You can do it! Get the office gang together and run the Dallas Marathon, which benefits the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Are you one of those East Dallas residents who watches the Dallas Marathon from your window each year, telling yourself, “Maybe someday …”

Or maybe you have tried to sleep that Sunday in December, amid sounds of cheers and cowbells in your front yard.

Hey, if you can’t beat those annoying runners and marathon fans, join the jerks! It’s a lot more fun than being grumpy about the whole thing.

Here’s a way to get involved without committing to the entire 26.2 miles: Get the gang at work together and sign up for the Corporate Relay Challenge, which requires each team member to run a relatively moderate 5 miles or so.

The marathon’s website has a training plan that will make it relatively simple for you and your coworkers to prepare for a 5-mile leg of the December 9 marathon.

Race personell say the relay challenge promotes fitness as well as support for the race and its beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, to which the marathon contributed $1 million last year.

“We are always thrilled to encourage greater participation from the business community in our race and in marathon training in general,” Kevin Snyder, chairman of the Dallas Marathon board of trustees says. “Our 5 Months to 5 Miles program is an easy-to-implement regimen for beginning runners and just one example of how our organization is committed to improving the health and fitness of the local community.”

Developed by the Cooper Fitness Center, the program is divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Each level consists of a 20-week program that helps trainees build endurance gradually by walking, running, strength and cross-training and flexibility exercises. The program kicks off Monday, July 23, so get registered, down a bowl of fettucini alfredo and prepare to run.

Winning teams share a purse of more than $30,000 in prize money, which is given to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in the names of the respective corporations. Categories include fastest finishing time, oldest average team age, youngest average team age and most teams from one corporation.

Last year, BNSF Velocity captured the prize for Fastest Corporate Team, their fourth win since the race’s inception. Sewell won the Most Corporate Teams, with 19 finishing teams.

Wondering why the marathon is no longer called the White Rock Marathon? Or why you should care about this race if you’re not a runner?  Check out our July story.

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