How 10K became 9K

Thank you to the volunteers and partners people that pulled off an amazing last minute change to the 10K course to keep the event going. And thank you to the residents of West Dallas for allowing us to take over their streets on short notice.

And thank you to you! You turned our planned 10K into the funnest 9K in the world! You are pioneers! And it's a safe bet that you scored a 9K PR :) 
Click here to see your results.

The Trinity River Levee Run has had its share of weather related challenges over the years - mud, wind, flooding, cold, more wind, rain... did we mention wind? That's a fun part of this event. The runners who join us each year aren't average runners, they are leaders, running where few others run, showing everyone what is possible with this wonderful green space right in the heart of Big D. These are runners with a Dallas attitude.

But the challenges this year were exceptional. Two weeks of snow, ice, and rain made it impossible to safely keep the 10K course that was designed for this year. The weather had turned parts of the course into a mud pit. 

The decision was made at noon the day before the race that we would not be able to keep the 10K course as planned. We would not be able to safely provide support - most importantly medical aid - along the east side of the Trinity River, a large part of the planned 10K course. 

This was a difficult decision. The 10K course designed for this year was the best in our 11 years, taking advantage of the entire Trinity Skyline Trail, giving runners a taste of the levee tops that this run began on, crossing the new Continental Pedestrian Bridge, and a spectacular finish on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The decision was made to reroute onto Canada Drive. We thank the citizens of West Dallas for allowing us to use one of their major streets on short notice. Due to the short notice we were not able to go far enough on Canada to make it to 10K. Doing so would have blocked homes and driveways.

Here's the course two weeks before the race:

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Here's the course the day before the race

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Maps of the 9K course and the planned 10K courses are below. The 5K course was unchanged.

TRLR 2015 9K
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Thank you to everyone that made this happen.

Cheers!
#runthetrinity

Trinity Revel Run

One of many new events coming to the Trinity is happening on June 15. The Trinity River Revel will include several Trinity River project opening celebrations and a full day of events, including the Revel Run 5K. Come on out and enjoy the first timed running event on the new Trinity Skyline Trail and stay for a fun day of celebrations.

Register for the Revel Run here.

Details on the full day of Trinity River Revel events here.

Picking up the pace

25 days, 11 hours, 45 minutes, 8 seconds to race start!

We are heading into a busy time for race preparations. Saturday we were at a Dallas Running Club race signing up runners (and going for a jog!). Today we had a race site meeting with all the folks representing the organizations that support this race (thanks to Trinity Groves for the hospitality), and a race committee meeting tonight.

Busier times ahead...

All Out Trinity

33 days, 10 hours, 1 minute, 5 seconds to race start!

We're going All Out to make this the place to be on March 1! The Trinity River Levee Run is just the start of a full day of outdoor activities celebrating the Trinity River corridor. Here's an overview from our friends at All Out Trinity:

On Saturday, Mar. 1, outdoor enthusiasts across North Texas will have a
unique opportunity to have fun alongside the Trinity River when All Out
Trinity takes place on and around the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in
Dallas.

Taking place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., All Out Trinity will feature more
than 25 health, sports and fitness-related activities designed to help
participants appreciate the Trinity River Corridor as a new center of
outdoor activity in Dallas.

For the schedule and details on how you may participate in any of these
activities, please visit http://www.allouttrinity.com

A year round event

34 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes, 50 seconds to race start...

So what does it take to put on a race? Participants (you!) partners (City of Dallas, Dallas Running Club, Luke's Locker, Trinity Commons Foundation), volunteers, and meetings, meetings, meetings.

We are fortunate to have an amazing group of partners that make this one of the best running events in the country. Nine volunteers representing these partners meet year round to plan and execute this event. You will see them scurrying around on race day to make sure everything goes off as planned, and it usually does :). But know that race day is merely a few hours of concentrated action that are the result of a year's worth of work (really ten years worth of work since each year builds on the last).

We are also fortunate to have a strong and supportive running community. We know that many of you spend all year preparing for running events - some have been preparing for decades! We want this to be the best event you run in all year. Please tell us how we can improve by stopping one of us on race day, or email us, tweet us, or find us on Facebook.