The Williams Route 66 Marathon showcases the best of what Tulsa has to offer! Start your race in downtown Tulsa, home of the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture outside of Miami, and then make your way through Tulsa’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods and the campus of Tulsa University. If there’s one thing you can count on at the Williams Route 66 Marathon, it’s tons of on-course support from the local community and plenty of fun. Our neighborhoods host block parties all along the course to welcome and cheer on the runners, and you might just find an unofficial “aid station” or two! Take the option to add on an extra 0.3-miles onto your race at the Center of the Universe Detour for the “World’s Shortest Ultramarathon,” or head straight to the finish at Guthrie Green and enjoy the post-race party!
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The Williams Route 66 Marathon Relay consists of three to five legs, with distances varying from 5 to 5.6 miles in length. This consistent distance allows team members to train together as a team, making it the perfect corporate initiative. Racers will compete on a USATF certified course while being electronically timed.
Individuals are allowed to register for the marathon or half marathon in addition to the relay. However, these “double runners” are required to run the first relay leg (or the first two relay legs) and then continue with their individual race. “Double runners” must register and pay for both events. After they have completed their relay leg(s), they will be required to switch their race number back to the individual race number.
If you’ve run any of our races before, you know we love to outfit our participants with the best race premiums we can find, and we try to up the ante every year! This year, we’re excited to announce our 2019 race swag. We’ve got full-zip performance jackets for marathon and half marathon participants, hooded sweatshirts (for the first time ever!) for marathon relay participants, and hooded t-shirts for 5k and Fun Run participants! You’ll love rocking this gear all year long.
Participants are sure to experience a few surprises when they visit Tulsa for the Williams Route 66 Marathon, including earning the race’s award-winning finisher medal! Voted “Best Finisher Awards” for 2018 by readers of Oklahoma Sports & Fitness, the Williams Route 66 Marathon draws inspiration from classic hood ornaments from the Route 66 era, a time of adventuring Americans crisscrossing the country with their automobiles. The 2019 design features Art Deco elements combined with style cues from the hood ornaments of early 1940s Cadillacs. “Our medal is both an homage to downtown Tulsa’s incredible Art Deco architecture and a nod to the incredibly rich history of Route 66. The early 1940s Cadillacs were considered the ‘finest’ car to drive during the heyday of the Route 66 era, so it’s only fitting that we showcase them in our Route 66 2019 medal,” Destiny Green, executive director of the Williams Route 66 Marathon, said. Click Here to view the Williams Route 66 Marathon Medal Series.
Shuttle buses will be provided from the Guthrie Green Shuttle Hub to the relay exchanges zones. You must be wearing a marathon relay race number to board the relay shuttle buses. Spectators are not allowed on the marathon relay shuttle buses. Shuttle service is only available between the Guthrie Green Shuttle Hub and the designated relay exchange point. You cannot ride the shuttle from one exchange point to another without going back to the Guthrie Green Shuttle Hub.THE MARATHON RELAY SHUTTLE BUSES WILL LEAVE APPROXIMATELY EVERY 30 MINUTES AS NEEDED.
You should arrive at the Guthrie Green Shuttle Hub at least one hour before you expect to start running your leg of the relay. You are responsible for getting to the exchange zone on time. The timing of the relay shuttle service is not guaranteed. You can download the Relay Shuttle map by clicking the link below. See relay shuttle maps here
ADDITIONAL RACE INFORMATION
Participants in the Marathon Relay must be 12 years of age or older on race day.
All participants finishing the marathon and half marathon within 7.5 hours will receive an official finish time. However, please be advised that the marathon and half marathon course will reopen on a rolling schedule based on a 16:30-minutes-per-mile pace for the last runner to cross the start line. For example, participants should have passed the 2-mile mark 33 minutes after the last runner has crossed the start line, should have passed the 6-mile mark 99 minutes after the final corral has crossed the start line, etc.
The course must reopen to traffic on this schedule in order to be courteous to our community. Participants who are unable to maintain a 16:30-minutes-per-mile pace will be asked to move to the sidewalk at the discretion of our police officers and may not have access to aid stations.