Miller is queen o' the 5K


Okay, so what's the deal with marathons? In the last three months, three of my friends began training. Twenty-six miles--do you understand that's like running from my downtown apartment to Coppell? What kind of a new trend is this? Whatever happened to pleasurable, leisurely fads like pretending to be an intellectual at your neighborhood coffee shop or jaunting about with those unmistakable white headphones hanging out of your ears? Then the craze hit even closer to it, actually. I arrived at my parents' house for Thanksgiving, and my dad was reading The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer--Daddy? (Talk about a non-runner.) Why didn't I get the memo that marathon training is the new Pilates? It used to be that marathons were for the freakishly disciplined--the obscure few who chose grilled chicken over a chili dog; Colorado over Cozumel; an Outback over an Audi. Not anymore. Marathons have hit the mainstream. But if you're like me, we had better start small. On Saturday, December 10, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller is hosting the annual Mayor's Race 5K Fun Run and Walk to benefit Dallas Parks and Recreation Youth Programs. The race will begin a block from the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., and snake through historic Oak Cliff. The cost is $5 per entrant and $10 per family. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Call 214-871-7760. --Stephanie Morris

Rock the Rock


People more ambitious (and athletic) than us have been training for months to enter the 36th White Rock Marathon this Sunday. But even if you're not a runner, you can get involved by cheering on your buddy who had the guts to try. Enjoy fireworks and an F-16 flyover at the American Airlines Center as you send him off with the 10,000-plus mob at 8 a.m. Then hustle down with your lawn chair for prime cheering real estate on White Rock Lake, or check out more than 30 musical groups--rock, soul, country, hip-hop and pop--playing at various mile-markers along the 26.2-mile course. We've got our eyes on mile 23, where Pickle, Mercy Service, Mark Cuban Missile Crisis and Rockupational Therapy will be playing. While you wait on your runner, go ahead and dance. You need the exercise. Check out the options at --Glenna Whitley

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