fair Park, one of the most historic sites in Dallas.

"We're excited about the marathon's move to Fair Park," said Craig Holcomb, president of Friends of Fair Park. "Both entities are Dallas institutions, part of the fabric of what makes our city great. We're looking forward to introducing runners from all over the world to historic Fair Park."

Over the next few months, more information will be announced regarding the course and other new additions to the MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon. For information about the race or its beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, please visit www.runtherock.com.
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