2012 Williams Route 66 Marathon on pace to sell out

The Williams Route 66 Marathon, set for Nov. 17-18, 2012 is on track to sell out for the first time in the race’s history, the executive director said this week.  With less than 10 weeks to go until Tulsa’s marathon weekend, more than three times as many participants have registered online at route66marathon.com compared to 2011. Members of the board of directors of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc., expect the marathon and half marathon to hit capacity before the next price increase at the end of September.

Participants should check route66marathon.com where each race will be listed along with the percentage of registrations sold. This information will be updated daily.

A record number of runners have pre-registered for the family of races, including the marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5k run and walk and one-mile fun run and walk.  Walkers are welcome in all races.

“We are on track for record-setting growth in all races,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc.  “We don’t want to see anyone left out, but in order to provide the safest and best race experience to our participants from around the world, the board made the proactive decision last year to cap the races at a 30 percent growth per year.”

Lieberman added, “We are thrilled our races have attracted growing attention over the years.  Our economic impact of more than $5 million a year benefits the local running community and the Tulsa region as a whole.  We will keep expanding, but a planned growth rate will allow the board to keep providing a world class experience for our participants.”

Unique offerings such as the Center of the Universe detour; special medals and VIP treatment for members of the Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics and 50 States Marathon Club; local training programs from Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa; and the Williams Route 66 Marathon finisher medal receiving best medal in North America designation from Marathon & Beyond have led to increased awareness of this Tulsa event.

Another reason for increased participation is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma Corporate Challenge. The program is designed to promote health and wellness in the workplace and foster friendly competition within the business community. Teams are divided into groups based on total number of employees and will compete in four categories to win the BCBS Oklahoma Cup. Registration for the corporate challenge is open until Oct. 1 or until the events sell out and more information is available at www.route66marathon.com.

To register, runners and walkers can visit www.route66marathon.com.   This is the seventh running of the Williams Route 66 Marathon, and the second year the events encompass an entire weekend.  The 2012 Williams Route 66 Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay are set for Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The 5k run and walk, fun run and walk and Mascot Dash are set for Saturday Nov. 17, 2012.