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Overall Rating (56 Reviews)
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(56 Ratings)(56 Reviews)
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The Williams Route 66 Marathon is a Boston-qualifying race that is run on a USATF certified course throughout 26.2 miles of the historic and scenic streets of Tulsa. All participants are timed electronically, and first time marathoners will receive a special “My First Marathon” Finisher’s Medal. The Center of the … MORE
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    usamhall FIRST-TIMER '17

    I was hurt and walked 16 miles. Expo and race management are exceptional. Live in Tulsa so this was a must do race. Only wish I hadn't hurt my ankle … MORE

    I was hurt and walked 16 miles. Expo and race management are exceptional. Live in Tulsa so this was a must do race. Only wish I hadn’t hurt my ankle two weeks before.

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    BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '14

    Tulsa seemed like a forced marathon, an effort to get in another state before the end of the year. My high school friend went to college in Tulsa and never … MORE

    Tulsa seemed like a forced marathon, an effort to get in another state before the end of the year. My high school friend went to college in Tulsa and never left so I got to spend time with her. She ran the half marathon and was part of her company’s marathon team. I also met up with a friend I met running in Idaho. He lives in Houston, but is from Tulsa, so coming back to run the half was a good option for him. He had just returned from India on business.

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    Fragileflower12 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well run~minus some signage/book snafus with relay pickup names. Great and friendly people. Nice residential scenery in mid to late Nov! Be prepared for super cold weather. Add in the … MORE

    Well run~minus some signage/book snafus with relay pickup names. Great and friendly people. Nice residential scenery in mid to late Nov! Be prepared for super cold weather. Add in the 1 miles and 5k combos for more bling and fun. Loved the music and mascot race. Loved the neighborhood cheering sections. Visit the Tulsa Zoo while there!

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    Fragileflower12 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Loved doing the 1 miler and 5k back to back on Sat! Expo was amazing! Super friendly people! Take the kiddos for the runs and watch the mascot race! Well … MORE

    Loved doing the 1 miler and 5k back to back on Sat! Expo was amazing! Super friendly people! Take the kiddos for the runs and watch the mascot race! Well run! I recommend visiting their zoo as well. Had a great time!

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    Fragileflower12 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Great flat and fast 1 mile race for extra bling on a great weekend! Take the kiddos! Amazing participation! Loved the mascots! Friendly people! Great expo! Great experience! MORE

    Great flat and fast 1 mile race for extra bling on a great weekend! Take the kiddos! Amazing participation! Loved the mascots! Friendly people! Great expo! Great experience!

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    aispuroar03 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Tulsa was hit with some winter weather the night before so throughout the race, the temperature was in the 30s with light to moderate winds. The race had some rolling … MORE

    Tulsa was hit with some winter weather the night before so throughout the race, the temperature was in the 30s with light to moderate winds. The race had some rolling hills as you start out downtown and make your way through some neighborhoods. The neighborhood roads were rough, with cracks, potholes, and uneven roads. By mile 6 your make your way going back towards downtown and at mile 8, you run along the river. With the wind blowing, it made the 2+ miles freezing cold until you got up on the bridge. Once you make the down and back on the bridge, it’s a 5k run to the finish line with a nice steep hill going up and then back down towards the finish.
    The Post Race area was okay. Muscle milk, Gatorade, & Pizza with an area for pictures, but there wasn’t any photographers there to take them. Bathrooms are outside the finishers area and you’re not allowed to re-enter, even if you’re a runner because i was wanting to get a family picture together whenever my wife & mother-in-law finished.
    My wife and Mother-in-law are back of the pack runners and i dont know if it was volunteers or race organizers, but they were being very pushy with them to get to the sidewalks by the time they got to the river, even when they were still meeting the pace requirements.
    Crowd support was great throughout the race, even with the cold weather. water stop at almost every mile & plenty of beer and fireball shot stops if you’re into that. Swag was disappointing for as much as the organizers were hyping it up whenever we signed up for the race at an expo.
    Probably won’t run this race again anytime soon unless the swag & medals are worth it, but i think we’re saving our money and looking at either the Hangover series in Kansas or NYE/NYD race in Allen, TX.

