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Featured Entertainer: Stephen Speaks

The Williams Route 66 Marathon is proud to feature pop music artist “Stephen Speaks,” founded by Rockwell Ryan Ripperger in 2000. Since then, Ripperger has played around the world with hundreds of artists. 


“I remember when I first started playing guitar at 13, and it looked impossible. It felt impossible,” Ripperger said recently on Facebook. “Moral of the story: If [other people] can do it, you can do it. It is an issue of motivation. Always.” Both new musicians and beginning runners can take those words of wisdom to heart.


Stephen Speaks can be seen locally every Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Penthouse Bar on the 18th floor of The Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa. Learn more about Stephen Speaks at or on Facebook at


If you’re interested in performing at the race events on Nov. 17-18, contact Dante Schmitz at