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Overall Rating (118 Reviews)
4.5
(118 Ratings)  (118 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 Universe … MORE
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    mlavartastella FIRST-TIMER '21

    It was poorly organized, no medals at the finishen line, yes they say because of covid. The route at first was really okay 13.1 but the last half was awful, … MORE

    It was poorly organized, no medals at the finishen line, yes they say because of covid. The route at first was really okay 13.1 but the last half was awful, it’s like the town went died, there was a few people celebrating in there yards. But support and direction was awful the last 6 miles. The last 2 and half miles was really bad. Me and another lady just guessed where to go there was nothing to tell where to go or signs. And the the Center of the Universe was a joke! I was very disappointed in the whole marathon. I will never do a full there again. Maybe a half!

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    mjsutton REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my second time to run the Route 66 Half Marathon, and I am planning to make it an annual event. From communication to race organization to on-course support, … MORE

    This was my second time to run the Route 66 Half Marathon, and I am planning to make it an annual event. From communication to race organization to on-course support, this is an overall great race. The past two times I’ve run the race, I’ve also stayed at a downtown hotel that is literally at the start line, which has been especially convenient, and the finish line isn’t too far away.

    Unfortunately, the medals had not arrived when the race occurred, and not having a medal to hang around your neck at the finish line was a little bit of a downer. (I obviously run for the medals! Ha!) But, I know the organizers will make good on getting the medals to us at some point in the near future.

    Truly, the on-course support is also one of the best I have experienced. The city really turns out to support the race and runners. The race weaves through many lovely neighborhoods, and this is really where neighbors are present to cheer folks on, which is much appreciated!

    Overall, this is a great event and one I plan to participate in for the foreseeable future!

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    travmccullar FIRST-TIMER '21

    I loved this race throughout the beautiful downtown Tulsa area and through the beautiful neighborhoods and up Riverside Drive. Great support from the community and crowds and volunteers made it … MORE

    I loved this race throughout the beautiful downtown Tulsa area and through the beautiful neighborhoods and up Riverside Drive. Great support from the community and crowds and volunteers made it a blast. Overall a tough race and lots of hills but the scenery was perfect! Can’t wait to run it again next year!

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    cfconwayiii FIRST-TIMER '21

    Awesome staff and volunteers, church choir in first mile was great Course is fast with a few hills, I missed a PR by 31seconds, may have been the hill around … MORE

    Awesome staff and volunteers, church choir in first mile was great
    Course is fast with a few hills, I missed a PR by 31seconds, may have been the hill around mile 12 along with a head wind
    Post race snacks were ok
    Swag: really nice half zip pullover and we have not received our medals because they are stuck on a boat
    My wife ran the full marathon and she loved everything course, support, and people cheering you on
    I definitely would recommend this race

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    bkg_83 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is the best race to run! It highlights the great city of Tulsa! I love the community and the directors who make this race happen! Everything about this event … MORE

    This is the best race to run! It highlights the great city of Tulsa! I love the community and the directors who make this race happen! Everything about this event is awesome!

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    longcommakelsey REPEAT RUNNER '21

    It’s obvious the race directors work hard to put on a good race but they also have the best community. Volunteers are amazing and the spectators in the neighborhoods are … MORE

    It’s obvious the race directors work hard to put on a good race but they also have the best community. Volunteers are amazing and the spectators in the neighborhoods are amazing. I should know, I was out there for over 7 hours and there was so much energy and support!

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    ChristineRoemer FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was a nice race. There were only two thing that would make it better. More of the race being on Route 66 and better snacks/food at the finish. MORE

    This was a nice race. There were only two thing that would make it better. More of the race being on Route 66 and better snacks/food at the finish.

