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Information for Members of the Marathon Maniacs and 50-States Marathon Club

Maniac Corner features the following free race day benefits for members of the Marathon Maniacs and 50-States Marathon Club.

  • Private VIP Tent and fenced in outdoor area with volunteers to make sure you have a great experience.
  • The location of Maniac Corner is on the course, near the finish line. It is a great place to cheer for everyone as they finish.
  • Professional group photo before the start of the race made available at no-charge to your members.
  • Private Restrooms
  • Private Gear Check
  • Your own supply of post-race food, Gatorade, water, soft drinks and lots of beer.
  • Both clubs will be acknowledged before the start of the race.
  • We will provide a free booth at our health and fitness expo on Nov. 18-19 for the Maniacs to promote their club and hand out wrist bands to their members for access to Maniac Corner.

In 2010 the Maniac Corner tent drew runners from across the country to the Williams Route 66 Marathon. Terry Nelson, from Kansas City, is a member of both Marathon Maniacs and the 50 States Marathon Club. This marathon was his fifty-first marathon.

“Maniac Corner was one of the reasons I decided to run Route 66,” Nelson said. “I had already run the Oklahoma City race, but I have a sister in Tulsa, so I decided to come to this race. “The Williams Route 66 did a great job of welcoming us, and Maniac Corner was great.”

Andrea Amend from Wisconsin became a Maniac with the Williams Route 66 Marathon – it was her third race in 56 days. This race was her twenty-third marathon overall.

“I came here because of Maniac Corner,” Amend said. “It was an excellent experience, with places to sit and personal gear check.”

New for 2011

  • Members who register for the marathon before August 1, 2011 and indicate that they are a member of Marathon Maniacs or 50-States Marathon Club will receive a custom race number and special marathon finisher medal indicating their membership. Members participating in the half marathon and marathon relay will receive the standard race numbers and medals.
  • Members of both clubs must select one club for their race number and medal.
  • The special finisher medal will be provided in place of the regular finisher medal that other participants will receive.

Center of the Universe Detour

The Center of the Universe Detour will be back again in 2011. This free and optional detour to Tulsa’s special place…The Center of the Universe will add .3 miles to your run and is only for participants in the marathon. You do not have to pre-register for the detour. You just decide when you get there. Participants who take the detour will receive a very nice color inlaid medallion when they get to the Center of the Universe.  30% of last year’s marathon  participants took the detour in 2010.

The Center of the Universe detour offered runners a unique opportunity to run an extra 0.3 mile to visit Tulsa’s historic Center of the Universe. The distinctive quality of the landmark is an eerie echo that is heard by someone standing in the center of the circle. Participants who stand at the center of the brick circle and talk will hear themselves echo, but others outside the circle can hear no such echo.

Karen Nienhaus, a runner on the Michelob Ultra team from St. Louis, wasn’t originally going to take the detour. Her coach then talked her into it.

“He told me ‘we live life to the ultra – why not take the detour?’” she Nienhaus said. “So I took it and it was really cool. The music was nice, the people were nice, and the coin was really cool.”

Rebecca Hicks from Del City, Okla., also enjoyed the detour. “I felt it towards the end, but it made me realize I could run farther than I thought I could,” she said.

Bands from Riverfield Country Day School and Undercroft Montessori School played at the Center of the Universe. Spectators applauded and shouted encouragement to the runners who voluntarily took the 0.3 mile detour. More than 400 runners took the detour and received special coins minted for the event. Any runner who did not receive a coin at the detour will receive on in the mail.