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Marathon relays – all the fun, a fraction of the training

If you’re a fairly seasoned runner, but haven’t been logging the mileage necessary to successfully complete a marathon or half marathon in two weeks, never fear there’s still a way to participate in the Williams Route 66 Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Divvy up the 26.2-mile journey with your friends by forming a relay team. Relay teams consist of three to five members who will run the entire Route 66 Marathon course alongside the marathon participants in five legs ranging from 5 to 5.6 miles each. Each relay team member will run one or two consecutive legs depending on the number of members on the team. Shuttle busses are provided for the participants from Veterans Park to each relay exchange point and back.

Each relay team member will receive a finisher’s medal and all members of the top three men’s, ladies, and mixed teams will receive awards in the open, master’s and corporate divisions.

Relays are a great way to participate in a marathon without the months of training involved. Plus, by assembling a team, you’re creating an opportunity for others to engage in a healthy activity and rely on one another to accomplish a goal.  And did we mention you still get a sweet medal?

If you don’t have enough interested friends in the Tulsa area, consider inviting out-of-town friends or relatives to join you for the weekend or get a team of coworkers together. No matter who you choose to team up with, the music, food, beer, medal and sense of accomplishment at the finish line will be worth the effort.

To learn more about the Williams Route 66 Marathon relay, visit and find the marathon relay page under the participants tab at the top.