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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well run course! The multitude of community spectator beer stop..WOW! I don’t drink beer but there were a few Fireball stops.❤️ 2018 was very cold, I thought traveling 1100 miles … MORE

    Well run course! The multitude of community spectator beer stop..WOW! I don’t drink beer but there were a few Fireball stops.❤️ 2018 was very cold, I thought traveling 1100 miles south it would be warm, but no! The extra bling for the shortest ultra was fun and with Jell-O shots! I did not like the post race. They made very regimented, could not return to the finish line, shuttled you out like cattle and then I couldn’t find the special tents or certain food they said would be there. Everything was so far apart.

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    pollygolightly2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It's a fun race, some minor hills, but nothing too bad. Great swag, pizza at the end, and entertainment along the way. Water stops were great. The neighborhoods sponsor different … MORE

    It’s a fun race, some minor hills, but nothing too bad. Great swag, pizza at the end, and entertainment along the way. Water stops were great. The neighborhoods sponsor different types of water stops, those are probably more fun, lol.

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    Peter REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course was hilly for the first few miles, and the wind was blocked by the residential houses. However the three-mile stretch on the river was really cold - be … MORE

    The course was hilly for the first few miles, and the wind was blocked by the residential houses. However the three-mile stretch on the river was really cold – be prepared.

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    Bettejh1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I registered for this because my S.O. is a big Route 66 history fan. He does not run, but I announces we HAD to do this race b/c of the … MORE

    I registered for this because my S.O. is a big Route 66 history fan. He does not run, but I announces we HAD to do this race b/c of the Rte 66 connection. He agreed to walk the 5k if I walked it with him. This was a tough agreement, since I would probably have medaled in AG, but I was happy to do it so he could get the Rte 66 medal for his Rte 66 collection of junk, LOL.
    Anyway, we flew from LA on Friday and arrived early afternoon. The Expo was only a $7 Lyft ride. The expo was in a very large area and not very full of vendors of people, so it was nice to walk around. Bib pickup for the 5k was only available on Friday, so you have to go that day. Kind of a bummer if your flight got delayed or something as it closes at 6PM. Anyway, got our bibs (I got 2 since I was doing the half on Sunday), jacket (me), long sleeve t-shirt (us) and some samples, etc. and headed to our hotel.
    The Courtyard on Boston and 4th is 2 blocks from the start line, so its a good place to stay although not inexpensive. It is in an old office building with the original marquee sign (Atlas Life) and a great example of Art Deco design; it is in the Deco District and if you admire historic architecture, you will enjoy this place and the buildings in the adjacent streets.
    There is a small “grab and go” selection of stuff if you need it pre-race, and a SB coffee counter open most if not all the time.
    We walked to the 5k start on Saturday, about 1-1/2 miles away. It was cold! And windy! Glad we brought cold weather run/walk stuff. Glad to have the free gloves from the expo, too. Bart Yasso was announcing the 5k start (and the next day’s events) and I just love him; I’ve gotten photos with him elsewhere and he’s always so accessible.
    The 5k route was not exceptional and we didn’t even walk on Rte 66 but it was the first time the S.O. and I did an event together, so we had fun. If you can stay for the Mascot Dash, it is fun, funny and a good photo opp.
    I insisted we rest for my half the next day so we Uber’d to a tavern called Blackbird on Pearl to sit and listen to some live, local music. Got to bed early for a 6AM wake up.
    Coffee and a banana from the lobby, peanut butter on bread I snagged the day before from the Jimmy John’s across the street and I was set to go. I have never, in 26+ years of racing, worn anything but shorts and a tank and I’ve run in what I considered some pretty chilly places but when we walked outside I was soooo glad I was wearing knee-length capris and arm sleeves…and a hat and gloves and 2 throw-away tops. Man!!! It was 34 degrees and windy. I was in corral A and discovered the 2:00 pacer was in corral B and I was not allowed to switch unless it was to corral D, so in I went to A. Goodbye to S.O., goodbye to first layer. Chatted with great folks in the corral about my non-plan, since I was just going to go with the pacer this time. Oh, well, it was for fun, right?
    The course was rolling hills the first 6 miles or so, which I really like. I previewed it and expected this, but the next 6 miles were flat or a slight incline….and a very strong (12-14 mph?) headwind from about 7 to 11. I tried drafting, but it was still an encumbrance. There were a few inclines toward the end…one short but steep downhill and then….turn turn turn. You could not really determine how far the finish was visually because of all the turns until you were almost done. A very exciting finish, it was about the only place there was a crowd. The course had neighborhoods with residents out on their driveways, but really not much support. I’m okay with that, but I know some runners need it for motivation. You do get to see how the “other half” lives in Tulsa, lots of very large homes on the course.
    We did run a small stretch on Rte 66 and under a sign, but I didn’t do the full, so didn’t get on it much and didn’t do the Center of the Universe detour (did that later in the day and it is a pretty amazing little spot in the city, worth the walk if you are interested).
    I finished 2:01:46, not my best but an average finish for me when the course isn’t optimal, 8th in AG out of 196. It was a fun and well organized race. The swag is plentiful, medals actually stand up like little trophies.
    There was not a lot at the finish…some food as you came through the finish area (pizza slices, bananas, etc) and you did get a mylar blanket. It was a little hassle trying to find the “double race” medallion I was supposed to get, turned out to be in the Fleet Feet booth where where they were selling stuff. I was pretty hungry by the time we got to the hotel, which we walked back to, approximately 1.5 miles from finish line.
    If you are new to Tulsa, also check out the Woody Guthrie Center. Plenty of good places to eat and some incredible Art Deco architecture downtown. Enjoy it.

