Running conflict as Dallas, San Antonio hold marathons on same date




Posted on January 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

DALLAS, Texas -- 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.

KVUE's sister station in Dallas 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.