The 2020 Williams Route 66 Marathon is Going Virtual
The Williams Route 66 Marathon is going virtual! While we know it’s not quite the same as an in-person race, we believe that the best way to keep everyone safe and still experience some of that Route 66 magic is to move to a virtual event. This isn’t just going to be any old virtual race, though – your race packet will come packed with surprises, as well as a specially designed hoodie and medal!
This was supposed to be our 15th-anniversary event, so it’s especially hard to let go. With that in mind, we’re calling this our 14 ½ – year anniversary and celebrating the main event next year! We have three options for registered participants:
- Participate in our virtual event, to be held the weekend of November 21-22, 2020.
- Donate the value of your registration to Kicks for Kids, the official charity of the Williams Route 66 Marathon.
- Defer your registration to 2021 or 2022.
Registered participants have one week to select their preferred option. If an option is not selected during the 7-day window, the registration will automatically be donated to Kicks for Kids.
Registered participants who choose to participate in our virtual event will complete their race distance during this year’s race weekend, November 21-22, 2020, and will receive a $15 discount off of the registration fee for next year’s race. Virtual participants will receive a special 14 ½ – year anniversary medal and a hoodie to commemorate this unique year, and you know we take our medals and swag very seriously, so it’s going to be good! The Oklahoma Standard challenge will still be in effect, so once all of the virtual race times are uploaded, you’ll receive your Oklahoma Standard medal in the mail. You will have until December 1 to submit the results of your virtual race.
Registered participants Kicks for Kids is the official charity of the Williams Route 66 Marathon. Our innovative program pairs Williams Route 66 Marathon race directors with local Title I Elementary Schools not served by the YMCA to help kids complete their first 5k at the Williams Route 66 Marathon race weekend. Donating your registration to Kicks for Kids could help an underserved child discover a lifelong love of running, and what could be more rewarding than giving the gift of running to someone else?
Participants who choose to defer their registration may defer to 2021 or 2022. We want you to have options, and we’d love to have you join us and ROCK the Route in the future!
This decision was not made lightly, and we are deeply saddened that we won’t get to welcome you across the finish line in-person in November. Unfortunately, the burden on our healthcare system meant that we would not be able to properly staff our medical team with volunteers. As a result, we could not guarantee the health and safety of our participants at the event, which is our highest priority. Additionally, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the extremely high cost that would be incurred in order to produce an in-person event would also have negatively impacted the ability of our organization to carry out our charitable mission in the future.
We know that you are just as sad as we are about the cancellation of this year’s event. We promise to make 2021 even better than ever to celebrate! In the meantime, let’s stay in touch on social media as we continue to use running as a way to stay healthy and reduce stress during this time. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get connected and stay connected.
What will come in my race packet?
Your race packet will arrive right before race weekend with everything you need to ROCK the Route virtually! You’ll receive a hoodie as your participant swag, plus a special 14 ½ medal commemorating the 2020 race, which we’re calling our 14 ½ -year anniversary! This is one unique medal that you don’t want to miss out on. We’ll also include some special surprises that will bring some of that special Tulsa block-party magic to your virtual race day.
How/when do I submit my results?
You will submit your results through your participant account between November 22 – December 1, 2020 dates. We will send out a comprehensive email with instructions on how to do so closer to November. You are able to submit your results via a link, a photo, or supported wearable devices. If you are completing your run or walk outdoors, many types of apps and watches/devices will record your distance and time. If you are using a treadmill, a photo of the display will be accepted. You can enter a link to a public page from an app, take a screenshot from your phone, or take a photo of your watch or your treadmill. Please be sure to record both your distance and time.
Can I receive a refund instead?
We’re not able to offer refunds for this year’s event, but we do offer the option to defer your entry to our 2021 or 2022 races. Additionally, those who choose to participate in our virtual race will receive a $15 discount off of next year’s registration fee. We appreciate your understanding, as the vast majority of our costs are incurred long before race day in the form of permits and other expenses.
Will I still be eligible for the Oklahoma Standard medal? //How do I receive the Oklahoma Standard medal?
Yes! In-person races might be canceled for the fall, but that doesn’t make your accomplishment any less impressive. Runners and walkers who participate in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon virtual event and the Route 66 Marathon virtual events will need to submit evidence of their completion time for each race, and the Oklahoma Standard medal will be mailed to all participants completing the challenge.
How long do I have to decide on virtual?
All registered participants have 7 days from the date of the cancellation email to choose whether to participate in the virtual event, defer their registration to 2021 or 2022, or donate their registration to Kicks for Kids. Selections must be made by August 12, 2020.
How long do I have to submit my times?
Participants will have 10 days to submit their event times. All times must be submitted between November 21-December 1.