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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '18

    I have thought about doing this event fo a few years due to being Route 66 and the other reviews about how it is an awesome event. Well this year … MORE

    I have thought about doing this event fo a few years due to being Route 66 and the other reviews about how it is an awesome event. Well this year it fit my schedule
    Tulsa is about six hours from home so we made this a racecation of sorts.
    Registered early and reserved a room at the Holiday Inn (an official race hotel).
    I registered for the full marathon with the center of the universe detour.
    I wanted to do the 5k on Saturday but since they require you to go to the expo to pickup packets I couldn’t make it to Tulsa prior to the expo closing Friday.
    I know this is the race review but a word on my hotel. It was right by the starting line which is why I chose it. But I wouldn’t go back to it. Room was dirty. Elevators are a mess. You have to put your room key in the elevator to get to the room floors. This malfunctioned constantly and on race morning and post race it was worse. I would suggest trying any other hotel. Most Cowtown are witchin walking distance of start/finish/ and expo. Those that aren’t offer shuttles to those sites.
    Back to the run
    The expo, pretty much a standard on any big event. Everyone must visit to pickup race packets. It was. Small expo but most are these days. I think the days of the large expos are over packet pickup was easy. Your entry fee gets you a bib and a jacket (Marathon). Other distances get a shirt or a vest. The jacket was okay but not sure it is something I will wear. It is a thin lightweight jacket but not a performance fabric.
    As with all expos various vendors for running, fitness, and a few non-fitness vendors were present. They also had various speakers, panels, and classes happening during the expo.
    Race Day. As stated my hotel was at the start line which was awesome. There was. Corral system and I believe four or five corrals. Each was to start five minutes apart. This was an honor system corral assignment in that when you register you tell them your estimated finish time and they put you in that corral. The corrals didn’t seem crowded, at least A wasn’t so there was room to run. Confetti cannons went off for each start to get the party going.
    So the actual run. The course was hilly, no serious hills just lots of smaller hills. The course seemed to flatten out after five or so miles but the hills kicked back in after a few flat miles. Lots of police where there blocking traffic. There were some areas where the roads were uneven in the later miles. Kind of chewed up and not good for tired legs trying yo get footing. This event has a detour of .3 miles called The. Center of the Universe that you sign up for when you registered. If you complete the detour you get a large coin. Santa was there and hands it to you so if you do t have any pockets you will have to carry it for the last half mile or so. Totally with it and I believe it was no extra cost. Course had lots of turns. Many nice neighborhoods, past several parks, some business areas to see. I expected more RT66 type stuff. I did see one sign on a bridge that said Route 66.
    Course support. Plenty of aid stations. All had water and Gatorade and the Gatorade was full strength and not watered down like most events. There were also a couple of places in the later miles to get a sports gel and one station had bananas and oranges. Many had medical tents as well as port-o-johns.
    Crowd support. I have read how this was a giant party so I was expecting more. It could of been the weather (33 degrees, misty, and windy so it was wet and cold). The aid stations had lots of support. But the block parties I had heard so much about well to me they were underwhelming. But having said that if you partake in adult beverages then there was no shortage of spectator supplied Jell-O shots, rum shots, beer, and whiskey available on most of the course. Some even had snacks set out.
    Finish line. Well laid out and good flow to get the runners medals and post race refreshments. After the finish line you get your medal. It is one of the nicer medals. They also had differ t. Deals if you were running your first marathon, part of Marathon maniacs, Black Girls Run, and others I think. After the medal you get a solar blanket, drinks, and pizza. Always a touchy subject. I finished in 4:20 and the drink bins were almost empty as was the pizza. Maybe they hadn’t restocked but there were at least 600 runners behind me.
    There were a few vendors at the finish line area but I didn’t visit any.
    Pictures. I got my picture email today. They were disappointing only a few pictures from two areas on the course. No finish line photos at all. Two thirds of the photos they said were me are not.
    My performance while being right where I normally finish wasn’t good. I expected a better finish. First half was good. Last 6 to 8 miles I fell apart. Possible fueling issues. I was frozen and I wore two leg layers, three upper body layers, gloves, and a hat.
    ( love my Nike hyper warm base layers) May have had something to do with my results.
    Overall impression, semi challenging course, okay expo, decent location, underwhelmed by crowd support (possible weather related), okay jacket, awesome finisher medal and detour coin. I would say give it a run if it fits your schedule. I have run many events and I know over the last few years attendance of runners, vendors, and spectators are down and this event is no exception. Probably won’t be a repeat event for me

