In honor of National Running Day on Wednesday, June 1, organizers of the Williams Route 66 Marathon are hosting two running tweet-ups in the Blue Dome District and South Tulsa.
The Blue Dome District running tweet-up will begin at 6:15 p.m. Participants will meet at Fleet Feet Sports, 418 E. 2nd St., for a fun three-mile or five-mile run in downtown Tulsa. A trained running coach will be on hand to answer any questions.
The South Tulsa running tweet-up will begin at 6 p.m. Participants will meet at Tulsa Runner, 9708 Riverside Parkway (at the intersection of 97th and Riverside Drive), for a fun six-mile run.
Running is an incredible way to get fit, lose weight and reduce many health risk factors,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. “It’s easy to start and it’s easier than most people think to jump from being a 5K runner to running a half marathon or even a marathon. We’re encouraging all runners to use National Running Day as an opportunity to introduce even more people to the sport.”
The marathon will bring leftover shirts from previous years Route 66 Marathons and Route 66 Quarter Marathons to give away at both locations.
According to Running USA, marathon mania continued in the U.S. in 2010, with an 8.6 percent increase in finishers from 2009. Additionally, half marathons boasted a 24 percent growth rate.
As the sport continues to grow, Oklahoma still faces some alarming health facts including the recently released 2011 Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report showing nearly 30 percent of Oklahoma children are either overweight or obese.
National Running Day is a day for all runners to share their passion for running by introducing the sport to a friend, family member or colleague. For more information on National Running Day and a list of group runs on June 1, please see www.runningday.org.