On Dec. 9, 2012, the Dallas Marathon crossed the Trinity River for the first time in its 43 years. Formerly called the White Rock Marathon, the race's 26.2-mile course brought 25,000 runners into West Dallas across the Commerce Street Bridge.
Race participants ran past existing businesses and future developments on West Commerce, Fort Worth Avenue, Sylvan Avenue and Singleton Avenue before leaving West Dallas across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
This 2-mile leg of the race – named the West Dallas Loop – "was party central for the runners and spectators," praised Chuck Dannis, chairman emeritus of the Dallas Marathon.
Key to the festive atmosphere of the Loop was enthusiastic participation from more than 40 businesses and non-profit organizations. 21 charity spectator teams turbo-boosted the positive energy as they "competed" for donations from our partner, the West Dallas Foundation.
Our top charity team winners for 2012 were:
Voice of Hope Ministries (1st Place - $2,000)
Dallas Environmental Science Academy (2nd Place - $1,000)
Mercy Street (3rd Place - $500)
... but we have to tell you, the kids from St. Mary of Carmel and from Trinity River Mission won the hearts of everyone.
Please enjoy these photographs of runners and spectators along the West Dallas Loop. Images taken by Michael Myers Photography.
The two-mile West Dallas Loop featured music and entertainment in eight locations, including this performance by the United Gospel Choir.
Also encouraging runners were: Tiyari Taiko Drum Band; a youth Mötley Crüe-tribute band; the DJ remix truck Durty Laundry: Santa Rosa Mariachi group; Rockupational Therapy; a DJ remix artist at Texas Elite Barbershop; and Saxophonist 'Slimey Lemon' bidding runners adieu as the crossed the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
The mission of the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce is to advance and promote the economic environment for business in West Dallas.