More than 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2014 GE Irving Marathon starting at 7 a.m. April 5.

The marathon course begins at the copper-clad Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and leads runners to the majestic Campión Trail. Approved by U.S.A. Track & Field, runners will enjoy a completely paved course, free from grass and levees. Six levels of participation are available for this year’s event including the full-and half-marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 mile fun run and the corporate challenge 5K. Participants who complete any timed event will receive a finisher medal.

Events like the Irving marathon are possible because of the city’s work to develop and maintain a world-class running trail for residents and visitors. Last year’s event was classified as a Boston Marathon qualifying event, and event organizers are working to secure the same accreditation for the 2014 event. To support runners who may be tackling their first marathon or simply walking, the course will remain open for 6.5 hours. Marathon participants must be age 15 or older.

Spectators also are welcome to cheer on marathon participants. Choice views for spectators include the start and finish lines, as well as California Crossing Park. Proceeds from the GE Irving Marathon will benefit Our Children’s House at Baylor in Irving.

For more marathon details (e.g., course maps, volunteer opportunities, etc.) or to register as a participant,visit irvingmarathon.com.

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