Race weekend

Welcome Letter from Destiny

Welcome to Tulsa! Whether you’re visiting our beautiful city for the first time or running the same streets you train on each week, we hope you’ll see Tulsa in a whole new light on race day. This year, we’ve got a few extra tricks up our sleeve to make this year’s Williams Route 66 Marathon presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma even more special.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve got a brand new course to show off! After nearly three years of construction, Gathering Place, Tulsa’s $465-million, 66.5-acre park (the largest park gift in U.S. history!), is complete! Our new course will take participants in the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay down Riverside Drive and right through the new park, our city’s crown jewel. Runners and walkers will navigate the brand new tunnels through the land bridges on Riverside Drive, making our course flatter than in years past. Don’t worry, though — those of you who have come to know and love the popular “Cheers on Cincinnati” block party (and Jell-O shots) that has greeted participants in years past will still be invited to the party, this time on Woodward Drive. Some things are too good to change!
Another exciting addition to our race this year is the new spectator party at 6th and Peoria. Held at Centennial Park, spectators will be setting up tents and bringing the party atmosphere to the later miles of the marathon when you need it the most! You’ll pass by the party near miles 14 and 24, so get ready to experience our famous Tulsa hospitality.

In addition to the fantastic crowd support you’ve come to know and love at the Williams Route 66 Marathon, we know you’re also expecting an epic finisher’s medal! We’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed when you cross the finish line and receive the “Goddess of Victory,” a fitting prize to celebrate your outstanding achievement! This year’s goddess is the last in our “Goddess of the Road” series, so make sure you display her with pride when you get back home! All of our finisher medals spin on their bases as a final send off to our lovely goddesses. We can’t wait to show you what we come up with for next year!
I know you’re going to have a blast while you’re rocking the Route, and that’s thanks to the tireless efforts of our Board of Directors and the 2,000 volunteers who make race weekend possible! We work hard all year to make sure that race weekend exceeds all of your expectations. An event of this scale requires the dedication and hard work of thousands of volunteers, so please make sure you thank them when you see them! We have the best volunteers, and we know you’ll agree when you meet them!
I also have to thank you, our participants, for making race weekend the best weekend of the year! In this, my first year as Executive Director, I have been awed by your accomplishments and inspired by your dedication. Our founder and my mentor, Chris Lieberman, believed in creating a race day atmosphere that welcomed every participant, no matter their speed, distance, or goals, and that vision drives us to this day! We hope you’ll love every step of race weekend. Thank you for coming!

Destiny Green
Executive Director

The Williams Route 66 Marathon mobile app puts all of the information you need for race weekend right in the palm of your hand! Whether you’re participating in our races or cheering on your family and friends, our mobile app is the perfect guide. It’s not just for race weekend, either – mobile app users are the first to receive notifications about registration, race swag, and more! Here are just a few of the many ways to use the app:

  • Customize your race weekend schedule and make sure you don’t miss your favorite speakers and events.
  • Track your friends and family as they cross timing mats on the course so you can estimate when they’ll arrive at your spectator spot or the finish line.
  • Quickly locate the start and finish lines, aid stations, mile markers, porta-potties, on course entertainment, and more by using the interactive course map.
  • Rock your social media when you use the app’s camera, featuring our customized photo filters! #RT66RUN
  • Obsessively track the race day weather (no judgment, we do it too!) with updates from Channel 6.
  • Stay up to date on all the latest from the Williams Route 66 Marathon when you elect to receive news and special offers from our official sponsors with push notifications!

What are you waiting for? Download the FREE Williams Route 66 Marathon app today and get ready to ROCK your race! Available for Apple and Android.

Expo and Packet Pickup

Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103

When and Where
Friday, November 23, 2019
11 am – 7 pm

Saturday, November 24, 2019
9:30 am – 6pm

Packet Pickup
ALL participants and volunteers must pick up their packets at the 2018 Williams Route 66 Marathon Health, Fitness, and Sustainability Expo. No packets will be mailed out – no exceptions! Race day registration and race day packet pickup are not available.

Click here to look up your bib number! (Link updated race week) All participants must know their bib number in order to pick up their packet.

Can a friend pick up my packet for me?

Yes. Participants who are unable to get to packet pick-up may have a representative pick up their packet for them. Their representative must show a copy of the participant’s registration confirmation signed by the participant in order to pick up the packet and premiums.

Exhibitors

The Williams Route 66 Marathon Health, Fitness, and Sustainability Expo hosts more than 80 exhibitors offering running gear, innovative health and fitness items, and race previews. The expo is FREE and open to the public. Join us at the Cox Business Center November 22-23!

Parking

The Cox Business Center parkade is located north of the Cox Business Center on 3rd Street between Houston and Denver Avenues. Parking is $5-8 per day. Street parking may also be available in limited quantities.

