Williams Route 66 Marathon
24 November 2019
The Route 66 Marathon may be new to the racing circuit, but it is one of the fastest growing marathons in the country. The slogan “Let our first marathon be your first” was the one that set it all in motion. Over 3,000 participants signed on to give it a try. Whether you are looking for a marathon, a half-marathon, or a relay race, the spectacular nature of it may just be the perfect match for you. Not just a challenge of the human spirit, the race was also initiated to raise funds for the Tulsa Area United Way. A Boston qualifier, the 26.2 miles of the Route 66 Marathon is characterized by historic sites and scenic roadways. Taking from the American iconic Route 66, it is everything American for sure. From the VIP tent to the refreshment tables abound, there is nothing left unplanned or anticipated for. You need no qualifications to run in the marathon, with the only stipulation being that you have to be 16 years or older by race day. Whether it is your first marathon experience or your 100, the experience itself is nothing short of unique and spectacular. The Route 66 Marathon is one to add to your must-do list for any running enthusiast from newbie to seasoned veteran.
The Williams Route 66 Marathon, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, will feature new courses this year. The changes were necessary to accommodate the increased participation in the races and the change to a two-day format. Start in downtown Tulsa to eliminate the need for pre-race hotel shuttles making it easier for the participants to get to the start of the races. Increase the capacity of the courses to accommodate 20,000 participants by 2013. Ensure the marathon and half marathon courses follow the same route until the end of the half marathon course. Both the marathon and half marathon courses will make a return to Brookside 7.25 miles in to the race.
The marathon course also features a tour of the University of Tulsa campus, a private, premier institution originally known as Henry Kendall College founded in 1894 and moved to Tulsa in 1907. Today, TU has more than 4,000 students and is ranked 75th among national doctoral universities in U. S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The University of Tulsa has undergone major transformations and renovations over the past few years – the most recent being the addition of the Lorton Performance Center – and we’re excited to show off our beautiful campus, The University of Tulsa. The Brookside Entertainment District is a stretch of local restaurants, retailers, bars and venues located between 32nd and 41st Streets on Peoria Ave. Centered on Brookside is the Cosmo Cafe and Bar, Leon’s Sports Bar and many unique shops. Many of the popular course sections from previous years remain, including Cherry Street, Cascia Hall, Swan Lake, Woodward Park, Riverside Drive and of course, the Center of the Universe Detour.