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    mzfisch FIRST-TIMER '21

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this race. There were so many people supporting along the route with hilarious signs! It was a fun distraction for me, as my training … MORE

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this race. There were so many people supporting along the route with hilarious signs! It was a fun distraction for me, as my training wasn’t as where I like it to be and my only goal was to have fun and finish. I typically run smaller races and trails, so I’ve also never seen pacers in a race. That was a fun attribute and a helpful goal for me to work toward. I appreciated the fact there were plentiful aid stations and restrooms along the course. The scenery was also lovely – the course winds through some beautiful neighborhoods, there is a long stretch along the Arkansas River, and a small portion of the race runs on the actual route 66. I enjoyed the rolling hills and the beautiful fall colors still hanging around (the fall color display here in Colorado is well over by now!).

    Half marathon runners were given a half zip long sleeve tech shirt and another major perk was the free professional photos with tons of photographers along the route! The only disappointments for me was that our race packet was sealed and I assumed there were bib pins in there and when I got back to the hotel there were none. I also didn’t see any at the expo and had to frantically borrow some from other runners at the hotel (I’ll just make sure to bring my own next time, so this is a lesson learned and I’ll take some responsibility here). COVID delays also meant the medals were not ready to hand out, which is sort of a bummer because I love taking pictures at the finish line with my prize! I’m trying to run all 50 states so I actually really enjoy keeping the medals to display – I believe they are shipping them though? And one more picky thing: I was excited to see Lululemon was a sponsor but no swag or a discount at the store? C’mon!

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    Hanson FIRST-TIMER '21

    Bottom Line Up Front: A great overall race that's well organized and I would recommend to anyone. You can PR but you probably won't run your fastest possible race. I … MORE

    Bottom Line Up Front: A great overall race that’s well organized and I would recommend to anyone. You can PR but you probably won’t run your fastest possible race. I PR’ed but didn’t hit my time goal. One year I’ll have to come back to run the half and just enjoy all the free booze on offer from spectators.

    Difficulty: Its hilly. There’s no getting around that. I live and train in a hilly area and I was still surprised how hilly it was. My biggest takeaway from this race was to never rely on race provided topography maps again. The scale is so distorted on those. I studied it well and got by ok, but afterwards looked at Garmin/Strava and got a much better read and it would have changed my strategy a little. Be smart and let the uphills slow you a bit and accelerate down the back.
    Production: Very well organized and professional race. Corrals at the start were good. No wait at the expo. The medals did get stuck at port (not the race’s fault). I was also blown away by the fan support but like every marathon I’ve done it was a lot heavier on the front half where the half marathoners were and died off in the back. Understandable I guess since you have 1/10th of the amount of people to cheer for. Aid stations were well placed and well stocked. My only complaint there was that many of the stations didn’t seem to be handing the cups out and since they were so tightly placed on the table I had to come to a dead stop and carefully pick some up less I knock over a ton of them. I skipped the center of the universe detour, but walked past it on my way back to the hotel. It appeared underwhelming. I did wish there was a bit more music on the course. Particularly something in the final miles of the marathon to push you a long when the fan support is next to none would have been great. The finish line itself was great but by then you don’t really need support. There was some good local beer at the finish included free as well as free race photos. The race photos seem very low resolution though. Good enough for a social media post but pixelated quickly if you try to zoom in. Kind of a bummer since there doesn’t seem to be away to even buy a better quality version.
    Scenary: I loved the course overall. Winded through some great neighborhoods, along the river, towntown, etc. Basically a tour of the city. I live a few hours away and have visited the town before but saw way more on this run than I ever have and it totally changed my opinion and interest level in visiting again. Like other marathons I’ve done though things got kinda quiet and less interesting after the half marathon split. Not terrible, but certainly some more commercial areas of less appeal, but still plenty of hills.
    Swag: This is the only race I’ve ever run that didn’t give me a t-shirt. Yes, marathoners got a nice quarter zip pullover but I’ve run multiple other events where such items were in addition to the basic tech shirt. Maybe the quality is better, but to be honest I’ll rarely use it as I have a different combo I use for cold weather that works well for me. A tech t-shirt on the other hand would have been in my regular rotation. While the medal hasn’t arrived yet I was also really bummed by the design. It looks like a million other race medals. Past years had a really awesome, unique hood ornament type look I was excited about getting. Other things that elevated the SWAG would be FREE race photos (even if the resolution is poor) and free craft beer at the finish versus the mass produced typical free beer at finish lines. While bummed by the medal design and lack of a tech shirt it’s still above average swag.
    Weather: I guess people’s opinion on the weather is specific to them. It was low 50s at the start and warmed up to the mid to high 50s by the finish. Wind was constant 10mph with some gusts in the 20s. For me the wind was brutal and it was about 10 degrees higher temp than my optimal at the start. I was hot and took my shirt off around mid way. Others kept sleeves on the whole time.

