Keep Dallas Observer Free

35th Annual DRC Half Marathon: Our Top 5 Observations

Yesterday marked the Dallas Running Club's 35th annual half marathon, better known simply as the DRC Half. One of the country's oldest half marathons, the DRC's signature 13.1 mile race was first organized in 1976, and this year literally thousands of runners, spectators and volunteers descended upon the trails at White Rock Lake to enjoy the perfect balmy weather along a scenic course with moderate hills and copious sunshine. After the jump are our top five observations, written mostly during mile three when we still had detectable brain activity.

1. Getting smoked by heavily pregnant ladies ought to be against the rules; they're working with a teammate. Not fair. 

2. If you're not wearing neon (shoes, headband, laces or elsewise), why did you even show your face?

3. Despite the fantastic cats from DPD who helped keep the course clear and safe for runners, every race will inevitably feature some crazed douchette in a Beemer honking and almost plowing over defenseless runners. You know who you are, and the entire City of Dallas thinks you're a creep. 

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

4. Trending fad: Facebook tagging oneself at mile-markers. As in, "Brentney Hamilton is at mile 11 ... and she just pooped herself."

5. It's great to run with a group, but be sure to make new friends by asking the wildly bedecked lady beside you where she got her sparkling tutu and by laughing with the three big dudes who click their heels for the camera at mile nine. 

Oh, and as always, thanks to the police officers and volunteers at water stations! They were a built-in cheering section and deserve a little encouragement in return.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.