The holidays aren’t the only much-anticipated event in Dallas this time of year. The BMW Dallas Marathon Weekend, which took place Dec. 7-9, is a bona fide December tradition in the city, and few people were as excited to hit the ground running as the team at ACTIVE Network.
The BMW Dallas Marathon at a Glance
The event, which celebrated its 48th anniversary this year, is Dallas’ largest marathon and the longest-running race in the entire state of Texas. The weekend offers many distances to choose from, including a 5K, 10K, relay, half marathon and ultramarathon, in addition to the 26.2 course, so runners of all levels can compete.
Chad Corsentino, a senior account manager at ACTIVE Network, trained for this year’s 10K event and says his participation in the famous race weekend was a long time coming.
“The Dallas Marathon is the marquee endurance event for the city of Dallas,” he says. “The relatively new race director is bringing a new vibe and invigoration to the marathon, and I can’t wait to experience it firsthand.”
Dallas Locals Get in on the Action
The event is especially well-known for its strong community support. Courses take runners through the many vibrant neighborhoods and districts of Dallas and draw crowds of hundreds of thousands of spectators—in fact, it’s not uncommon to find every mile of the course lined with rows of cheering fans.
“All the spectators and volunteers are what really make this event stand out,” Corsentino says. “It’s great to see the community, city officials and runners come together to just have a good time and enjoy the festivities.”
Corsentino was just one of many other ACTIVE runners from numerous departments who ran this weekend. ACTIVE employees could also be found among the spectators and volunteers, as endurance racing is close to the company’s heart.
Aside from the unbeatable race atmosphere, ACTIVE runners say they were also excited for the charitable component, especially with the holidays just around the corner. Since 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated an impressive $3.9 million to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, a local pediatric hospital.