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    CG23 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The start of this race was very inspiring and memorable, they shot off confetti as you passed the start line and it was a great start to an otherwise uneventful … MORE

    The start of this race was very inspiring and memorable, they shot off confetti as you passed the start line and it was a great start to an otherwise uneventful race. The course was lacking scenery but what made up for it was the spectator support. Around every corner there were people cheering and encouraging with signs and it is the only race I’ve ran without both ear buds in. I was a little nervous about all the hills that were on the course, but I was pleasantly surprised they did not give me more trouble than they did.
    One disappointing thing was that the medals did not come in so the race staff will have to mail everybody there medals, unfortunate but not much they could do about it. Other than that they had great volunteers, food and wonderful atmosphere to run in. The weather was great, a little on the cool side, perfect for running.

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    grimeslaw FIRST-TIMER '21

    All the reviews from prior years talked about how hilly the course is--and they weren't exaggerating. If there's a 1/2 mile of flat road in Tulsa, I don't think the … MORE

    All the reviews from prior years talked about how hilly the course is–and they weren’t exaggerating. If there’s a 1/2 mile of flat road in Tulsa, I don’t think the marathon covered it. That being said, the people were fantastic. Leading up to the race, the expo was a disaster. It was moved from indoors to outside which apparently caused practically all of the vendors to disappear. In addition, trying to obtain my bibs and packet was a joke. I paid extra for the VIP package–which was supposed to result in a quick in-and-out trip to get the packet. After standing in line for 25 minutes while someone tried to find my packet, I was then told it was still back at an office and there was no clue as to when it would arrive. So, I would not recommend wasting your money on a VIP package. The marathon itself was well organized. The wind was tough at times and at times made it feel chillier than the reported temp. I liked running through all the neighborhoods with so many folks hanging out, partying, offering beer, donuts, Firebird, jello shots, and the more mundane water, oranges and bananas. I’ve run races where local folks complain about the music and the closed streets and it was great having a choir and bands and radios going throughout the course. I’m a slow runner and the fans were still there after 4+ hours. As people have mentioned, all the medals (including the Center of the Universe coin) are apparently still stuck on a ship somewhere, but they let us know as soon as it appeared they wouldn’t make it on time. Even though the course kicked my butt, it was a good race and I’d recommend it.

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    BrianYowler FIRST-TIMER '21

    As a 50-states Club member (or Maniacs), there were tons of extra "VIP" perks provided that were amazing! If you are in either of these clubs, do this race! -Lots … MORE

    As a 50-states Club member (or Maniacs), there were tons of extra “VIP” perks provided that were amazing! If you are in either of these clubs, do this race!
    -Lots of free on-street parking in downtown Tulsa on race day.
    -The course itself is hilly and not interesting. It simply winds through the neighborhoods of Tulsa. From this standpoint, it’s like any other small city race.
    -However, what makes Tulsa stand out is the CROWD support! SO many folks are having parties at their homes, and they are happy to share!
    -I lost track of how many jello shots, fireball shots, and beer samples I took along the way! Even some of the official aid stations had BEER!
    -If you are looking for a lightning fast course, this isn’t for you. There are SO many turns and small climbs on this course.
    -If you aren’t super concerned about the clock and want to have a great time running a marathon…RUN ROUTE 66!

