Interesting places- Dallas

At the end of my last post, the race report from Harpagan, I mentioned that the following post will be about a place from across the Atlantic. Indeed, in November I was supposed to travel for a conference to Dallas, Texas. In preparation for this trip I had looked for interesting places where I could go for a run.

Dealey Plaza

Pretty much the only place in Dallas that I consider worthwhile travelling for is the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. It’s a place of interest for history buffs and conspiracy theories fans, as Dealey Plaza is where, on the 22nd of November, 1963, the US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Reconstruction of the 6th floor from where the shots came

The museum is devoted to Kennedy: his road to becoming the president and his presidency itself, his achievements and failures, the assassination and analysis of various theories on who, why, from where shot, how many plotters there were and so on. I found the museum utterly fascinating and I can wholeheartedly recommend it!

The view of the museum from Dealey Plaza. The cross on the street marks the spot where Kennedy got the fatal shot

Katy Trail

Katy Trail

Coming back to running, Dealey Plaza was a walking distance from my hotel and not necessarily a good target for a run. In my preparation I came across Katy Trail. It’s a trail for runners and cyclists that follows an old, disused railroad. It’s 3.5 miles long. The start of the trail was 1.5 miles from my hotel.

On Katy Trail

The trail itself is really pleasant, considering you’re in the middle of a large city. 7 miles, there and back, allows for a decent run without the interruptions of traffic lights and street crossings (ok, you twice have to cross local streets, nothing major). In conjunction with a great infrastructure in the form of regularly spaced drinking water fountains, it’s obvious why it is the place for walks, jogs and bike rides in Dallas.

My run route
Some stats

All the best,

Marcin

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