Celebrities will race to raise money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
DALLAS (December 4, 2017) – Country music artist and 2018 Grammy nominee, Jack Ingram will join local media personalities for the 2017 Last Relay Team Running, a contest that helps raise money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the lead beneficiary of the 2017 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon and SMU Cox School of Business Relay, Sunday, December 10. Keeping with the tradition of this contest, the relay team will be the very last to start the race and will aim to pass as many runners as possible as they make their way to the finish line, raising money for each runner they pass.
This is the fifth year of the contest, which has taken various forms since it started in 2012, including last year’s Last Woman running with local meteorologist Colleen Coyle. Each year, local celebrities participating in the competition raise donations for their run from the back of the BMW Dallas Marathon starting line. SMU Cox School of Business Relay participants follow the same course as the BMW Dallas Marathon, with each of five team members completing a four- to six-mile segment of the 26.2-mile race course.
The 2017 Last Relay Team Running includes:
- Jack Ingram, Country singer
- Corby Davidson, The Ticket
- Matt Howerton, WFAA
- Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, KSCS-FM New Country 96.3
- Janelle Brandom, WFAA, DayBreak
Jack Ingram ran his first marathon 12 years ago and since then has maintained a consistent training schedule, even while touring. In fact, Ingram has been known to have his tour bus drop him off several miles away from the concert venue where he is performing and then run there before a show. Last week, Jack Ingram received a 2018 Grammy nomination for, “Tin Man” a song he wrote with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall.
Davidson and Hawkeye competed in last year’s Beat The Press challenge, which originated after their 2015 Dallas Marathon relay team finished eighth overall. Since then, Davidson and Hawkeye have worked with the Dallas Marathon to encourage more people to be involved in friendly competitions on race day.
This is Janelle Brandom’s first time participating in the Last Relay Team Running, but second time racing in the BMW Dallas Marathon, she participated in the half marathon in 2016. Brandom is the Social Media Anchor for WFAA’s DayBreak program and is looking forward to documenting her race day experience on her own social media channels.
A Texas native, Matt Howerton, a reporter with WFAA, is used to running in the unpredictable Dallas climate. This is his first year participating in the BMW Dallas Marathon.
“We’re grateful to have such a fun, positive group of people participating in this year’s Last Relay Team Running challenge,” said Paul Lambert, president of the BMW Dallas Marathon. “We expect runners will enjoy racing alongside a team they recognize from listening to their local radio stations or tuning in to the morning news.”
To join Jack Ingram at the start line, or for more information on the 47th running of the BMW Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or SMU Cox School of Business Relay, visit bmwdallasmarathon.com.
Meet the Last Relay Team Running
Jack Ingram is an American country music artist from the Woodlands, Texas. Ingram’s music has been featured in the Country Top 40 and recognized at the CMT Music Awards and Academy of Country Music. Notable songs include “Barefoot and Crazy,” “Wherever You Are, “and “Love You.” Ingram’s song, “Tin Man”, which he co-wrote with Jon Randall and Miranda Lambert received a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.
Corby Davidson hosts the afternoon drive programs for KTCK The Ticket – Dallas’s most popular sports radio network.
Mark “Hawkeye” Louis is a veteran of the top country radio morning show in Dallas, including more than 25 years at KSCS and a Billboard Magazine Major Market Personality of the Year award. An avid runner, Hawkeye has run several Dallas Marathons.
Matt Howerton is a general assignment reporter for WFAA. Prior to joining WFAA, he worked for KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Janelle Brandom joined the WFAA Team in June 2017 as the Social Media Anchor for DayBreak. She runs the “Morning RE/CUT”, an Instagram story that brings viewers the most pressing news each morning.
About the BMW Dallas Marathon
The Dallas Marathon is a nonprofit organization with a focus on promoting health and physical fitness through running events and related activities. Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ longest running marathon: the BMW Dallas Marathon. Now in its 47th running, the marquee race attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. The BMW Dallas Marathon racecourse highlights iconic Dallas landmarks and is recognized as the official marathon of the city of Dallas. Since naming a primary beneficiary in 1997, the Dallas Marathon has donated more than $3.9 million to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit bmwdallasmarathon.com.
About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation's leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, sports injuries and fractures, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family's ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call 214-559-5000 or 800-421-1121 or visit scottishritehospital.org