Saturday Races

Start Times

5k Run and Walk: 8 am
Fun Run and Walk: 9 am
Mascot Dash: 9:30 am

Race Information

The 2019 Williams Route 66 Marathon events are held over the course of two days. Saturday races include the 5k run and walk, the one-mile Fun Run and walk, and the Mascot Dash. While the 5k run and walk is USATF certified and will be electronically timed, the Fun Run and walk is just for fun, meaning there will be no timing or certification. Come out and enjoy both events!

Packet Pickup

There will be NO race day registration or packet pickup. All participants in our Saturday races must pick up their packets on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Health, Fitness, and Sustainability Expo, held at the Cox Business Center 100 Civic Center Tulsa, OK 74103 Friday  from 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday 9:30 – 6:00 pm

Start and Finish Line Information

We are excited to announce brand new 5k and Fun Run courses for 2018! Both the 5k and Fun Run start and finish on Cameron Street, north of Guthrie Green. Please plan to arrive early to familiarize yourself with the start and finish areas.

All participants must enter the start corral from the intersection of Detroit and Cameron. There is only one corral for the 5k and Fun Run events, so please seed yourself appropriately based on your expected pace (i.e. fastest runners in the front, walkers in the back).

Parking

Ample parking is available on the streets surrounding Guthrie Green and in paid parking lots in downtown Tulsa. Please refer to the parking map for more information.

Restrooms

Porta-potties will be located throughout the Tulsa Arts District (the start/finish line area) and along the 5k course. Please refer to the Tulsa Arts District Map for Saturday for exact locations. We know you’ve gotta go when you’ve gotta go, but please be patient and allow plenty of time to use the restroom prior to the race. There are likely to be lines on race morning.

Race-day Information Tent

Lose your timing tag, forget your race number, or just need some help with morning logistics? Head to the information tent. Please see the Tulsa Arts District Map for Saturday for the exact location.

Gear Check

There will be no gear check for Saturday races.

Timing Chip

A timing device is attached to your race number/bib. The bib is yours to keep, and there’s no need to turn your device back in. In order to make sure your time is accurately recorded, please make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • Do not remove the tag from the bib.
  • Wear the bib visibly on the front of your body – if you’re wearing a top layer that you may take off, consider pinning the bib to your pants/shorts!
  • Do not fold or crumple the bib.
  • Cross all timing mats during the race.

Your Race Number

Your race number must be worn on the front of your body! If you are wearing a top layer that you may remove, consider pinning the number to your pants or shorts.  Race officials, course photographers, and finish line personnel must be able to see your bib at all times to verify that you are an official participant, so please make sure it is visible! Do not cut, fold, or otherwise alter your race number in any way. For safety reasons, race numbers are non-transferable and may only be worn by the participants to whom they are assigned.  Please fill out the medical information on the back of your bib in case of emergency.

Gatorade Stations

The Williams Route 66 Marathon knows hydration is extremely important on race day. That’s why we are proud to serve both Gatorade and water at all Gatorade stations on our courses. One Gatorade stop, located after the 3-kilometer mark between Boston Avenue and Main Street, is provided for the 5k participants. No Gatorade stops are offered during the one-mile Fun Run.

Course Restrictions

No bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, baby joggers or animals will be allowed on the race course at any time. Assistance received from any source other than a race official may result in disqualification. In some areas, only one side of the road will be closed to vehicular traffic. As such, it is imperative that you stay within the cones marking the course. Any deviations from the marked course could result in disqualification and a serious injury. Race officials will be stationed along the course to ensure that each finisher has completed a full race distance.

ANY PARTICIPANT FOUND TO HAVE RUN/WALKED LESS THAN THE FULL COURSE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE ENTIRE COURSE.

Dropping Out

If you are unable to finish the race, please notify a volunteer at the nearest aid station.

Medical Aid

Medical aid will be provided on the course and at the finish line. Medical aid stations will be clearly marked along the course. Medical personnel will also travel the course in golf carts to look for participants in distress.

Your personal safety is very important. In order to help us come to your aid as quickly as possible, all participants are required to complete the emergency information on the back of their race number and list any allergies or known medical issues for medical personnel. Help us keep you safe on race day!

Finishers’ Food and Beverage Area

Participants will pass through the finishers’ food area after crossing the finish line and receiving their medals. Fruit, snacks, Gatorade, water, Muscle Milk, and Pepsi products will be provided. Snacks and refreshments are for participants only. Participants will not be able to re-enter the food area once they leave.

Results

All results are unofficial until certified by race officials. Participants can check their unofficial results on the mobile app and at the Results Tent (see the Tulsa Arts District Map for Saturday for location). Unofficial results will also be posted online at www.route66marathon.com as the race progresses.  Race officials will post final results online following certification. Participants and their friends and families can also follow participants’ progress and receive updates via the Williams Route 66 Marathon mobile app.

Awards

We believe everyone is a winner at the Williams Route 66 Marathon, but if you happen to place in the top three of your race, we’ve got a special prize for you! Per USATF Rule 245.1, Open Men’s and Women’s and Master Men’s and Women’s top three awards will be based on gun time (the order in which the athletes cross the finish line, regardless of starting position). Age-group awards will be based on timing system time (the actual time elapsed between an athlete crossing the start and finish lines).

