BMW Dallas Marathon Festival Draws Thousands

BMW Dallas Marathon Festival start line
BMW Dallas Marathon Festival start line | Image by runDallas/Facebook

This year’s BMW Dallas Marathon Festival offered something for everyone, drawing more than 30,000 participants and more than 100,000 spectators throughout the three-day event.

The marathon events on Sunday capped off the entire weekend of activities and were the festival’s highlight, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Dallas resident Joseph Hale, 30, won first place in the Full Marathon, men’s division, with a time of 2:24. This was his second win in this event, having previously taken first place in the race in 2021.

“Winning it once was amazing and one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, and winning it again is unexplainable,” Hale said, per Endurance Sportswire.

In the women’s division, another Dallas resident, Jillian Wolf, 31, finished in first place with a time of 2:51. She said she was “ecstatic” about the win, adding that “winning the race today was an unreal feeling.”

The current record holders for the fastest finish in the full marathon event are Moses Kororia in the men’s division, with a time of 2:12:04, and Svetlana Ponomarenko in the women’s division, with a time of 2:29:55. Both records were set in the 2006 iteration of the Dallas Marathon.

Brian Goldsmith, 37, of Las Colinas, earned his claim to fame (pending verification) by running the full marathon in full football gear. He finished with a time of 3:29, beating the previous Guinness World Record of 3:33:42 that was set in 2019. Goldsmith described the event as “something I will look back on as one of the greatest moments of my life.”

In the Half Marathon event, 34-year-old Mitch Ammons of Austin took first place in the men’s race with a time of 1:07.

In the women’s division, 26-year-old Mimi Smith of Dallas took first place for the second year in a row with a time of 1:15.

For runners who believe a full marathon is not enough for one day, the festival offered an Ultra Marathon (50k). Calum Neff, 39, from Fulshear, Texas, took first place overall with a time of 2:58. Yukon, Oklahoma, resident Kristi Coleman, 38, finished first in the women’s division with a time of 3:41.

In addition to the marathon events on Sunday, the festival included 10K and 5K races, team race events, kids’ races, and events for walkers. For a complete list of winners for each event, click here.

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