Marathon to bring huge crowds to downtown Dallas Sunday

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 7:06 PM

DALLAS -- Organizers are projecting close to 400,000 people will show up for this year’s MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.

“The nice thing is, it's downtown, it’s an urban area that's used to traffic," said Marathon Executive Director Marcus Grunewald. "The only difference is, it's all day long."

Barricades were already out by Friday. The race starts at 8:05 a.m. Sunday, but marathoners like Danny Bazih aren't taking chances.

“[I'll] probably have to get up like 5 [a.m.] and be here at 5:30, so I’m hoping to beat traffic,” Bazih said.

Bazih is smart enough to carpool with four others to get here. Organizers expect all convention parking lots to fill up by 7 a.m. Others are taking the DART Lines, which will run like on weekdays this Sunday.

Grunewald said convention doors open up at 6 a.m. for people to warm up before heading over to the start line. But if you're not running the marathon, there's 26.2 miles of road you can find to spectate.

Organizers warn against the Woodall Rogers Freeway near Pearl and Olive Streets, and recommend parking near the Arts District.

Grunewald said if runners are scared about missing the start time, do research on Saturday and don’t forget to come early on Sunday.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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