Awards based on gun time include the top three in each of these divisions:

  • Open Male and Female
  • Masters Male and Female
  • Open Wheelchair Male and Female

Awards based on electronic net time include the top three in each of the following male and female age groups: Under 10, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.

The Williams Route 66 Marathon also offers awards for weight classes based on age-graded times in accordance with USATF guidelines. Awards based on electronic net time and age graded included:

  • Clydesdale (male weight class awards): 170-184 lbs, 185-199 lbs, 200-214 lbs, 215-229 lbs, 230+ lbs.
  • Athena awards (female weight class awards): 145+ lbs.

Collecting Your Award

Awards will be shipped to winners approximately one month after race results are finalized, so please make sure that the address on your registration confirmation is correct, as all awards will be shipped to the address you provided when you registered for the Williams Route 66 Marathon. Lost or stolen awards will not be replaced, so please keep your eye on your mailbox, and be patient! We personalize them all to make them extra special, and we’ll have them to you as soon as we can.

Participants are eligible for one award per race. Award winners in the Open and Masters divisions will be excluded from the age group and weight class awards.

Sunday Races: Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay

11/24/2019 – All races start at 8 am!

Click here to look up your bib number for Sunday races! All participants will need to know their bib number in order to pick up their packets. PLEASE NOTE: The bib lookup link does not provide corral information. Participants will receive their corral assignments at packet pickup. If any changes to corral assignments are needed, please visit the Solutions Center at the Health and Fitness Expo.

Race Information

The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019. All Sunday races are USATF certified and will be electronically timed. All races begin together at 8 am. Please note the following important details for Sunday races:

  • Participants proceeding at a pace slower than 16:30 minutes per mile (finishing time of 6.5 hours) may be asked by the Tulsa Police Department to move to the sidewalk at various points along the course to allow the streets to reopen to traffic.
  • Participants proceeding at a pace slower than 16:30 minutes per mile may not have access to Gatorade stations or medical aid stations, as these stations close based on the official time limit of 6.5 hours.
  • The electronic timing system will remain open for 7.5 hours (until 3:30 pm); however, the official time limit for on-course support is 6.5 hours.

Start Line Information

The start line for the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay is located at the intersection of Main Street and 7th Street in downtown Tulsa. Participants will proceed south on Main Street from the starting line. Please plan to arrive early to familiarize yourself with the start area. Refer to the Start Line Map for exact locations of your start corral, portable restrooms, gear check, and more.

Parking

Plenty of parking is available on the streets of downtown Tulsa (free on Sundays!) and in paid parking lots. See the parking map for more information. Pro tip for next year: consider staying in one of our many host hotels! Nearly all of these hotels feature shuttles to and from the start and finish lines so you have one less thing to worry about on race day.

Restrooms

Porta-potties are located throughout the start area near each corral, at the finish area in the Tulsa Arts District, and at many points along the course. Please refer to the Start Line Map , the Tulsa Arts District Map for Sunday, and the Course Map for exact locations. We know you’ve gotta go when you’ve gotta go, but please be patient and allow plenty of time to use the restroom prior to the race. There are likely to be lines on race morning.

Race Day Information Tent

Lose your timing tag, forget your race number, or just need some help with morning logistics? Head to the information tent. Please see the Start Line Map and the Tulsa Arts District Map for Sunday for the exact locations.

Gear Check

Stash your (non-valuable) stuff with us! Gear check is located at the corner of 6th Street and Boston Avenue. Please see the Start Line Map for the location of gear check. You can pick up your gear after the race as you leave the secured finish area on M.B. Brady Street just east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Please see the Tulsa Arts District Map for Sunday for the exact location of gear pickup. NOTE: ONLY THE CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS PROVIDED AT PACKET PICKUP WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GEAR CHECK. All participants checking gear must attach the gear check tag from their race number to the clear plastic bag for identification purposes. NO other bags will be accepted. Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. is not responsible for lost or stolen items, so we recommend keeping your valuables at home.

Time Limit

The marathon course is open for 6.5 hours from 8 am to 2:30 pm. The course will begin to close on a rolling basis based on a 16:30 minute per mile estimated pace. Participants proceeding at a pace slower than 16:30 minutes per mile may be asked by the Tulsa Police Department to move to the sidewalk at various points on the course to allow the streets to open to traffic. If participants choose to continue on the course after 2:30 pm, they do so at their own risk. Timing equipment will remain in place until 3:30 pm (7.5 hours), after which no finish times will be recorded. Finisher medals will only be awarded to those who receive an official finish time/finish within 7.5 hours. Finish line medical aid will close at 3:30 pm, after which time participants are asked to call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest emergency room in the event of a medical emergency.

Start Corrals

In order to provide the best possible race day experience for all participants, the Williams Route 66 Marathon utilizes a corral system at the start line of the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay. Participants will be assigned to one of four start corrals based on their projected pace, which helps keep the course flowing smoothly on race day. All race registrants are required to submit past and projected pace information at the time of registration to allow the race committee to properly assign corrals.

