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Run This Town: DFW's Biggest Marathons

Serious runners and casual joggers alike know that the best way to tour DFW is on foot.

Perhaps the best way to tour Dallas-Fort Worth is on foot, whether that means running, jogging or walking. There are a number of popular marathon races that happen throughout the year, from serious sprints that runners train all year for to family-friendly strolls where participants value fun over finish time.

The Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon & Relay Race on March 22, 2015, starts and finishes at the American Airlines Center, taking 13,000 runners on a tour of downtown with local bands playing every mile. This year, Billboard chart-topper Eric Hutchinson will play the free post-race concert, which no doubt will include his hit song “Rock and Roll.”

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Runners at last year's Rock 'n' Roll (Courtesy Competitor Group)

Don’t unlace your sneakers just yet: The Big D Texas Marathon is April 12, 2015. Now in its 12th year, the race tours White Rock Lake on a pleasantly flat course.

If people-watching is more your speed, don your best costume on Oct. 31 for Fort Worth’s Monster Dash. A half-marathon, 10k and 5k give everyone a chance to flaunt their creativity.

To help break up the holiday blahs, put the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon on your calendar for the second Sunday in December. Known for years as the White Rock Marathon, this race is Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event, with participating runners coming in from all over the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators.

And its not too early to start training for the 2016 Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, held at the end of February.