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    Nice city race. The race course started by running through some nice neighborhoods with residents hosting block parties and cheering on the runners. Part of the course included more commercial … MORE

    Nice city race. The race course started by running through some nice neighborhoods with residents hosting block parties and cheering on the runners. Part of the course included more commercial areas and you went through areas more than once. A few glitches – the medals did not arrive before the race and the breakfast part of the VIP was much less than VIP. The communication was outstanding. Tulsa is a hilly, windy, and for this race a cold city.

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    jphil853 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The Rt 66 Marathon is a great size marathon that has big city race amenities without the drawbacks of a large running field. I would highly recommend this as a … MORE

    The Rt 66 Marathon is a great size marathon that has big city race amenities without the drawbacks of a large running field. I would highly recommend this as a first-time marathon course because you have the excitement of an excellent production: great start/finish line atmosphere, specific/helpful communications and website, great course support. The crowd support is consistent and energetic from start to finish. You will not be on the course alone because of the great block party atmosphere and enough runners make up the field so you are not our there alone in the later miles.

    I would recommend preparing for the course that they describe as rolling hills. The total ascent from my watch was 702 ft, which is half the ascent I have on long runs in my hometown. However, this course felt like one ascent after another. This should not push you off from the course, though! Again, the crowd support through the many residential areas was a great distraction.

    I would also suggest using the marathon lodging link to find your hotel etc. My reservation included the marathon rate and an automatic 3pm check-out for race day. I was able to walk to both the start and finish lines without issue. You have quite a few options that will allow you to do the same.

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    pablopelos FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great spectators, lots of free beer and fireball shots on course, a great time in general. I would not pick this race to try to PR, lots of rolling hills. MORE

    Great spectators, lots of free beer and fireball shots on course, a great time in general. I would not pick this race to try to PR, lots of rolling hills.

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '21

    * stayed in Courtyard downtown--easy walking to expo, start, finish, and Hurts Donuts * Garmin says 1100 feet of elevation gain * so much fireball on the course! and donuts! … MORE

    * stayed in Courtyard downtown–easy walking to expo, start, finish, and Hurts Donuts
    * Garmin says 1100 feet of elevation gain
    * so much fireball on the course! and donuts! parties in lawns
    * corrals start 5 min apart, each with confetti shower
    * scenic and varied course– I like a city tour. Tulsa is quirky and fun, with historical elements and pretty neighborhoods.
    * medals on the way 🙁 stuck on a container ship.
    * great running weather, so organized, great people in Tulsa everywhere–the Uber drivers, hotel staff, race volunteres etc.

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    hseitz FIRST-TIMER '21

    I am from central Illinois. I train on pancake-flat roads. The Route 66 Marathon course is almost constant hills. I would say an average of 1 to 1.5 uphill/downhill combos … MORE

    I am from central Illinois. I train on pancake-flat roads. The Route 66 Marathon course is almost constant hills. I would say an average of 1 to 1.5 uphill/downhill combos every mile. If you are afraid of hills, I can confirm that an entire marathon of them will wreck your legs. But here is some good running and good life advice: “For every uphill, there is a downhill”. I compared my mile splits for hilly miles to flat miles, and the difference was only about 15 seconds. Trust your training, and know that you can make up much of the time you lost uphill, on the downhill.

    The race starts with confetti cannons, which is cool. It is a good tour of Tulsa, as we hit the Philbrook Art Museum, run past the Gathering Place park, and through downtown a couple times to see all the Art Deco skyscrapers and the Mediterranean-style architecture all over the city. There are clocks at every mile, which is a nice touch. We ran onto the University of Tulsa at mile 19, which was also beautiful. Kudos to the race organizers for showing us all the best this city has to offer.