The four corrals are designated by the letters A, B, C, and D, which are marked at the start area and on each athlete’s bib. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ENTER THEIR CORRALS AT THE BACK OF THE CORRAL. The corral area can be a little confusing if you aren’t familiar with it, so we recommend that all participants review the Start Line Map on page X and arrive early to make sure they have time to find their corral. CORRALS WILL CLOSE 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

NOTE: ALL PARTICIPANTS WHO REGISTERED AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2019 WILL BE ASSIGNED TO CORRAL D. If you wish to change your corral, simply stop by the Solutions Desk at packet pickup and request a corral change. If remaining space is available in your preferred corral, you will be authorized to change.

Athletes will only be admitted into the corral that corresponds to the letter on their bib. Once in their assigned corral, athletes should line up by pace according to the signs posted in the corral. This helps keep traffic moving forward on race day!

We love when our participants want to race alongside their friends and/or training partners on race day! However, if participants desiring to race together are assigned to different corrals, they must all start in Corral D. There will be no exceptions.

Hand cycle and wheelchair athletes will have their own separate corral at the start line that will be placed in front of the elite athletes. Hand cycle and wheelchair participants will start at 8 am. Participants in Corral A will start at 8:02 am. Participants in the following corrals will start at 5 minute intervals thereafter. Don’t worry, there will be confetti blasts for every corral!

Timing Chip

A timing device is attached to your race number/bib. The bib is yours to keep, and there’s no need to turn your device back in. In order to make sure your time is accurately recorded, please make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • Do not remove the tag from the bib.
  • Wear the bib visibly on the front of your body – if you’re wearing a top layer that you may take off, consider pinning the bib to your pants/shorts!
  • Do not fold or crumple the bib.
  • Cross all timing mats during the race.

Race Number

Your race number must be worn on the front of your body! If you are wearing a top layer that you may remove, consider pinning the number to your pants or shorts. Race officials, course photographers, and finish line personnel must be able to see your bib at all times to verify that you are an official participant, so please make sure it is visible! Do not cut, fold, or otherwise alter your race number in any way. Race numbers are non-transferable and may only be worn by the participant to whom they are assigned for safety reasons. Please fill out the medical information on the back of your bib in case of emergency. Marathon relay participants should wear the separate race bib marked “RELAY” visibly on their backs to allow participants in the marathon and half marathon to identify them.

Gatorade Stations

The Williams Route 66 Marathon knows hydration is extremely important on race day. That’s why we are proud to serve both Gatorade and water at all Gatorade stations on our courses. Gatorade stops are located approximately every 2 miles on the course for the first 20 miles of the marathon and every mile thereafter from miles 21 through 25. Please refer to the Course Map for further information on Gatorade Station locations.

On-Course Food

They say “don’t try anything new on race day,” but just in case you need a little fuel while out on the marathon course, we’ve got you covered! Fresh oranges and bananas will be available to marathon participants at the Gatorade station near mile 18. GU will be offered just before the Gatorade stations near mile 15 and 22, and pretzels will be available just before the Gatorade station near mile 24.

Medical Aid

Medical aid will be provided on the course and at the finish line. Medical aid stations will be clearly marked along the course. Medical personnel will also travel the course in golf carts to look for participants in distress.

Your personal safety is very important. In order to help us come to your aid as quickly as possible, all participants are required to complete the emergency information on the back of their race number and list any allergies or known medical issues for medical personnel. Help us keep you safe on race day!

Course Restrictions

No bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, baby joggers or animals will be allowed on the race course at any time. Assistance received from any source other than a race official may result in disqualification. In some areas, only one side of the road will be closed to vehicular traffic. As such, it is imperative that you stay within the cones marking the course. Any deviations from the marked course could result in disqualification and a serious injury. Race officials will be stationed along the course to ensure that each finisher has completed a full race distance.

ANY PARTICIPANT FOUND TO HAVE RUN/WALKED LESS THAN THE FULL COURSE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE IF YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE ENTIRE COURSE.

Dropping Out

Participants who find themselves unable to finish the race should notify someone at the nearest relay shuttle exchange location (spaced approximately every 5 miles). You can ride a relay shuttle bus back to the finish line if you drop out of the race. Please refer to the Relay Exchange Locations Map. In case of a medical emergency, please notify the nearest aid station volunteer for assistance.

Finish Line

Congratulations, you made it! After crossing the finish line, we know there’s nothing you’ll want to do more than sit down, but please, keep going! More good things are ahead. After you cross the finish line, you will enter a secure, fenced-off area for race participants and officials only. Marathon, half marathon, and participants completing the final leg of the marathon relay will receive their coveted finisher’s medals in this area. Water and Gatorade will also be available immediately after crossing the finish line.

