DRC Half Marathon & 5K
The DRC (Dallas Running Club) Half Marathon, referred to by locals as "The Half", started in 1976 to fill the niche between the 10K and marathon in the local racing scene. The DRC Half looms on the racing calendar as a premier event in the North Texas running community. One of the oldest half marathons in the US, the race is frequented by elites, casual runners, run-walkers and walkers. The weather tends to be quite good on the scenic lakeside course, with some runners pointing specifically for this race, while others use it to guage fitness for a winter marathon.
The race starts at Norbuck Park, at the southeast corner of Northwest Highway and Buckner Blvd. Both the Half Marathon and 5K Course are USATF certified. The Half Marathon course heads along Northwest Highway for the first mile, then turns left on West Lawther Dr. and soon hugs the side of White Rock Lake. Miles 3 to 6 veer away from the lake, then the course returns to the roads circumnavigating White Rock Lake. The course leaves the lakeside with a bit under a mile to go and proceeds to the finish on East Lawther Dr.
The 5K course is an out-and-back loop along the east side of White Rock Lake.