2020 Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon FAQs

General

What is the Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon?

The Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon is a race experience on your own time and your own course (i.e. treadmill, park, neighborhood, etc.). Guests can run or walk the distance they are registered for at a location of their choice between Sunday, December 13th and Thursday, December 31st. While we encourage the distance to be completed in one segment, guests may choose to complete their race distance over multiple days.

What events are available for the virtual BMW Dallas Marathon?

Guests may choose from the 50K Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.

Who can participate in the virtual event?

Anyone can participate! We encourage your friends and family to join you in your virtual event. In fact, we are welcoming runners and walkers from across the globe to take part in the 2020 Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon.

How long will registration be open?

Virtual event registration will be open until an event sells out or through October 31st.

How do I make changes to my current registration?

All runners registered for the 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival may select one of three options:

 

  1. Participate in our BMW Pegasus 50th Challenge where you will take part in both the virtual event taking place December 13th – 31st, 2020 and the in-person event April 30th – May 2nd, 2021. Our 50th Anniversary is so big that it just makes sense to celebrate twice!  By participating in both events, you will receive a total of 4 unique shirts, 2 unique medals, 2 unique bibs, along with 50th anniversary amenities including a sticker, pin and a BONUS running cap. To register for the BMW 50th Pegasus challenge, please follow these steps:
    • Visit the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival registration page HERE
    • Click the blue ‘REGISTER’ button on the right side of the page
    • Under ‘Individual Virtual in December 2020’, select which distance you would like to participate in virtually
    • In the promo code section, input the code your received in your email on October 1st to receive your special $79 add on price
  2. Participate in-person during our rescheduled dates of April 30th – May 2nd, 2021. Runners selecting this option do not need to do anything to their registration as you will automatically be moved to this event if no action is taken.
  3. Convert your registration to run virtually in the Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon taking place December 13th – 31st, 2020.  Runners choosing this option will need to do so by Saturday, October 31st and can do so by:
    • Visit their Race Roster dashboard HERE
    • Click the blue ‘Edit Registration’ button on the right side of the page
    • Under “Do you want to CHANGE your race to the 2020 Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon (Virtual Race Option)?” select “Yes, please change my race entry to the 2020 Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon (held from Dec 13th - Dec 31st)”
    • Click the 'Save and Exit' button once finished
Can I receive a refund?

Registration fees are non-refundable. The BMW Dallas Marathon Festival and the runDallas organization operate as a non-profit with the mission of promoting health & wellness in the DFW area while supporting other non-profit organizations (i.e. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival beneficiary).

Registration fees are critical for runDallas to operate throughout the year, create an amazing event experience you have come to expect, and support local non-profit beneficiaries.

What do I get for running the 2020 Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon?
  • Event experience on your time and on your course
  • Virtual performance blend short-sleeve participant shirt
  • Virtual tri-blend hoodie long-sleeve finisher shirt (event specific; Ultra Marathon, Marathon and Half Marathon participants only)
  • Virtual Finisher Medal (event specific)
  • Virtual Event Bib (event specific)
  • Virtual Event Packet including a 50th anniversary pin, sticker and samples from our sponsors including a raffle ticket for your chance to win a new 2021 BMW automobile!
  • Access to virtual race tracking & results (via Race Roster & RunKeeper)
  • Donation to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
How and when do I get my virtual event packet?

Virtual event packets will be mailed in early December and are expected to arrive to registered guests by Friday, December 11th. When registering, please double check you have entered your valid mailing address with all the necessary information (street address, city, state, zip code and apartment / unit number if applicable). All registered guests will receive the race amenities listed above via mail.

If you have registered for an event and need to make a change to your mailing address, please contact us at info@runDallas.com.

When do I run my virtual event?

Run or walk your race at a time that works best for you between Sunday, December 13th and Thursday, December 31st. Join us on the runDallas Facebook page on Sunday, December 13th at 8:30 AM (CST) for a live start!

How do I choose / create a course for my event?

We recommend choosing a course for your virtual event that is first and foremost safe & free from heavy vehicular traffic and secondly one that you are familiar with. Now whether you would like to challenge yourself by choosing a course that has more inclines / declines, one that has many turns, or one that is on various surfaces is completely up to you. See below a few tips for choosing / creating your course.

  • Map out your course beforehand to ensure an accurate distance
  • Think about any possible hazards or areas that might impede your run / walk
  • Choose a course or area that you are familiar with
  • Complete a training run / walk in the area before your event
  • Plan your rest / aid stops ahead of time
  • If there are many turns on your course plan out how you will remember them
  • Tell friends & family where & when you will be running or walking
  • Stay on top of weather forecasts the days leading up to your event

While we look forward to hosting you on the official 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival course in-person, we do not recommend running or walking our course for your virtual event. The official course is a non-pedestrian course and will not be closed to vehicular traffic in December at any point for our virtual event.

