Big D


Big D – The name says it all!

This is your opportunity to run one of the most scenic courses in America! Start and end on the historic grounds of the great State Fair of Texas. Begin and end your journey in the shadow of the Cotton Bowl.  You will enjoy the beauty of White Rock Lake and return on the Sante Fe Trail.

In 2003 the Big D marathon was created. At that time there were very few marathons in Texas and we discovered we could get the domain name of So our original name was to be The Texas Marathon. Will we were quickly informed there was already a marathon called Texas Marathon in Houston so we quickly changed our name to the Big D Texas Marathon. Our goal was to have marathon outside the confines of winter time but also be after everyone else so that we would get the leftovers. Our first year we staged only a marathon, 5k & relay. We had 1200 participants. In the ensuing years we found that most runners just referred to us as Big D and we dropped the Texas Marathon part of our name. Now 15 years later we celebrate our 15th birthday. The 5k has not been a part of Big D for years and in honor of our first year we are bringing it back. The relay not so much.

So join us to celebrate our 15th year!

Do Big D!


Big D Event Date:

March 18, 2018

Marathon Fees

$99  through 10/1/2017
$109 -10/2/2017 through 1/4/2018
$119 – 1/5 through 3/4/2018
$130 – 3/5 through race day

Half Marathon Fees
$79  through 10/1/2017
$89 – 10/2/2017 through 1/4/2018
$99 – 1/5 through 3/4/2018
$110  – 3/5 through race day

5k Fees
$32 through 10/1/2017
$37 – 10/2/2017 through 1/4/2018
$42 – 1/5 through 3/4/2018
$45  – 3/5 through race day

No service fees added on!

Stuff Happens is free on any entry made in September! You must check box to get the free.


Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
There are no service fees!


Event Location

Grand Place @ Fair Park (Enter @ Gate 5)

3550 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75218

Event Schedule

Sunday,March 18, 2018

6:30am – Packet Pickup & Late Registration
8:00am – Marathon and Half Start
8:15am – 5k start
8:45am – Post-Race Party
2:30pm – Courses Close

Packet Pickup & Late Registration

Saturday March 17 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Academy Sports + Outdoors Dallas – 8050 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75243 (at Central Expwy next to Home Depot)
Academy Sports + Outdoors Fort Worth – 1701 S Cherry Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76108 (at Bryant Irvin Rd)
Academy Sports + Outdoors West Plano – 3305 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 301, Plano, TX 75093 (at Parker)
Race Day – You may also get your packet race day at the event. Please note that packet pickup will start at 6:30 a.m.

What you get with your entry

  • You see Dallas in spring. It is never more beautiful!
  • The best water stations ever!
  • Mostly Flat fast courses with few turns!
  • Course time limit for both half & marathon – 6 1/2 hours
  • Chip Timing with the chip in the bib
  • Local convenient packet pickup and race day registration & pickup!
  • Ride DART to Fair Park
  • Tons of Free parking at Fair Park and no parking charges to pick up your packet
  • Big D party afterwards