July marks the beginning of fall marathon and half-marathon training season, so the board of directors of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc., in conjunction with Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, is offering a First Mile fun run to Tulsa-area runners and walkers. The First Mile, set for Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6 p.m., is an opportunity for the Tulsa community to log their first training miles together. Bart Yasso, chief running officer at Runner’s World magazine and creator of Yasso 800’s, will be present for the event and will make brief remarks following the training session.
Training runs and walks will begin at 6 p.m. and the post-training party will continue until 8:30 at Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa’s Blue Dome store, located at 418 E. Second St. The event is free to the public and in addition to the training runs and walks, the evening will include live music, free food from Qdoba and beer (for those over 21 years of age), as well as water slides and sno cones from Josh’s Sno Shack. The runs and walks will include a variety of distances for all skill levels and will be divided by pace groups.
While intended to be a party atmosphere to celebrate the beginning of training season, the event also is a chance for runners and walkers to learn about the official training programs available through Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa and to meet training partners. Official training gear for the 2013 Williams Route 66 Marathon events will be for sale for the first time at the First Mile event.
“It may seem hard to believe that it’s time to start training in the middle of the summer, but the Williams Route 66 Marathon is just about four months away, so this is the perfect time to building a strong foundation for a fall race,” said Chris Lieberman, executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon Inc. “Last year’s First Mile was a resounding success, so we are really excited to do it again this year and to welcome running legend Bart Yasso to Tulsa for the first time to be a part of the festivities.”
“I’m excited about coming to Tulsa to kick off the training for the Williams Route 66 marathon,” said Bart Yasso, Runner’s World magazine’s chief running officer and marathon training expert. “The First Mile has an event for everyone regardless of their fitness level or race goal. It may sound cliché, but the reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the journey. It’s not only about finishing, it’s about moving forward.”
In addition to kicking off the fall training season, Lieberman will also reveal the 2013 finisher medal as well as the marathon’s new official logo.
“We are very proud of the marathon’s reputation and of our city,” said Lieberman. “The new logo encapsulates the energy and momentum we’ve built over the years with our partners and participants. It also is a nod to Tulsa – a community that is so important to me and to many of us involved in organizing the marathon.”