Dallas Marathon Launches Inaugural RunDallas Race Series in Partnership With Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas

    DallasMarathonDALLAS (May 19, 2015) – Organizers of the Dallas Marathon today announced the creation of a year-round race series in collaboration with the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas. The RunDallas Race Series is designed to promote health and fitness in the Dallas community through running and physical activity, a goal collectively shared by each of the participating organizations. The race series will also help increase awareness of these running events in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    “We strive to create fun and memorable experiences through running events, and we’re excited to align with professional sports franchises that share our passion for fitness like the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas,” said Patrick Byerly, president of the Dallas Marathon. “The RunDallas Race Series will help deliver an entertaining lineup of year-round running events for the community to participate in, and will add a new level of energy to Dallas Marathon race weekend each December.”

    To complete the RunDallas Race Series, one must finish a series of four races throughout the calendar year, culminating in the running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or Behringer Relay. 2015 RunDallas Race Series events include:

    • The inaugural FC Dallas Footy 5K and Fun Run presented by VAZATA on July 11
    • Rangers Labor Day Race Presented by Medical Center Arlington on Sept. 7
    • The Mavs Run This Town 5K in October, date TBD
    • The 45th running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or Behringer Relay on Dec. 13

    Upon completion of all four races, participants will earn a special RunDallas Race Series medal, awarded at the Dallas Marathon finish line on Sunday, December 13.

    The FC Dallas Footy 5K and Fun Run Presented by VAZATA will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Proceeds from the event benefit the FC Dallas Foundation. To register for the race, visit FCDallas.itsyourrace.com/register.

    “The Dallas Marathon Run Dallas Race Series is a special partnership that brings together Dallas professional sports teams with the Dallas Marathon to support healthy, active lifestyles, and FC Dallas is proud to be a part of it,” said Dan Hunt, president of FC Dallas.

    Rangers Labor Day Race Presented by Medical Center Arlington will be held at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Tex. The 5K course follows a scenic route through Arlington’s central entertainment district including Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and Six Flags Over Texas. Proceeds from the event benefit the Texas Rangers Foundation. For more information, visit texasrangers.com/race.

    “The Texas Rangers and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation are pleased to again partner with the Dallas Marathon this December. Health is one of the Rangers Foundation’s focuses, and running is one of the best ways to get active. We hope that our fans and the greater community will participate in the Rangers Labor Day Race Presented by Medical Center Arlington, along with the races of the other teams and, of course, the Dallas Marathon,“ said Karin Morris, executive director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

    The second annual Mavs Run This Town 5K benefits the Dallas Mavericks Foundation and will be held in October at American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas. A post-run party featuring live music and giveaways follows the event. For more information, visit mavs.com/mavs5k.

    “The Dallas Mavericks looks forward to continuing its partnership with the Dallas Marathon as a way to get our fans involved in the community and make healthier lifestyle choices. Mavs Run This Town 5K is just the start, as we plan to join forces with other sports teams in the area to provide fun and enjoyable active experiences year-round,” said George Killebrew, executive vice president of the Dallas Mavericks.

    Registration for the 2015 Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and Behringer Relay will open onWednesday, May 20. For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com.

    About the Dallas Marathon
    The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon: the Dallas Marathon. Now in its 45th running, the marquee property attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The Dallas Marathon racecourse highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the city of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.75 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com.

    About the Dallas Mavericks
    The Dallas Mavericks play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and began as an expansion franchise in 1980. The Mavs have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010), two conference championships (2006, 2011), and under the leadership of owner Mark Cuban, Head of Basketball Operations/GM Donnie Nelson and Head Coach Rick Carlisle, the team won its first NBA Championship in 2011. In addition to on-court success, the Mavs are committed to making a difference in North Texas through outreach programs and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation. For more information on Dallas Mavericks players, staff, stats and tickets, please visit mavs.com.

    About the Dallas Mavericks Foundation

    The Dallas Mavericks Foundation is dedicated to building a stronger community by empowering youth, women and families who need us most through financial support, advocacy and service. Established in October 1996, the Mavs Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team. Over the last 10 years, the Mavs Foundation has granted over $2 million to nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in need and created Reading and Learning Centers and basketball courts across the North Texas community. Learn more at MavsFoundation.com.

    About the Texas Rangers

    The Texas Rangers are a member of the American League’s West Division and have been advanced to postseason play in three of the last five seasons, winning consecutive A.L. titles in 2010 and 2011. Now in their  44th season in Texas, the Rangers play their home games at the beautiful Globe Life Park in Arlington, where the club has attracted over 2.5 million fans annually in each of the last five years.

    About the Texas Rangers Foundation
    The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community and provides funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs, and youth education. Celebrating its 24th year, the Foundation has given back more than $13 million to help children in need.

    About FC Dallas
    A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. The professional team plays from March to November at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue hosts Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre Toyota Soccer Center includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields and is home to the organization’s nationally renowned youth development system.

    About FC Dallas Foundation
    The FC Dallas Foundation is the charitable arm of FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium. The foundation strives to positively impact the health and well-being of disadvantaged youth through the sport of soccer. For more information on FC Dallas community and foundation programs, visitfcdallas.com/community.

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