San Antonio Marathon date moved after conflicting with Dallas Marathon

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM

UPDATE 1/25 9:15 p.m: Competitor Group CEO Scott Dickey released this statement Friday night, saying the date for the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon will be changed. Below is the complete statement:

2013 Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon moves from December 8 to November 17.

“Competitor Group has built a supportive and positive relationship with the Dallas running community, contributing over $200,000 to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children over the past four years and has invested heavily in a partnership with the Dallas Marathon to establish the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon which annually takes place each March."

“After working with our city partners in San Antonio and Dallas Marathon officials, we have shifted the date for the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon to avoid any conflict with the long-standing Dallas Marathon, which annually runs on the second Sunday in December. We never intended to negatively impact the Dallas Marathon and we apologize for the mistake and oversight, as well as any confusion we may have caused runners in San Antonio."

DALLAS -- From the 5k to the full race, more than 23,000 people hit the road for the Dallas Marathon last month. But organizers fear a major switch in San Antonio could hurt attendance.

With two big Texas marathons on the same day, Dallas also might see a loss in economic impact and possibly prestige.

With a new name and a new route in 2012, the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon wanted to carry its unique race into this year on Dec. 8. Soon after, the Dallas Marathon found out the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon moved its event to Dec. 8, too.

"We were pretty surprised, because it doesn't really happen in the industry where you'll have a marathon scheduled on the same date, same state," said Chairman of the Dallas Marathon Kevin Snyder.

Competitor Group, the firm that runs the San Antonio race, said it wanted a date with cooler weather. But at Luke's Locker in Dallas, marathoner Juli Baldwin said the same date is not cool with runners.

"A lot of people plan on running both or they have their plans made and they're conflicted," she said. "They love Dallas and they want to still be there for Dallas, even if its just a relay."

The Dallas Marathon said the joint date is also surprising since it has a contract with Competitor Group in which that company agrees not to sponsor a race in Texas from December to May. A Dallas Marathon spokesperson said they're both in negotiations and hopeful San Antonio will change its date.

If not, Snyder indicates the date disagreement could land in court.

"We will do what we have to do to protect the race and our beneficiary, Scottish Rite Hospital," he said.

WFAA asked Competitor Group for a comment, and if it will be moving the San Antonio race from Dec. 8. They promised a statement, but we haven't received it as of 6:00 p.m. Friday.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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