2016 Course Update
March 5, 2016 @ 8:12 AM
Marathon & Half Marathon Runners,
As a part of our ongoing review of flooding along Campion Trails leading up to the April 16th event, the Irving Marathon team completed a site visit on March 2nd. During this review, our team observed a number of locations along the trail which continue to flood. The below link illustrates our findings:
March 2, 2016 Trail Flooding
Following this review, our team met with City of Irving officials to discuss continued release procedures from Grapevine Lake and remediation plans for post-flood damage along the trail system. Also discussed was the likelihood of further flooding as a result of any rainfall between now and April 16th.
Considering all of the information we have collected, we believe that the Campion Trail section used for the Half and Full Marathon events will not be available for the April 16th event.
What does this mean?
Following our January site review, the Irving Marathon team recognized the potential course impact and has been working to certify an alternate route for 2016. We are excited to share that we are in the final stages of completing the USATF certification for the alternate route.
It is very important note that the 2016 Irving Marathon WILL BE a Boston Marathon qualifying event.
While modifying the course prior to the event is not ideal, we are positive this change will provide the safest possible route on race day. Below is a detailed view of the updated route:
In addition to addressing safety concerns, the updated route will also provide additional capacity for 2016; enabling runners to better navigate the course with little to no bottlenecks for the 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon events.
Our team is tremendously grateful for your patience as our team works to develop the most appealing and safest route we can. Over the coming weeks, we invite you to review the updated route prior to the event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Race Director | 2016 Irving Marathon
January 25, 2016
Last week the Irving Parks & Rec department made available for us their initial review of the Campion Trail system as flooding along the Trinity River - Elm Fork begins to subside. From this review they have determined trail sections leading North at the Sam Houston Trail Park will be unfit for use for a significant period of time to under go repairs. Attached is the presentation the department has provided documenting the trail damage.
Based on these findings, the current Marathon course will not be suitable for safe running. As we have monitored flooding along the trail, we have worked to review course options as information becomes available. At present, we believe the southern section of Campion Trails from La Vallita to the Half Marathon turnaround will be available barring any significant damage uncovered as flooding continues to recede. This section would serve to complete the necessary distance for the Irving Half Marathon event. Unless damage is uncovered, the Irving Marathon will run two out and back laps to complete 26.2 miles. To alleviate congestion along the trails with the updated course, we are reviewing start time options. Rest assured, the updated course is USATF certified and satisfies all requirements set by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) for Boston Marathon qualification.
While we are disappointed in the late change, we are fully committed to providing you with a safe course on race day. Below is a link to the updated course for the 2016 Irving Marathon. Included are the Aid Station locations and a detailed view of the updated course. We highly encourage you to become familiar with the course to avoid surprises on race day.
We are very grateful for your patience as we continue our preparations for you on April 16th. If you have any questions pertaining to the course changes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.