Cowtown Marathon sees record-breaking numbers after Dallas Marathon nixed

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 9:04 PM

FORT WORTH -- The Cowtown Marathon is nearly two months away, and the level of interest this year has shattered records.

Cowtown Marathon Executive Director Heidi Swartz told News 8 the number of registrations is 33 percent higher than at this time last year.

"It's possible we could hit our caps by mid-January, I suspect," Swartz said.

That's never happened before for the the Cowtown Marathon, which is scheduled for Feb. 21-23, and it may have the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon to thank. Iced-over roads cancelled the run in Dallas a couple weeks ago.

"We had a group all ready to go. We're all going to do Cowtown now, so it's OK... We'll still have a good time," said Laura Gresens, an avid runner and employee at Fort Worth Running Company.

Gresens is one of many who has switched over to the Fort Worth marathon.

She said it can pose "psychological" hurdles for runners who were geared up and ready for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. But it does give her and other runners another two months to prepare; Swartz said that's caused a lot of runners to graduate to longer races.

The executive director told News 8 there are only 80 spots left in the ultra marathon, the half-marathon is 60 percent full, and the full marathon is 150 spots from hitting a Cowtown record. Caps for the Saturday and Sunday races are 18,000 and 12,000, respectively.

"If it looks like we're getting a huge interest, we have room to open up the cap for the Sunday event a little more," Swartz said.

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