Speaking of finisher’s medals, please make sure you have the correct one before leaving the secure area! Volunteers are only human, after all. All participants in the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay will receive medals. Participants completing their first marathon who registered as such prior to October 1, 2018 will receive a “My First Marathon” medal.

NEW FOR 2018: All participants will receive their medals in the finishers’ chute, including members of the Marathon Maniacs, 50 States Marathon Club, Half Fanatics, and Black Girls RUN. Club members will NOT exchange their finisher medals in the club areas, as has occurred in previous years. PLEASE COLLECT YOUR FINISHER MEDAL IN THE CHUTE REGARDLESS OF YOUR CLUB AFFILIATION.

Finishers’ Food and Beverage Area

Refuel after your race with delicious pizza from Mazzios at the finish line! Participants will pass through the finishers’ food area in the finish chute after collecting their medals. In addition to Mazzios pizza, fruit, snacks, Gatorade, water, Muscle Milk, and Pepsi products will also be provided.

Family Reunification Area

We know walking after you cross the finish line can be a struggle, so we try to make reuniting with your loved ones as easy as possible. We recommend meeting at the Family Reunite Area located on the south side of Guthrie Green, along M.B. Brady Street. We know your family and friends will be ecstatic to see you when you cross the finish line, but unfortunately, we cannot use the public address system to reunite participants with their families. Therefore, please make sure to arrange a convenient meeting spot with your loved ones prior to the start of the race.

Results

All results are unofficial until certified by race officials. Participants can check their unofficial results at the Results Tent (see the Tulsa Arts District Map). Unofficial results will also be posted online at www.route66marathon.com as the race progresses. Race officials will post final results online following certification. Participants and their friends and families can also follow participants’ progress and receive updates via the Williams Route 66 Marathon mobile app.

Awards

We believe everyone is a winner at the Williams Route 66 Marathon, but if you happen to place in the top three of your race, we’ve got a special prize for you! Per USATF Rule 245.1, Open Men’s and Women’s and Master Men’s and Women’s top three awards will be based on gun time (the order in which the athletes cross the finish line, regardless of starting position). Age-group awards will be based on timing system time (the actual time elapsed between an athlete crossing the start and finish lines).

Awards based on gun time include the top three in each of these divisions:

  • Open Male and Female
  • Masters Male and Female
  • Open Wheelchair Male and Female

Awards based on electronic net time include the top three in each of the following male and female age groups: Under 10, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.

The Williams Route 66 Marathon also offers awards for weight classes based on age-graded times in accordance with USATF guidelines. Awards based on electronic net time and age-graded include:

  • Clydesdale (male weight class awards): 170-184 lbs, 185-199 lbs, 200-214 lbs, 215-229 lbs, 230+ lbs.
  • Athena awards (female weight class awards): 145+ lbs.

Marathon relay participants will receive their relay medal as they finish their leg of the race. Only the last relay leg runner will receive their medal at the finish line. Relay awards are based on electronic net time. Awards will be given in the following team categories for the marathon relay:

  • Open Male, Open Female, Open Mixed (at least two females)
  • Masters Male, Masters Female, Masters Mixed (at least two females)

Collecting Your Award

Awards will be shipped to winners approximately one month after race results are finalized, so please make sure that the address on your registration confirmation is correct, as all awards will be shipped to the address you provided when you registered for the Williams Route 66 Marathon. Lost or stolen awards will not be replaced, so please keep your eye on your mailbox, and be patient! We personalize them all to make them extra special, and we’ll have them to you as soon as we can.

Participants are eligible for one award per race. Award winners in the Open and Masters divisions will be excluded from the age group and weight class awards.

Marathon Relay Information

They say teamwork makes the dream work, and we’ll give you a chance to prove it at the 2019 Williams Route 66 Marathon Relay! The marathon relay will be held on November 24, 2019 and will start with the marathon and half marathon at 8 am. The marathon relay is comprised of five legs and follows the same course as the marathon. A participant may opt to complete more than one leg of the relay; however, all relay teams must have between three and five participants. There are three types of teams: all male, all female, and mixed (at least two female participants). In order to qualify for the Masters division, all members of a team must be 40 years of age or older.

Relay Exchange Zones

All relay exchange zones will be clearly marked with cones, fencing, and signage. As participants approach the relay exchange zones, relay participants will be directed to the right side of the course, and marathon and half marathon participants will be directed to keep left.

Exchange Zone Safety

It is extremely important that relay team members keep the exchange zones and the course clear. It will be necessary to cross the course to get to exchange zones 1 and 3. Relay participants are responsible for getting across the street safely and for crossing the course without interfering with any other participants. Course marshals will be there to guide you across the course, but please be careful of the traffic and considerate of the other participants!

