About 11,000 participants from across the globe will hit the pavement Nov. 22 and 23, 2014, for the ninth annual Williams Route 66 Marathon presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. In addition to the five-million-dollar economic impact the marathon weekend brings to Tulsa, the marathon is matching the first $25,000 raised by its participants in support of local charities resulting in more than $50,000 in donations to five local charities: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Folds of Honor Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Oklahoma Chapter, Tulsa Area United Way and Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Giving back is at the core of our event,” said Executive Director Chris Lieberman. “It is important to our participants and important to our organization. We couldn’t be happier to announce that, together with our participants, the 2014 Williams Route 66 Marathon will raise more than $50,000 for five great charities that do so much for our community.”
Also new this year is a slight change to the marathon and half-marathon race courses. Due to construction, runners will move off Riverside Drive from 34th Street to 21st Street and run on Cincinnati through the Maple Ridge district. Visit the route66marathon.com for full course maps.
Williams Route 66 Marathon organizers are anticipating about 11,000 total runners in the five races. As of Nov. 13, participants from every state, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Belgium, and Mexico are registered.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, the 5-kilometer run/walk (3.1 miles) begins at 8 a.m. The one-mile fun run/walk is set for 9 a.m., and the Mascot Dash begins at 9:30 a.m. All Saturday races will start and finish at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District.
On Sunday, Nov. 23, the marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon relay (3 to 5-person team completes 26.2 miles) all begin at 8 a.m. All Sunday races will start at E. Seventh and S. Main streets and finish at Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District.
“No matter which event you participate in, you’ll get a medal,” Lieberman said. “We love providing this memorable keepsake for every runner as well as volunteers. This year’s medal is designed based on the iconic Cadillac hood ornament and people just love it."
The Williams Route 66 Marathon Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo is set for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Cox Business Center. Packet pickup for all participants and volunteers is located at the expo, which is the largest of its kind in northeastern Oklahoma. The two-day expo is free, open to the public and features more than 70 vendors of health and wellness products and services. Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World and creator of Yasso 800s, a well-known marathon training technique, will be on site visiting with runners.
The Williams Route 66 Marathon is committed to sustainability and is the only event in Oklahoma to earn the ReSport Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) for its green practices. This year, the Williams Route 66 Marathon is taking it a step further by eyeing their first-ever Silver Certification from the CRS. Participants will find recycling stations throughout the Expo and along the course and composting stations at the finish line.
“Sustainability is more than just respecting our environment and natural resources, it’s about smart and efficient business practices,” said Assistant Executive Director Kim Hann. “Our sponsors, runners and volunteers appreciate that we have a clean operation and the Marathon just works better with sustainability in mind. We are proud to be the only event in Oklahoma with CRS certification and we are eager to improve our operations even more.”
As part of the green effort, event organizers have kicked off a Run & Recycle program. Anyone can donate gently used men’s, women’s and children’s running shoes, which will be given to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and YWCA Tulsa. A donation box will be near the information desk at the Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo.
About the Williams Route 66 Marathon
The ninth annual Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, is set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla. The Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend includes the two-day Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo, marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K run and walk, and a one-mile fun run and walk, and the ever-popular mascot dash. Post-race activities at Tulsa’s Guthrie Green in the Brady Arts District include music, a car show and fun for the entire family. For more information visit www.route66marathon.com.