How do I record and submit my time?

We recommend using the Runkeeper app to track & time your run or walk. The Runkeeper app is available on most Smartphones and can be used on an AppleWatch. Other tracking apps and watches may also be used (Garmin, Strava, Map My Run, etc.). Please ensure you accurately record your distance & time or upload a screenshot of your distance & time to your Race Roster dashboard HERE.

On your Race Roster dashboard, select “Add Activity.” On the next screen you will input the date and time of your activity and the distance covered.

If you are participating in a virtual challenge and would like to use the Runkeeper app, an email will be sent to you a week before the virtual event begins. Add your event to your Runkeeper app by clicking the link provided in the email. When you’re ready to participate:

  • Open the Runkeeper app on a mobile device
  • Visit the “start” tab
  • Tap the in-app checkered flag and select your event
  • Follow the prompts to record your participation
Will there be awards for the virtual event?

We will not be offering top finisher or age group finisher awards for the Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon. The virtual event experience is one that is based on the honor system and one that has a large variance in types of terrain and course design amongst guests. With that, we do not feel it is rational to award anyone for their specific performance outside of finishing the event distance. We will however be awarding those who embrace the virtual event through fun new awards! Keep an eye on our social media for daily prizes during the virtual timeframe (December 13th - 31st).

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to offering top finisher and age group awards at the in person 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival.

Can I qualify for the Boston Marathon?

While your virtual course might be the best designed course it is not officially certified, therefore times ran / walked are not eligible to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

What is the BMW Pegasus 50th Challenge?

The BMW Pegasus 50th Challenge is a new & exciting way to experience both the Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon this December and the in person 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival on May 1st - 2nd, 2021. Simply register for an event for the Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon and the in person 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival and receive:

  • All amenities for the Virtual BMW Dallas Marathon (December 13th - 30th)
  • All amenities for the In-Person 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival (May 1st - 2nd)
  • Bonus 50th Anniversary Running Cap
  • Double the Chance of Winning the 2021 BMW Automobile!
What happens if the 50th anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival cannot be held in person?

All registered guests will be automatically be transferred to the virtual running of the 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival starting on Saturday, May 1st. All registered guests will receive their official race bibs, finisher medallions, participant shirts, finisher shirts and Weekend Series jackets (if applicable) for completing virtually the 50th Anniversary of the BMW Dallas Marathon Festival.

2021 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival FAQs

General

When is the 2020 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival?
The 2020 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival has been rescheduled to April 30 – May 2, 2021. For more information about the postponement, please click HERE.
What time does the race start?

Start time for runners in the marathon, half marathon, ultra and the relays is 7:00 a.m. All participants will be assigned a corral and corral loading time.

What if race day weather is bad?

The BMW Dallas Marathon is held rain or shine. Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, participants will be made aware of these conditions and possible dangers that could result via the BMW Dallas Marathon website, as well as through other means of communication such as e-mail, social media and public-address announcements.

Race officials, in consultation with the city of Dallas, National Weather Service and other officials, will monitor the weather and decide if any action will be taken to modify the race. Visible lightning will cause the race to be delayed.

If the race is canceled, it will not be re-scheduled. BMW Dallas Marathon refunds and/or deferrals will not be made by the Dallas Marathon in the case of inclement weather cancellations.

Is there a marathon and half marathon time limit?

Yes, there is a time limit. Click HERE to read more about it.

Is it possible to run on a relay team and also continue to run the full or half marathon?

Yes, you can run both the first leg of the relay race and then continue the marathon or half marathon course. You will need to be entered in both events and wear your relay bib over your marathon/half marathon bib number. Once you hand off the relay wristband at the exchange zone you must remove your relay bib and can then continue with the marathon/half marathon race.

Are there any specific rules that apply to athletes with disabilities wishing to participate?

Yes, please click HERE for a full list of rules. For those atheletes with disabilities who would like to participate in this year’s event, please reach out to marcus@rundallas.com for more information.

Registration

How can I confirm my 2020/2021 registration?

You can confirm your registration by clicking HERE.

Can I transfer my BMW Dallas Marathon registration to a friend or family member?

No. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number will have their BMW Dallas Marathon results disqualified at the discretion of the race director.

Is it possible to switch races?

