Run on the Mother of all Roads.
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.
Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay
11/24/2019 – All races start at 8 am!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stash your (non-valuable) stuff with us! Gear check is located at the corner of 6th Street and Boston Avenue. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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. In case of a medical emergency, please notify the nearest aid station volunteer for assistance.
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.
All results are unofficial until certified by race officials. Participants can check their unofficial results at the Results Tent. 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.