Marathon Relay Exchange Zones – While You Wait

Tulsa weather is anything but predictable! While we wish we had a crystal ball to tell you what to wear on race day, your best bet is to check the conditions race weekend and dress appropriately for the wait. Whether that means you need to bundle up or bring your rain gear, make sure you’re prepared, because there will be limited, if any, shelter at the exchange zones. However, water and portable restrooms will be available near each exchange zone. We recommend packing a bag with warm, dry clothing for the runner that will be finishing at your exchange zone so that he/she can change after completing his/her leg.You can then shed your extra layers and give them to the team member who will be returning to the start/finish area. No matter how you decide to handle the logistics, please remember that gear transfer is the responsibility of you and your teammates. Volunteers will not be responsible for transporting gear left on relay buses.

 Relay Exchange Zones 

Marathon Relay Numbers and Timing Tag

While you might think of “passing the baton” when you’re participating in a marathon relay, our system is a little bit different. The timing device for relay participants is attached to an ankle strap. Relay participants must wear the ankle strap while completing their leg of the relay and give it to the next team member to where upon reaching the relay exchange point.

All marathon relay participants will be issued a race number. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Wear the bib visibly on the front of your body – if you’re wearing a top layer that you may take off, consider pinning the bib to your pants/shorts!
  • Do not fold or crumple the bib.
  • Race numbers are non-transferable and may only be worn by the participant to whom they are assigned for safety reasons.

All relay participants will also receive a bib that reads “RELAY.” Please wear this bib visibly across the back while running/walking.

Relay Shuttles

NOTE: Relay shuttles are for marathon relay participants only. No spectators will be allowed on the shuttles.

Participants in the marathon relay who are completing the second, third, fourth, and fifth legs of the relay should board the shuttle buses provided at Guthrie Green Shuttle Hub near the intersection of Boston Avenue and Archer Street. The shuttle buses will take participants to each of the relay exchange zones. Shuttle buses are for participants only, so you must be wearing a marathon relay race number to board the bus. Spectators will not be allowed to board. Participants are also not able to ride the shuttle between exchange points.

The marathon relay shuttle buses will leave from the Guthrie Green Shuttle Hub approximately every 30 minutes as needed. We recommend arriving at the Shuttle Hub at least one hour before you expect to start running your leg of the relay, as we cannot guarantee the timing of the relay shuttle service. You are responsible for getting to your exchange zone on time, so plan accordingly!

Finish Area Access – Finisher Food and Photo

Marathon relay athletes completing the first, second, third, or fourth legs of the relay will access the finishers’ chute through a separate relay entrance, located just past the medal collection area. This separate entrance will allow relay participants access to finish line food and beverages. Marathon relay team members MUST be wearing their race bibs in order to access the finishers’ area. All participants will be able to take individual and team photos with their medals, get finisher food and drinks, and enjoy the finishers’ area! However, only participants completing the final leg of the relay will access the finishers’ area by crossing the finish line. Everyone else must utilize the separate entrance by showing their bib. Trust us, this keeps things running smoothly and avoids confusion! NOTE: MARATHON RELAY PARTICIPANTS MAY ONLY ENTER THE FINISHERS’ AREA ONCE. Relay participants must exchange the tab that says “One Food Tent” on their bibs in order to gain access to the finisher’s area. Please time your visit to the food tent accordingly if you plan to have your team photo taken!

Best Places to Watch

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman ever to official run the Boston Marathon, once said, “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Just in case that happens to apply to you (or even if it doesn’t), we strongly encourage you to come out and support the Williams Route 66 Marathon participants on race day! Nothing gives these athletes a bigger energy boost than being cheered and high-fived along the way, so come out and show them the hospitality that has made Tulsa famous. We’ve got plenty of easily accessible spots for you!

On the Marathon and Half Marathon Course

There are plenty of spots where you can watch our marathoners and half marathoners race!  

  • What better place to feel the excitement and electricity in the air than at the starting line? Hear the national anthem and watch the confetti fly as participants begin their journeys on the course. The start line is located in downtown Tulsa at 7th and Main Streets.
  • Love fall foliage? Cheer on your favorite participant (and everyone else) at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, near 25th Street and Yorktown and Utica Avenues or at Woodward Park, at 21st Street and Peoria Avenue!
  • Looking for a major party? Head to the corner of Woodward Blvd and Hazel Blvd for “Wild on Woodward,” a marathon-sized block party! There will be tons of snacks, music, and we’ve been told there could be a Jell-O shot or two!
  • Another favorite cheering spot among locals and visitors alike is Tulsa’s Brookside area, located on Peoria Avenue between 33rd and 39th Streets. There are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and more to ply you with whatever you need to get your pipes warmed up and ready to cheer!

On the Marathon Course (Miles 13 – 25.5)

Marathoners need love, too! Don’t forget about our marathon participants as they continue on their journeys after splitting from the half marathoners.

  • Kill two birds with one stone by grabbing some delicious brunch and cheering on our marathoners when you hang out in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District (on 1st and 2nd Streets between Detroit and Frankfort Avenues), the East Village (between 2nd and 6th Streets near Lansing and Kenosha), or the ever-popular Cherry Street area on 15th Street between Peoria and Utica Avenues.
  • Visit our BRAND NEW party location at 6th and Peoria, where you’ll be able to catch our marathoners twice! Spot them at miles 14 and 24 while you enjoy plenty of space to spread out, live music, and more! This is the place to watch your athletes during the toughest part of the race!
  • The University of Tulsa is another great cheering spot, especially at “The U” near 11th Street and Tucker Drive. There is plenty of parking and excellent viewing near the all-important 20-mile mark as runners start really digging deep.

