Rock ‘n’ Roll: Runners Take Their Mark for 1/2 Marathon

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DALLAS, TX -- With a damp, chill in the air, thousands of runners took their mark to participate in the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.

The 13.1 miles stretched throughout downtown Dallas. Just before the runners left the starting line, Toyota made an announcement.

"On behalf of Toyota, and our over 30,000 employees in the U.S. and 6,000 currently in Texas, we're proud to announce - Toyota USA is the official vehicle sponsor of the rock and roll marathon series."

And with that, the race was on.

"We have over 13,000 people here on a great day of running through downtown Dallas," race director Seth Nenaber said. "We have some elite athletes that'll finish in just over an hour, an hour and 15 minutes, but then we have some walkers here. that's the beauty of the rock and roll - we have all skill levels."

Every competitor seemed excited and enthusiastic about taking on the challenge.

"I'm running from San Diego to Dallas - here I am," one runner exclaimed.

"We're ready to rock this thing! Whoo! We're ready!" another added.

In the end, it was Emil Dobrowoloski from Poland who finished the half at 1:04:41.  While Dobrowoloski claimed first in the men's division, Lauren Versweyveld of Fort Worth claimed the top spot for the women. Her time: 1:19:14