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Dallas Marathon cancellation disappoints runners

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The winter storm that moved into North Texas Thursday and Friday resulted in the Dallas Marathon being canceled, disappointing runners. Race officials are not refunding the entrance fees. Saturday's race, formerly called Dallas White Rock Marathon, would have been its 44th event. It has never before been canceled.

Many runners had already poured into Dallas for the 2013 Metro PCS Marathon, many of whom are from out of state.

It's not the cold weather that shut down the race -- runners are used to that. It's the hazardous ice on the course and sidewalks that make them unsafe to walk on, let alone run on, for 26 miles.

"We've worked hard to do this, and we traveled from Kansas to be here for it," said Bill Phillips.

Liz Wahlberg from Minnesota turned 65 and was hoping to celebrate the milestone in her new running age group with her friend.

"Going on Medicare is nice, but running a half marathon would be way more nice," said Wahlberg.

Despite the letdown, many runners said that they can understand why the event was canceled.  

Runners who were told the bad news Friday as they went to retrieve their race packets were able to pick up their bibs and their marathon t-shirts. Some of them said they're just going to continue training and plan to run the Cowtown Marathon in February.

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