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    aispuroar03 Jan 03, 2019 at 2:02pm

    Had the same issue with hotel elevator after the race. management kept thinking it was our key until we made him ride the elevator with us. waste of time dealing… MORE

    Had the same issue with hotel elevator after the race. management kept thinking it was our key until we made him ride the elevator with us. waste of time dealing with this issue since we had to be checked out of there in like 2hrs. Was disappointing with the race jacket as well. had to get a different one twice because the zipper kept breaking. LESS

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    shane-newcomb FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race will never be recommended by me. For all the people behind me they had very little support, they had water stations pouring the water/Gatorade out on the ground … MORE

    This race will never be recommended by me. For all the people behind me they had very little support, they had water stations pouring the water/Gatorade out on the ground as they approached the station. The streets were horrible. Spent more time dodging cracks and potholes than I did running at times. It was just over sized 5K is all it was but then again the 5K was way better. And I would find a different photographer for future races. They weren’t even taking photos of the marathoners on their legs.

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '18

    Wow was it cold on Sunday! This was a great race, but the temperatures were in the low 30s and then a 15-20mph wind made it really cold, at least … MORE

    Wow was it cold on Sunday! This was a great race, but the temperatures were in the low 30s and then a 15-20mph wind made it really cold, at least for this southern boy! The jacket and medal were awesome which made it worth it. This was my 24th state and 45th half marathon. The volunteers were outstanding considering the conditions. My biggest struggle was about the last couple of miles as they brought in a few tough hills to fight through. As a pyrotechnician, I loved the confetti cannons to start the race. That was a nice touch that I had never experienced at other races. It was nice getting a picture with the Route 66 overpass. Finally, you must check out the “Center of the Universe” when you run this race. One of the neatest things ever!

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    jalderink FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a very fun race! The volunteers were so friendly at packet pickup and there were plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate the race. The pre-race announcers/music put you … MORE

    This was a very fun race! The volunteers were so friendly at packet pickup and there were plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate the race. The pre-race announcers/music put you in the mood to run 13.1 (or longer) miles and the volunteers, again, were simply the best. The course was beautiful without being to technical except those dang uphills in the last mile! I am hopeful to come back on a year when the weather is a bit warmer!

