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Williams Route 66 Marathon Medal Recognized as One of the Best

Marathon & Beyond, a bimonthly magazine designed for runners of marathons and ultramarathons, announced this week that the Williams Route 66 Marathon is the recipient of a second place award recognizing the best marathon medals in the United States.

In addition to the second-place finish, the medal, as well as the Tulsa event, are featured on the cover of the May/June 2010 issue.

“This recognition is an incredible honor,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. “We knew that our medal was unique and a favorite of many of our runners, but to be recognized by a international publication is truly an accomplishment.”

According to Marathon & Beyond, the Williams Route 66 Marathon medal received high marks due to the unique hood ornament design corresponding to a piece of America’s history. The judges also took note of the special medal that the Williams Route 66 Marathon offers to first time marathon finishers.

The Williams Route 66 Marathon and Half Marathon medals change each year, and the new design will be announced at the Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon in August.

“This chrome medal captures the romance of the open road,” said Rich Benyo, editor of Marathon & Beyond. “It captures the era of the classic car – and when driving was an adventure. Medals should in some way reflect the region of the marathon, and the Williams Route 66 Marathon medal portrays that image.”

Medal contest judges included 11 veteran marathon runners from across the country. Together, they boast more than 2,250 marathon finishes, equating to a lot of hardware. Of the medal entries, the panel consistently chose the top three medals.

Check for the new issue due out soon.