Tulsa Oktoberfest to host Quarter Marathon post-race party
Organizers of the Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon and Tulsa Oktoberfest announced today the Fahr-früm-kwittenpost-race party set for Saturday, Oct. 15 at the finish line of the 2011 Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon in downtown Tulsa.
The Fahr-früm-kwitten Finish Line Festival will provide a preview of Oktoberfest complete with a polka band, free beer, pretzel rolls from Siegi’s Sausage Factory, and Oktoberfest mascot Bier Meister on site to congratulate finishers. Bratwurst from Siegi’s Sausage Factory will also be available at the event. Tulsa’s award-winning Oktoberfest will kickoff Thursday, Oct. 20 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 23.Quarter marathon participants will be able to purchase Oktoberfest tickets at the post-race party and receive $5 off their registration for the inaugural Lederhosen-Lauf (run/walk) happening at Oktoberfest on Thursday, Oct. 20. The Lederhosen Run will finish at the Route 66 Marathon tent at Oktoberfest where finishers will enjoy free beverages after the race. The Lederhosen-Lauf will feature a four-mile race and one-mile family “Brat-Run.”
“We are so excited to welcome Oktoberfest to the Quarter Marathon family of events,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. “The addition of the Fahr-früm-kwittenpost-race party to the quarter marathon will allow our participants to not only get a preview of the Williams Route 66 Marathon course but to practice their pre-race carb loading as well.”
Performing live at the finish line will be the Blaskapelle of the German-American Society of Tulsa. Blaskapelle (German for “brass band”) is a community band modeled after the village bands found throughout Germany and neighboring countries. They specialize in playing traditional German music including German folk songs, waltzes, marches and polkas, but also include quite a few American favorites in their repertoire as well.
“Oktoberfest organizers welcome the opportunity to congratulate Route 66 Quarter Marathon finishers with a preview of Tulsa’s largest fall festival,” said Tonja Pitzer, festival director. “This will be a ‘Wunderbar’ collaboration between two of Tulsa’s most popular community events.”
The quarter marathon was traditionally held in August each year to kick off training for the Williams Route 66 Marathon events held annually in November. Last year, the event drew thousands of runners and walkers from 11 states and the Netherlands, but due to extreme Oklahoma summer temperatures, event organizers chose to move the event to the fall for 2011.
Race day events will include the 6.55-mile quarter marathon, a 5K and a one-mile fun run. Additionally, “The Double,” an option that allows participants to run both the quarter marathon and 5K races in the same morning, will be offered. The races will start and finish in the Blue Dome District and is run on a portion of the marathon course.
The Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon is made possible this year by the title sponsor Williams and presenting sponsors Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and St. John Health System along with more than 500volunteers who register participants, man Gatorade stops and pass out finisher medals.
Oktoberfest is presented each year in conjunction with Tulsa River Parks Authority and numerous community sponsors.
About the Williams Route 66 Marathon
The Williams Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Okla., is set for Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, and the Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon is Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Events are held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving and the second Saturday in October, respectively. The sixth anniversary of the Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend includes a two-day health and fitness expo, pasta dinner, marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon relay, 5k run/walk, and a one-mile fun run/walk. Post-race festivities include concerts and a classic car show. To learn more about the events, sponsoring, training or volunteering, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call (918) 409-2828, or visit www.route66marathon.com and www.quartermarathon.com.
As one of Tulsa’s most celebrated festivals, Tulsa Oktoberfest has a long and storied history of providing authentic German food, drink, and live entertainment to generations of Oklahomans. Last year the festival was named among the top 10 great Oktoberfests in North America by USA Today. In its 33-year history, Oktoberfest Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 has contributed close to $1 million to Tulsa’s River Parks Authority as a part of its mission to improve Tulsa and River Parks.The 2011 Tulsa Oktoberfest will be held October 20-23. Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. The festival takes place at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. For more information, visit www.tulsaoktoberfest.org.