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    SlowJuan REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The Williams Route 66 Marathon is my "Home Field" and you'd think after running it 12 times, I'd be tired of it. To quote Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my … MORE

    The Williams Route 66 Marathon is my “Home Field” and you’d think after running it 12 times, I’d be tired of it. To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend!’ Despite the cold, blustery weather, the 2018 edition went smoothly and a good (but frigid) time was had by all. The “pros” for the race, and there are a lot of them, include; a great Expo, participant jackets, a confetti-cannon start, exceptional finisher’s medals and special recognition medal versions for 1st-Time Marathoners, Maniacs, Fanatics , 50-Staters and the welcome addition of Black Girls Run. Don’t bypass the Center of the Universe detour at Mile-25 (an additional 0.3 miles), even if you do feel like roadkill. You’ll receive a commemorative coin and can boast that you’ve completed the world’s shortest ultra-marathon. (Yes, I realize that’s not really all that impressive……but it just sounds cool.) The Tulsa course reverted back to Riverside Drive in 2018 and now runs right past The Gathering Place, Tulsa’s new $465 million public park. Be sure to allow time after the marathon to limp through this incredible addition to the Tulsa community. And even with the challenging weather, scores of the Tulsa-faithful held yard parties along the course offering a variety of “anti-freeze” options. R66 still has the dubious distinction of offering more alcohol opportunities per mile than any other marathon in the nation. For the “brewies” (and you know who you are), check out; Welltown Brewery, Dead Armadillo Brewing, Cabin Boys Brewing, Prairie Brew Pub or Marshall Brewing. Plenty of après-marathon choices in case you failed to imbibe sufficiently on the course. Run swiftly and stay thirsty, my friends!

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    jessuazo FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first postpartum half marathon. I couldn't have asked for a better race. The weather was perfect, the course was challenging and you CANNOT beat the crowd support … MORE

    This was my first postpartum half marathon. I couldn’t have asked for a better race. The weather was perfect, the course was challenging and you CANNOT beat the crowd support on this course. Yes–it is hilly–but it’s such a fun time. The expo is large and full of great vendors, the race swag is AWESOME! I’d definitely recommend this race!

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    aispuroar03 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Had a fun time in Tulsa with this race. The expo was in a different location than where they had the starting line. Had a great start to the race. … MORE

    Had a fun time in Tulsa with this race. The expo was in a different location than where they had the starting line. Had a great start to the race. there was a few areas to where they had construction along the course but still had some beautiful sights to see. Two issues: 1) i had finished the race, & the restrooms were outside the finishers area, whenever i tried to go back into the area for the food, i wasnt allowed back in. Also, you had to pay for a finishers shirt. normally this would come with your registration after you finished but this wasn’t available. we still got our registration jacket and medal.

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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Iconic race. Well run event. Competitive field. Strong attendance, but did not feel overcrowded. Real nice medal. Pretty easy course for a chance at a PR. Great perks for Half … MORE

    Iconic race. Well run event. Competitive field. Strong attendance, but did not feel overcrowded. Real nice medal. Pretty easy course for a chance at a PR. Great perks for Half Fanatic club members! Lots of weird things to see along Route 66. I did the 5K Saturday and the Half on Sunday. This was a must do race for me and I enjoyed the experience.

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    addycra REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Really great race! If I repeat this race I'll do the Relay! Their jacket (swag) was much better than the half and the actual full marathons! Weather started out a … MORE

    Really great race! If I repeat this race I’ll do the Relay! Their jacket (swag) was much better than the half and the actual full marathons!

    Weather started out a little cold but it quickly warmed up!

    Lastly, those HILLS are no joke but the community is great!

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    crbritain FIRST-TIMER '17

    Plenty of aid stations! So many people cheering you on and love music! One of the best races I’ve ever done! Can’t wait to go back next year and try … MORE

    Plenty of aid stations! So many people cheering you on and love music! One of the best races I’ve ever done! Can’t wait to go back next year and try the full marathon!

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