Marathons are tough, no matter how you shake it. But marathons in 80+ temps (add a little sunshine and 30 mph gusts of wind) are a whole different ballgame. Yesterday’s Big D Marathon was just that kind of day. Anyone who ran this, or its half-marathon counterpart, or even gave it a good shot, are total badasses in my book.
The Big D is generally a tough race not only because of the warm Dallas weather but because, in my observations, the organizers don’t do a very good job of publicizing the event — that makes for angry commuters giving off bad vibes, and a pitiful excuse for crowd support.
My parents live in the Lochwood area of East Dallas, and they said they received no notice. Several other neighbors I spoke to verified that they had no warning. There was a drum corps playing nonstop at a water stop in a residential area … 8 a.m. on a Sunday. That’s not good public relations.
Anyway, back to the race: the results are here. Impressively, 700 people managed to finish the whole 26.2 in the allotted six hours. The winning time was 2:51 by Jonathan LeJune, 22. The female winner, Nicole Studer, 29, went 3:15. Those relatively slow winning times ought to give you an idea of the conditions out there. Only 62 of the 700 came in under 4 hours. More photos and reports of grit and studliness after the jump: