Have to miss a medal in the series? You can make it up!

We know that sometimes life gets in the way of going to your favorite race (ours, obviously), but we also know that you’re going to want to collect every medal. So we decided to give you the option to make up a medal if you have to miss one.

The nitty gritty (this ONLY applies to the DRC Half Marathon, 5K runners do not receive a medal):
If you miss one of our medal series races, you can support the young Dallas running community by making a $100 donation to our race beneficiary, the Tal Morrison Scholarship Fund (TMSF).

To make a donation to TMSF, please email Staci Roy, Treasurer, at staci.talmorrison@gmail.com. She will give you instructions for making the donation (check or credit card) and provide you with a tax donation letter as proof of your donation. Please mention that you’re doing the medal makeup in your email.

You must complete the donation before the next race. We will need to have your information before the day of the race following the one you missed – so if you miss 2016, we will need your info before race day in 2017, etc. We can’t store the extra medals forever!

So now when life gets in the way of being able to run the DRC Half, don’t fret that you’ll miss out on our medal series!

Pump House

Pump House Collage

 

The White Rock Pump Station, built in 1911 and renovated in the late 1980s, began dispensing chlorinated water to the residents of Dallas in 1913. In 1929 the lake ceased to be used as a water supply (except for a few years during the drought of the 1950s).

The building, located at 2900 White Rock Road, is presently in use as the Water Operations Control Center of the Dallas Water Utilities.

A Texas Historical Commission medallion is attached to the exterior wall of the building near one of the ground level doors. It reads:

WHITE ROCK PUMP HOUSE

In response to increased population and extended droughts in the early 1900s, this facility was built to provide an additional water supply for the City of Dallas. Designed and built in 1911 by the City Engineering Department, the Renaissance Revival structure features corbelled brick and terra cotta details. Although its use has varied, and much of its original equipment is no longer intact, it remains an important water utility structure.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1989.

 

All information gathered from A Scenic Tour of White Rock Lake.

Winfrey Point

Winfrey Point Collage

 

Offering panoramic views of the entire lake (as well as downtown Dallas, six miles distant), Winfrey Point is named for R. L. (Dick) Winfrey, who served as Dallas Police Commissioner during the second decade of this century. The attractive recreation building that sits atop this hill was designed by Paul E. Pressler and in 1941 Civilian Conservation Corps recruits began constructing it. After the CCC camp was closed in January 1942 due to the outbreak of war, the Dallas Park Board was obliged to take over the work. The structure was completed in August 1942. Like all the recreation buildings located within the bounds of White Rock Lake Park, the Winfrey Point building may be rented for wedding receptions, parties and other functions. (See Dallas Park Dept. Reservations web page.) This is a great spot for a picnic or just to sit and watch the sailboats, the birds or the sun as it sets over the tall buildings of downtown Dallas, clearly visible on the horizon.

From 1942 to 1943, when the Army Air Corps used the old CCC camp as an induction center for new recruits, the building was used as an officers’ club and recreation building. Later, from 1944 to 1945, Capt. Willard Wood, commanding, had his personal living quarters in this building during the period when a German POW camp occupied the former CCC facility.

 

All information gathered from Scenic White Rock Lake – Winfrey Point.

Join DRC!

Want the DRC Member Discount? Join DRC before you register!

 

DRC Stacked Logo

 

DRC members enjoy eight free club races each year, special rates on DRC signature events, access to training programs, and discounts at local retailers. Join now!

 

Still not convinced? See the Member Benefits page for more details on the perks of DRC membership. If you’re curious about our club races, you can take a look at the Club Race Schedule. DRC offers a variety of race distances from 5K to 15K, all for free! Our signature races do cost you money, but as a member you’ll get a special rate: the Trinity River Levee Run (March), the White Rock N Roll (May), and the DRC Half Marathon & 5K (November, but you already knew that!).

 

 

 

Sunset Bay

Sunset Bay Collage

 

This place is surely one of the best spots on the lake to watch a beautiful Texas sunset. A short fishing pier, located directly across the road from the Sunset Inn, is a favorite with anglers hoping to catch a big fish. Frequently, their bait is stolen by turtles which abound in the bay, located at the mouth of Dixon Branch Creek, a sheltered inlet favored by ducks, geese, pelicans and other waterfowl. Not surprisingly, this is also a favorite spot for feeding birds. Children seem to especially enjoy tossing scraps of stale bread to the hungry waterfowl.

Originally called Dixon’s Bay, this section of the park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps using plans drawn by M. A. Burke and Hubert Barry. Burke designed both the Sunset Inn and the caretaker’s cottage that stands immediately behind it. Both buildings were constructed in 1937. The following year, a T-head pier was added. (The one that is there now is probably not the original but occupies roughly the same spot.)

Presently, the old caretaker’s cottage is being used as offices for the White Rock Lake Park Service Center, 830 E. Lawther Drive.

Burke also designed a beautiful, hand carved wooden sign that originally stood on the lawn of the Sunset Inn. During the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, a concession operating out of the building offered parkgoers dinners, drinks, sandwiches and bicycle rentals.

