This week the Williams Route 66 Marathon revealed the 2019 finisher’s medal to local media, legacy marathon runners, and board members. 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.
Green said race weekend for 2019 will be November 23-24 and that this year’s marathon route will follow the same path as the 2018 route. 2018 marked the race’s return to Riverside after a three-year absence during the construction of the Gathering Place.
In remarks before the medal reveal Green, said that the Williams Route 66 Marathon strives to ensure that participants have a great experience on race day, and also to showcase the city of Tulsa. “We bring more than 12,000 runners with an approximately $8 million dollar economic impact to Tulsa each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving,” Green said. The race course itself is designed to share Tulsa’s Art Deco architecture downtown, many of the city’s iconic neighborhoods, the University of Tulsa campus, and the lively atmospheres on Brookside and Cherry Street in addition to the Gathering Place park.
The race will start in the heart of downtown Tulsa at the intersection of Main and 7th streets, and will finish in the Tulsa Arts District at Guthrie Green.
As in previous years, the race will offer a special golden “My First Marathon” medal for participants completing their first marathon at the Williams Route 66 Marathon; but for the first time, the race is offering a “My First Half Marathon” medal to participants completing their first half marathon.
About the Route 66 Marathon
Since 2006, the Route 66 Marathon has hosted a world-class marathon weekend in the heart of Tulsa. Now in its fourteenth year, the marathon has grown into “Oklahoma’s biggest block party” complete with a Health, Fitness & Sustainability Expo, Fun Run, 5K, Mascot Dash, Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay. The 2019 events will be held November 23-24, 2019. With a focus on fun, the event offers participants unparalleled spectator support. It’s not uncommon for neighborhoods along the course to host their own unofficial aid stations and block parties to welcome the runners. The race also offers award-winning finisher medals and race premiums inspired by the classic cars from the Route 66 automobile era. Named a “Must Do Fall Race” by Runner’s World magazine, the Route 66 Marathon is truly a 26.2-mile long party. The event brings more than 12,000 runners to the Tulsa area from all 50 states and more than 10 countries each year and has an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million dollars. Runners who complete the Center of the Universe Detour, which adds an extra 0.3-mile to the marathon, can also proudly proclaim they’ve completed the World’s Shortest Ultramarathon! And yes, there’s beer at the finish line. To learn more, visit www.Route66marathon.com