Cowtown officials canceled the marathon and ultra marathon on Saturday, citing safety concerns about the secondary streets in shaded neighborhoods.
The half marathon will start at 8 a.m. Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Runners registered for the marathon and ultra may run in the half, which is the most popular of Sunday’s races.
In an email to participants, Cowtown officials urged runners to use extreme caution traveling to Will Rogers. The Harley Street and Farrington Field parking lots are covered in ice and may not be cleared by Sunday morning.
Organizers said they worked with officials from the city and National Weather Service and determined that the half marathon course would be ready.
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The courses share about the first 10 miles before splitting near the Fort Worth Convention Center. Half marathoners head west on Lancaster Avenue toward the finish lines; the marathon and ultra courses wind through the South Side and past TCU before turning north at Foster Park.
Most of the courses are on the Trinity Trails after Mile 23.
“The safety of Cowtown runners, volunteers and spectators is our top priority,” said Heidi Swartz, Cowtown executive director in an written statement. “The Texas weather is challenging all of us this weekend. We are so grateful to the thousands of runners, volunteers, supporters and local officials who regularly participate in our event. Their dedication, patience and flexibility in times like these are invaluable. We are especially grateful for the support of the City of Fort Worth, for without them The Cowtown would not be possible.”
About 30,000 runners had registered for the weekend’s races.
Saturday’s 5K and 10K races were canceled Friday after more than 2 inches of snow fell across the area. The snowfall was followed by freezing drizzle Friday night and Saturday.
Cowtown organizers said Saturday that those registered for the 5K and 10K races would be able to earn medals in those events by completing a virtual race. Find more details here or on the Cowtown Marathon Facebook page.
An ice storm greeted the 210 runners who showed up in the Stockyards for the first Cowtown marathon in 1979.