At the Finish Line

Everyone loves to watch as someone achieves their dreams, right? If that sounds great to you, position yourself at the marathon finish line. With the finish line located at Guthrie Green in the Tulsa Arts District, fans will enjoy lining the District’s streets from First Street, through the Center of the Universe Detour, along Archer Street near Boulder Avenue to Cameron Street to see racers approach the finish line.

In addition to the excitement of watching participants cross the line, there will be an epic finish line party at Guthrie Green complete with great music, a car show, and plenty of other sights and sounds for all ages! Tulsa Arts District businesses will be open and ready to serve participants and spectators alike!

Check out the course maps for more possibilities on where you can spectate! Help us ROCK THE ROUTE on race day!

Maniac Corner Instructions

Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics, and 50 States Marathon Club Members – welcome to Tulsa! Reunion weekend is finally here, and we are just as excited to see you as you are to see each other! Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure that you receive all of our club VIP benefits on race weekend. We can’t wait to see you rock the Route in your club colors!

Pre-Race Perks

In order to gain access to all of the VIP benefits on race weekend, members of all three clubs must pick up their VIP bracelets at their respective club booths at the Health, Fitness, and Sustainability Expo on race weekend. The Williams Route 66 Marathon Health, Fitness, and Sustainability Expo will be held at the Cox Business Center, located at 100 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103, on Friday, November 22 from 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday, November 23 from 9:30 am – 6 pm.

  • The Marathon Maniac, Half Fanatic, and 50 States Marathon Club FREE group photo will be taken on Sunday, November 18 at 7:15 am. All club members should meet at the corner of 6th Street and Main Street at the Maniac Corner Start Line VIP Area.
  • Entry into the Maniac Corner Start Line VIP Area requires that all club members must wear their club bracelet in order to gain access to all of the special perks. The fenced VIP Area offers private bathrooms for club members only, a private gear check, and a fully staffed tent filled with volunteers.

Post-Race Fun

Following the race, club members will have access to even more awesome perks!

  • NEW FOR 2018: All participants will receive their medals in the finishers’ chute, including members of the Marathon Maniacs, 50 States Marathon Club,  and Half Fanatics. Club members will NOT exchange their finisher medals in the club areas, as has occurred in previous years. PLEASE COLLECT YOUR FINISHER MEDAL IN THE CHUTE REGARDLESS OF YOUR CLUB AFFILIATION.
  • Regardless of which medal you end up with, the Maniac Corner Finish Line VIP Area will be stocked with a huge private supply of post-race food, Gatorade, water, soft drinks, and of course, plenty of beer for everyone! Stick around post-race and watch your friends come in – you don’t want to miss this party!
  • All gear checked at the Maniac Corner Start Line VIP Area will be transported to the Finish Line VIP Area for quick pick up and no wait. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of our club members after you Rock the Route!

Doubler Instructions

We’re so glad you decided to take on the challenge of the Williams Route 66 Marathon Double! All participants in the Double, including members of Black Girls RUN!  Should pick up their doubler coins at the Logo Gear Tent after the race on Sunday. The Logo Gear Tent is located at the south end of Guthrie Green next to the beer tent – you can’t miss it! We hope you have double the fun on Race Weekend!

VIP Roadster Package Details

You’re the real VIP at the Williams Route 66 Marathon! As one of our VIP Roadster members, you’re in for some incredible experiences that are sure to make this race weekend one you’ll never forget! We can’t wait to welcome to you to Tulsa and show you how much we appreciate you. I hope you’ve brought your party (running) pants, because we’re about to celebrate big time!  

Express Packet Pick-Up

Get in, get out, and get on with your race weekend! You’ve got express packet pick-up at the expo. Just head to the VIP booth in the packet pick-up area! It will be right inside the doors to the left.

Pre-Race VIP Tent

Stay warm, hydrated, and happy at the VIP tent on race morning (Sunday only)! The pre-race VIP tent is located next to Maniac Corner at the intersection of 6th and Main. This heated tent will have catered food, drinks, and real flush toilets! That’s right – no porta potties for our VIPs. You guys get the good stuff!   

Gear Check

Check your gear at the VIP tent on race morning and pick it up at the designated VIP line in the gear check area at the finish line. Just think – no crazy lines or waiting. You’ll get straight to the party!

Please see the map below for information on the finisher area.

VIP Mother Road Package Details

You’re the real VIP at the Williams Route 66 Marathon! As one of our VIP Mother Road members, you’re in for some incredible experiences that are sure to make this race weekend one you’ll never forget! We can’t wait to welcome to you to Tulsa and show you how much we appreciate you. I hope you’ve brought your party (running) pants, because we’re about to celebrate big time!  

