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A great day to run the White Rock Marathon

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Credit: WFAA-TV

There were a record number of entrants in the 2009 Dallas White Rock Marathon.

by GEORGE RIBA / WFAA-TV

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Posted on December 13, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 13 at 11:00 PM

I ran the Metro PCS Dallas White Rock Marathon today.

It’s the 24th Marathon that I’ve run, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in some time. It was mainly because of the weather conditions. It was a cool, foggy day and that made for perfect running conditions.

My time was 3:41:47; not my fastest (and certainly not my slowest). Average pace about 8:24, but 4th place in my age group was pretty cool.

Folks showed up in big numbers, maybe the most I’ve seen on the course in some time. No — it’s not like New York or Boston — but it’ll do for Dallas.

Some of my favorite signs along the route included:  “Chuck Norris can’t run 26.2.”

There were a few directed toward Tiger Woods like: “My mom is prettier than Tiger's girlfriend,” or “Toni run, Tiger is chasing you.”

One of my favorite runners was a man with a two-seated stroller with two kids nestled in a blanket. What were the kids doing in their seats? Watching "Santa Claus 3," what else!

I ran with Andi Smith of Dallas for the first 19 miles and Paivahn Kilen from Minnesota for the last six miles or so. Paivahn and her husband picked Dallas as a southern, warm climate run, and told me they enjoyed their stay in Dallas.

I didn’t like the start. It was supposed to be organized by running times. Instead, the mix of relay runners, half-marathon runners and full marathon runners turned the first few miles into a rash of walkers mixed with folks trying to actually run a race. It didn’t work and it’s something organizers need to work out.

Other than that — not bad.

E-mail griba@wfaa.com

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