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Marathon mile 21 named Marcus Takach Memorial Mile

The board of directors of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc. recently announced that mile 21 of the 2011 Williams Route 66 Marathon is deemed the Marcus Takach Memorial Mile.

Takach, 27, collapsed while participating in the 2010 Williams Route 66 Half Marathon.

“The loss of Takach, as a runner and as a person, was a tragedy for the Tulsa community,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. “We are honored to add his name to a mile in our race and allow his fellow runners to remember him.”

“We greatly appreciate this gesture to honor Marcus,” said Nicholas Takach, Marcus’ father.  “We have a photo of Marcus where he’s proudly wearing his entry number for last year’s Route 66 Half Marathon.  Knowing Marcus, he would have entered and finished the full marathon in 2011.  Thank you again.”

Mile 21 runs through the University of Tulsa campus.  Takach, a Tulsa native, graduated from TU, where his father is a faculty member.