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Cowtown Marathon and Expo : Fortworth Downtown

Saturday Jan 31, 2009
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Fortworth downtown area relives its legendary heritage this February end. Folks, its time for the annual marathons. Into its 31st year “The Cowtown Marathon and Expo” takes place on Friday, February 27, 2009 to Saturday, February 28, 2009 bang on Sundance Square. Join in the fun from 11.30 am to 8 pm on Friday and 6 am to 2.30 pm on Saturday.

Here’s an opportunity to experience the inspiring sights and sounds of this well known Cowtown event. The place is going to be full of hundreds of people stomping about Fort Worth streets to join this well loved multi-race event. The Marathon, Ultra Marathon and yet some more will have participants pounding along.

The big tent on Chisholm Trail Parking Lot is marked out for fitness enthusiasts to browse and buy the latest fitness wear and health-related products. Oh there’s going to be a whole lot more. Watch out for UNT Health Services Center sponsoring the free health fair on Friday from 4 pm to 8pm at Flying Saucer Parking Lot.

Its a great op to sign up for the run and get ready for jogging or walking! Soon to become an accredited race, serious runners are to promote health and fitness. Fortworth is going to be under the scanner with local and national runners joining in the fray. Established business houses are affiliating to support the sporting event. With UNT Health Science Center, Miller, Fort Worth Star Telegram, KXAS Channel 5, Chase, Radio Shack, and Sundance Square pitching in – you’re going to love being back Where the West Begins.

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Fort Worth : Summertime Recreations

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008
Where the West Begins - Courtesy

Where the West Begins - Courtesy

As you walk out of DFW International Airport and drive into Fort Worth, it is kind of hard to believe that Cowtown, as its popularly called, was a major stop along the cattle-drive-route through Texas. The super duper freeways, the humongous vehicles, the regular drone of hovering aircrafts and the buzz all around acquaints you with this major metroplex. Everything is bigger in Texas for sure.

No less than 15 aircrafts circle the Fort Worth skies at any given point of time. It is after all the aviation hub of USA. All the same its a strange mix of cosmopolitanism and earthy rootedness. The laid-back relaxed atmosphere of this small-size city exudes quiet money, verily making you recall the fabulous lives of wealthy Texan cattle barons. Hiiiii Yah! You’re actually in cowboy land, of open spaces, stetsons, long horns and the great American spirit.

Talking of quiet money, you might be surprised to learn that Fort Worth, besides Washington DC is the only other city in the U.S. printing paper currency. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces billions of notes annually, each with a minute FW on the front. 45-minute weekday tours educate visitors about watermarks and color-shifting ink on the American dollar.

The city has enviable historic resources including charming bungalows, grand mansions, signature civic buildings, magnificent religious institutions and elegant bridges. Each year more than two million visitors come to the Cultural District from all over the world, where the beer is still served in quaint goblets and platters of pork ribs and barbecued chicken are traditional fare. You just feel at home, instantly.

The culture center is minutes away from the busy downtown Fort Worth. Tree lined avenues paved with bricks and surrounded by manicured grounds are enlivened by the bustle of shops and restaurants. The Cultural District is home to the wonderful Will Rogers Memorial Center. It also provides an exposition to Old World and New World art masterpieces, science and cultural exhibits along with performance art theaters.

Fort Worth abounds with sights, sounds, and things to do with remarkably well organized entertainment for visitors. Summer recreations abound. Not to be missed is the free urban white-water course having Class II and III rapids after a rain. Or you might just simply love to gather outside the Museum of Science and History for free star gazing to enjoy the starry nights.Take a breather at the refreshing Fort Worth Water Gardens, offering 4 acres of water cascading over cement into five pools.

The famous Stockyards reminiscent of western movies of yore, lined with brick streets and saloons exhibit two daily symbolic cattle drives. Tourists line up to watch 15 Texas longhorns amble down East Exchange Avenue to relive a nostalgic past. Its a sight not to be missed.

While the daily cattle drives are just for show, its the rodeos that are the real thing. Rodeos at the Cowtown Coliseum are serious business. Its great fun watching the contenders in open rodeos held every weekend. The fun and frolic catches on even with people who have never ever witnessed it before.

The action moves from the bull-riding ring on to the dance floor at Billy Bob’s Texas, with its 32 drink stations. Dancers will love the mirrored saddle in place of a disco ball! Another great fun place is the White Elephant Saloon where cowboy hats, donated by regulars over the years, cover the walls and ceiling making for some great home-grown ambiance.

The Sundance Square takes its name from the Sundance Kid who use to hide out here. However gone are the earlier gambling houses with the place transformed into a peppy neighborhood. Fort Worth’s trendiest nightspots are within a few blocks of Sundance Square.

The Frommers internet online site is your best bet to get all the information about Fort Worth attractions. Plenty of attractions in Fort Worth are free. Pick up the flyer “Everything Free to Do in Fort Worth” at the visitor center if you want to see how much you can do for no money. Visit the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau website for money-saving coupons for major attractions. And of course the Downtown Fort Worth hotel map would be your best guide to know where to be really comfortable while you are here.

For a quick getaway into the past you must board the incredible Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Don your best Western outfit and hop aboard “Puffy”, for the Trinity River Run, a 1-hour trip from Stockyards Station to 8th Avenue in Fort Worth that travels along the Chisholm Trail to the Cotton Belt Depot in historic Grapevine. Experience the charm of the old West close at hand. All Aboard! All Aboard!!

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