DALLAS — A new route has been approved for this year's Metro PCS Dallas Marathon on December 9.
The White Rock Marathon changed names this spring as organizers looked to garner more international attention.
The half-marathon route has changed the most, with runners going clockwise this year. Participants will spend more time on Cedar Springs Road and in Uptown Dallas.
The full marathon now starts downtown near the WFAA studios on Young Street. The route takes runners 26.2 miles through West Dallas, Turtle Creek, Uptown and the Park Cities.
All runners will cross the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River and will pass through the new Klyde Warren Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
Full marathon runners will hit the east side of White Rock Lake and Lakewood — spending less time on Mockingbird Lane because of complaints — before returning downtown for a finish near City Hall.
"The 2012 course will still offer a flat, fast race with ample entertainment," promised Dallas Marathon executive director Marcus Grunewald.
Proceeds from the race will go to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and it will be broadcast live on WFAA Channel 8.