I look forward to the DRC Half every year in part for the food at the end. It’s the only race I know of that has bundt cake–and the beer garden features local Lakewood Brewing! This year, I ran as a pacer. It’s a completely different race experience.
Pacing presents challenges of its own. I paced 2:35, and we finished exactly to the hundredth of a second. However, pacing is also about consistency throughout the race–not just a finish time. I learned from my first time pacing how we had to adjust and keep on track each mile. This year was an unusually humid (and record-breaking) hot race day, so I’m glad to have paced without the pressure of racing.
Expo: Local running store Luke’s Locker hosted a small expo with coupons, DRC merchandise and a special store discount for runners. The race shirt this year is one of my new all-time favorites. It’s a soft dry fit long-sleeved shirt in a nice shade of green. The front has a design of White Rock Lake (where the race mostly takes place) with a heart and landmarks.
Weather: Hot and humid in the 80s. These were summer racing conditions but atypical for this race. We did have a nice breeze most of the time, which helped significantly. Typically the weather is much cooler and contributes to many PRs.
Support: Water and Gatorade every few miles plus a really fun unofficial stop around mile 11. The Dallas Dirt Runners hosted Fireball shots and other surprises. Overall, expect great support at every Dallas Running Club event. It’s a completely volunteer organization but full of runners passionate about the sport and supporting other runners. Where the course passes through neighborhoods west of the lake, several families and neighbors came out to cheer.
Course: The course is very familiar to local runners because it mostly loops around White Rock Lake. To make the full half marathon distance, the course extends into some of the hilly neighborhoods west of the lake. Expect the hilliest portions in the first half of the race. The race starts and finishes in Norbuck Park. Prepare to ride the free shuttle to and from the race, since there is no finish line parking on race day.
The DRC Half is a local favorite. Register early for a good deal. The DRC Half is one of the two signature club races. Sign up also for the White Rock ‘N’ Roll 10 miler for a discount and special bonus medal. The DRC Half is a great choice for a first half marathon or an annual personal challenge. It’s also a great introduction to the club itself, which hosts training programs year round.
(Photo courtesy Rico Photo.)