Express Packet Pick-Up

Get in, get out, and get on with your race weekend! You’ve got express packet pick-up at the expo. Just head to the VIP booth in the packet pick-up area! It will be right inside the doors to the left.  

Pre-Race VIP Tent

Stay warm, hydrated, and happy at the VIP tent on race morning (Sunday only)! The pre-race VIP tent is located next to Maniac Corner at the intersection of 6th and Main. This heated tent will have catered food, drinks, and real flush toilets! That’s right – no porta potties for our VIPs. You guys get the good stuff!   

Gear Check

Check your gear at the pre-race VIP tent and pick it up at the Zarrow Center – your post-race VIP headquarters! We’ll have everything ready and waiting for you with no lines or wait. Pack as much as you need to be ready to party!

Indoor Post-Race VIP Party

Bask in the glory of your magnificent race finish at the Zarrow Center! No matter what the weather, it’s perfect in here. The post-race party features catered food, beverages, and free beer and wine (21+), as well as a lounging area and real bathrooms! It’s the ultimate celebration – you deserve it!

The Zarrow Center is located across the street from the finish line. Please see the map below.

Race Day Cancellation, Race Alteration Policy, and Weather Policy

We know how hard you’ve worked to get to the start line, and we hope you know how hard we’ve been working all year to make race weekend special for you! This weekend matters a great deal to us all, but sometimes, plans change based on safety concerns. It is the primary goal of the Williams Route 66 Marathon to provide and ensure a safe event for participants, volunteers, and community attendees alike. We will be diligent in not exposing our participants, volunteers, or the community at large to any undue risk in the production and/or execution of the event. Decisions regarding race cancellations and/or alterations will be based on the safety of the larger community as well as the safety of the participants. Moreover, if community resources are threatened, we will act to protect them from unnecessary stress. Please know that we understand exactly how important race day is to you, and we do not take any decisions regarding cancellation or alteration lightly.

When weather conditions or other hazardous conditions present a danger to the participants as a whole, the Williams Route 66 Marathon officials reserve the right to cancel the race. Less threatening conditions could cause the alteration of the race, including the alteration of the race course and/or length of the race to ensure participant, volunteer, and community safety. The conditions fall under an “Act of God” and will not result in the refunding of any race entry fee or issuance of future race credits. The staging of an event of this magnitude places a significant financial burden on the Williams Route 66 Marathon organization prior to the event date, as the vast majority of costs are paid in advance. Thus, in the event of a forced race cancellation or alteration, it is probable that the financial impact on the race would not be any different than if the race were held without compromise.

The Williams Route 66 Marathon officials, along with City of Tulsa officials, will make decisions regarding the cancellation or alteration of the race in hazardous conditions. Prior to the race, the Williams Route 66 Marathon officials will inform the participants of the weather conditions and how the on-course flag system designation works. Williams Route 66 Marathon officials will describe any changes that may be considered as a result of weather or other unsafe conditions. In the case of a course evacuation, Williams Route 66 Marathon officials, Tulsa Police, and other City of Tulsa officials will communicate throughout the race course to direct participants to safe shelters to await transportation back to the start and/or finish area.

Weather

The Williams Route 66 Marathon has adopted the WBGT (Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature) index as its standard. High heat and humidity, as measured in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations for participation in endurance events, could result in cancellation of the event.  The WBGT measures the effects of heat and humidity, thereby making it more accurate than simply using the temperature alone as a gauge of conditions. WBGT is considered “the most practical heat stress index characterizing the effect of a heat stress environment on the individual.” While you might think that there’s not likely to be problem with heat during a mid-November race, the WBGT also measures when conditions are severe enough to cause hypothermia.

In order to alert participants to weather conditions on race day, the Williams Route 66 Marathon will use a flag system (refer to the table below). A banner with two flags reflecting the heat stress at the start time will be suspended over the street at the starting line. Gatorade stops along the course will also fly flags corresponding to the current heat stress level. Flags will be changed within 15 minutes of a change in heat stress level. The staff manning each Gatorade stop will be familiar with the meaning of each flag color.

While you personally may be used to extreme heat or cold conditions, not all participants are equally acclimated. We understand the disappointment and frustration of a race being cancelled or altered due to conditions that you personally may find acceptable. However, extreme conditions that are high risk already place a burden on community health care systems, including emergency medical transportation, as well as hospital emergency room capacity. Williams Route 66 Marathon officials will not knowingly place the community in any such position that will place a burden on the overall safety of the community.

The Williams Route 66 Marathon asserts that each participant assumes responsibility when entering an event with the potential risks that endurance events present. All participants should be discerning of their own fitness level in their decision to participate in the weekend events. Furthermore, the Williams Route 66 Marathon strongly advises all participants to cooperate with directives given by Williams Route 66 Marathon officials and to assist in ensuring the safety of their fellow participants, particularly when conditions are less than ideal. Let’s make sure all participants have a fun, happy, and SAFE race day!

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