A CCC-built stone water fountain, which ceased to function several years ago, has been converted into a planter. These days it sports a pot of flowers and a plaque that was placed there in 2000 by For Love of the Lake, a local volunteer organization.

At one time, a long, narrow wooden footbridge stretched across the bay, connecting this section of the park with the point on which the Dreyfuss Club stands. This bridge, which straddled an above-water sewer line, was demolished about 1938.

Included in the slide show on this page is a view of some of the new workout equipment, installed nearby, alongside the park’s jogging/cycling path.

All information gathered from Scenic Tour of White Rock Lake – Sunset Bay.

Sponsors

Many thanks to the following sponsors for the 2016 DRC Half Marathon, Relay and 5K!

 

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We would also like to thank our community partners that provide volunteers to make your race day perfect!

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Hillcrest National Honor Society * Camp Gladiator * RunOn! * Luke’s Locker * PlayTri * Richardson Bike Mart * SpeedKidz Elite * Dallas Dirt Runners * Uplift Williams Prep * Spruce HS Softball * North Texas Food Bank * J.L.J. Lemmon, MD

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If you’d like to see your logo in this space, get in touch with us today!

 

 

 

Bath House

Bath House Collage

In 1981, the White Rock bathing beach Bath House, which sat vacant and unused for nearly thirty years, reopened as the Bath House Cultural Center. Today in former locker rooms, where patrons showered after swimming in the lake, the BHCC hosts art exhibits, plays, concerts, and a variety of similar activities. For more information, see the official Bath House web site, where you can obtain information about upcoming events.

Bath House History
In 1930, during the administration of “hot dog”Mayor J. Waddy Tate, a bathing beach, complete with sand, was established on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake. The Art Deco-style bath house seen here was built so that swimmers could have a place to change from their street clothes into their swimming suits and to shower afterward. Refreshment stands, located on the lower level, sold hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks to hungry and thirsty patrons. The structure, designed by the Dallas architectural firm of Carsey and Linskie, is made largely of concrete, covered with white plaster.

A concrete “apron” or slab below the water line, several yards wide and extending out into the lake, made for a firmer footing than the mud and the silt of the lakeshore. On the day the beach first opened, it was only about two-thirds covered, owing to the drought that then prevailed. At that time, the level of the lake was about three feet below the top of the spillway. The apron, along with a concrete diving platform and the light poles that illuminated the swimming area are still in place nearly fifty years later!

In an early attempt to sanitize he water, a four-cylinder motor boat criss-crossed the swimming area at night, dumping “large doses of chlorine” into it. Later, “a pipe and nozzle system which rested on the concrete slab” was used. “With both methods,” remarked a critic, “a chlorine reading taken immediately would register sufficient, otherwise the currents of the lake would take it away.” In short, “an attempt to meet sanitation requirements for White Rock Lake was the same as trying to chlorinate the entire lake waters.”

During the mid-1930s, visitors to White Rock beach could also enjoy a Sunday afternoon music concert performed by Babe Lowry and her all-girl band, the “Rhythm Sweethearts.” The “Sweethearts” also played for the nightly dances at the adjacent dance pavilion. Beach visitors could also watch fireworks bursting over the lake on the Fourth of July, thrill to motorboat races, or attend the “Miss Dallas” beauty pageant, which in 1931 was judged by none other than famed swimming champion and Tarzan movie actor Johnny Weismuller.

White Rock Beach was open each summer for twenty-three years (usually from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, generally June through August) but just as drought led to the creation of the lake itself, so too did it spell the end of this popular recreational spot. Monday, September 1, 1952 was the last day the beach was open to the public. The following year, during a major drought, it became necessary to start using White Rock Lake as a water supply again and although the drought eventually ended, the beach was never reopened. In 1951 Mayor Tate’s widow, Blanche, wrote a poem, which was published in the Dallas Times Herald, recalling her late husband’s role in bringing the beach and bath house to White Rock Lake.

All information gathered from Scenic White Rock Lake Park – Bath House.

Big Thicket

 

Big Thicket Collage

The Big Thicket recreation building is another Civilian Conservation Corps project of the 1930s. For many years, bicycles could be rented here for riding around the lake. Today’s White Rock Lake cyclists (and there are plenty of them) have to bring their own.

On the lawn of the recreation building, overlooking the lake, a comfortable bench and a plaque inset in concrete commemorates Dean L. Eige (1936-1994) and paraphrases a quote by humorist Will Rogers. It reads: “He never ran a mile he didn’t like.”

A plaque donated by the Cross County Club of Dallas (now known as the Dallas Running Club) in 1991 is attached to the building itself. It commemorates Captain Talmage H. Morrison, U.S.N. Retired, founder of the Cross Country Club of Dallas and the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

All information gathered from Scenic White Rock Lake Park – Big Thicket.

Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge Collage

Opened in the spring of 2006, the Mockingbird Point Foot Bridge, which parallels nearby Mockingbird Lane, is one of the latest improvements to White Rock Lake Park. Pedestrians and cyclists no longer have to walk along a narrow path beside a busy road in order to cross from the east to the west side of the lake (or vice versa).

 

All information gathered from Scenic White Rock Lake Park – Mockingbird Point Foot Bridge.