You may only transfer to a race that has not sold out. You will be assessed a transfer fee and the difference between the current race price and the original price you paid. Please note that registration for any BMW Dallas Marathon Weekend event is non-refundable.

You may only participate in the race for which you are registered. For example, if you are registered for the Full Marathon or Relay you may not run the Half Marathon course. You will receive the finish line medallion for the race bib you are wearing – finishers with full marathon bibs receive a full marathon medal, finishers with half marathon bibs receive a half marathon medal and relay team members will receive a relay medal (after each individual leg).

Is it possible to switch races?

You may only transfer to a race that has not sold out. You will be assessed a transfer fee or the difference between the current race price and the original price you paid, whichever is greater. Please note that any registration for an event that is a part of the 2021 BMW Dallas Marathon Festival (April 30 – May 2, 2021) is non-refundable.

You may only participate in the race for which you are registered. For example, if you are registered for the Full Marathon or Relay you may not run the Half Marathon course. You will receive the finish line medallion for the race bib you are wearing – finishers with full marathon bibs receive a full marathon medal, finishers with half marathon bibs receive a half marathon medal and relay team members will receive a relay medal (after each individual leg).

Can I register by mail?

We do not accept mail-in registration. Registration is only accepted online. Going “paperless” is an environmentally-friendly decision that makes sense for the marathon. In addition to helping our environment, going paperless helps in other ways. Our event is primarily run by volunteers and moving away from mail-in registration frees our time to improve other areas of our race and ultimately donate more time and money to our beneficiary. Thank you for understanding!

Is it possible to get a deferral or refund of my registration fees if I am unable to participate due to injury or an unforeseen circumstance?

Unfortunately, there are no deferrals or refunds in case you are unable to participate for any reason. We are a non-profit that benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, so the proceeds will go to a great cause!

Will the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay sell out?

Each race is capped and expected to sell out.

2-Person Half Marathon & 5-Person Marathon Relays

Can walkers participate in the relay?

Teams can either run or walk the course (or a combination of both) as long as they are able to complete the 13.1-mile course (2-Person Relay) within 4 hours or the 26.2-mile course (5-Person Relay) within 6.5 hours. Each runner or walker will cover between 3 and 7 miles, depending on their relay leg.

Do relay team members receive t-shirts and medals?

All members of each registered team will receive a participant shirt, a finisher shirt and a relay finisher medal. Both the participant and finisher shirts will be given to the team captain at packet pick-up located at the Expo.

Finisher medals will be handed out at the exchange points and at the finish line to the final runner of each team.

Do all relay team members need to be at the start line?

No, only the runners that are running the first leg need to go to the start line. The other team members can go directly to the exchange zone points. Please see the ‘Relay Exchange Info’ section HERE to find out locations of each exchange zone. 

Packet Pick-up & Expo

Where is the Health & Fitness Expo located?

The BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is located at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center (Hall C) at 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202.

Is the Health & Fitness Expo free to attend?

Yes! Anyone can attend the Health & Fitness Expo in Dallas at no charge.

When and where is packet pick-up?

Packet pick-up will be located at the Health & Fitness Expo during the following dates and times:
Friday, April 30th from 11am – 7pm and on Saturday, May 1st from 9am – 6pm.

All bib pick-up and race packets must be picked up during these times. Packet pick-up is not available on race day.

How does packet pick-up work for Relay Teams?

Only one person will need to pick up the relay team packet. It can either be the team captain or any other member of the team. Be sure to know your team name when you come to packet pick-up.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

No. Due to increased marathon security, every runner must pick up their own race packet at the BMW Dallas Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. We will not be able to make exceptions.

Start Line & Corral

When will I know what corral I am in?

Race numbers will be sent via email the Wednesday before race day. Your corral assignment will be printed on your race bib that you will receive at packet pick-up. Corral assignments are made based on the estimated finish time that you entered during registration. A corral map will be printed on the back of your race bib, which you will need to pick-up at the Health & Fitness Expo.

What time do I need to be in my corral?
The BMW Dallas Marathon start time will be split into three separate start times based on which corral you are in. This helps start line efficiency and improve the overall runner experience. This information (as well as a map) will be printed on the back of your race bib.

  • Corral A – 6:55 am, 7:00 am
  • Corral B – 7:05 am, 7:10 am
  • Corral C – 7:15 am, 7:20 am
  • Corral D – 7:15 am, 7:30 am

(all corrals open at 6:00am on race morning)

Can I change which corral I start in?

You will only be permitted to move backwards. For example, if you have been assigned corral B, you can to start in corral C if you’d like, however, you may not move forward into A.