McKinney High School track coach Keith Pierce, 37, became the third back-to-back winner of the men’s division of the 47th annual Dallas Marathon Sunday. But the real drama was in the women’s division.
Eventual women’s winner Chandler Self, 32, collapsed about a hundred yards from the finish and had to be helped by another racer as she staggered to the finish line. See video of the dramatic finish at WFAA.com (link below).
Neither of the division winners were closely challenged at the finish. Pierce’s time was 2:27:16, about two minutes faster than his winning time last year. He won by about a minute over the runner up. Self’s time to the staggering finish was 2:53:56. She had nearly a three minute lead at the end.
Despite her collapse, Self appeared fully recovered about 20 minutes later when she appeared on TV with the race commentators.
Race officials estimated over 30,000 runners participated in the various running events over the weekend. There was a 5K and 10K Saturday morning, and then a half marathon and the full marathon Sunday morning.