    Four stands throughout the course offered shots of Fireball whiskey. Including one after just 1.5 miles.

    The least swag I’ve ever gotten at a marathon. Just a quarter zip long sleeve shirt, some knit gloves, a few coupons, and a pack of tissues (?)

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    plucas45 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Nice rolling hills and great views. Worth running again. Enjoyed everyone involved and the pullover was very nice. Great course and great organization. MORE

    Nice rolling hills and great views. Worth running again. Enjoyed everyone involved and the pullover was very nice. Great course and great organization.

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    jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '21

    This year's expo was outside which worked, but didn't feel like much. The course was definitely not flat. A lot of ups and downs throughout the course. A lot of … MORE

    This year’s expo was outside which worked, but didn’t feel like much. The course was definitely not flat. A lot of ups and downs throughout the course. A lot of crowd support. After leaving the race I was shocked by how little was going on in downtown Tulsa. I found 2 restaurants open. Don’t do this race if you are looking for a party atmosphere in the town. Do this race if you are looking for a well executed race in Oklahoma.

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    M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '19

    BOTTOM LINE: In a city known for its block parties, Route 66 bills itself as “Oklahoma’s Biggest Block Party”—and it may be right. Though “fun” may not be the first … MORE

    BOTTOM LINE: In a city known for its block parties, Route 66 bills itself as “Oklahoma’s Biggest Block Party”—and it may be right. Though “fun” may not be the first word you associate with the Sooner State, there’s a reason Route 66 is an annual favorite with runners across the U.S. including national clubs like the Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics. From its colorful confetti gun start to its popular “unofficial aid stations” to its Center of the Universe detour (earning it the title of “World’s Shortest Ultra Marathon”) to its Arts District finish alongside Guthrie Green, few marathons take care of their runners like Route 66.

    Yes, the rolling course boasts its share of hills—or what Marathon Executive Board Chairman Tim Fisher prefers to call “character”—but then again if you run 26.2 miles for fun, chances are you’ll sound a bit silly complaining about a few ups and downs along the way. Besides, there’s no better place to walk off your hard-earned post-race soreness than The Gathering Place, a sprawling urban park along the Arkansas River located in mile 10 that was voted “Best New Attraction of 2018” by USA Today. So then I guess what I’m saying is YES, you really will get your kicks at Route 66.

    PRODUCTION: Full disclosure, we spent two days hosting a booth at the Route 66 expo, so I had ample time to pick up my packet and explore the expo. That said, the entire weekend was smooth sailing, and aside from holding the race in Upper Texas (sorry, I grew up in Dallas so the Texas-OU rivalry is still ingrained in me), I can’t recall any memorable glitches or obvious areas for improvement. Great expo, great start line, high-energy (albeit hilly) urban course, a “ONE MILE TO GO” banner that I missed while staring at my shoe tops, plus a comfortable recovery venue after the race in Guthrie Green. Aside from that last dozen or so hills, what’s not to love?

    And hills notwithstanding, Route 66 is a great race for first timers—not only for its terrific on-course support but because first-time marathoners and half marathons earn a shout-out on their bibs as well as an exclusive “My First Marathon” or “My First Half Marathon” medal to celebrate their accomplishment.

    SWAG: Route 66 features some of the best swag out there, including a nicely fitting jacket (for full and half marathon finishers), finisher’s medal (which in 2019 was modeled after a 1940s Cadillac hood ornament), Williams-branded gloves, and even hand sanitizer which turned out to be downright prophetic and the most useful freebie of all. And with a new five-medal series leading up to the event’s 20th anniversary in 2026 and showcasing popular, larger-than-life symbols from along Route 66 in Tulsa (such as Space Cowboy “Muffler Man” Buck Atom), the bling promises to remain a creative conversation starter.

    For a better sense of Tulsa and Route 66 weekend, check out my full race report at https://blisterscrampsheaves.com/2020/12/30/route-66-marathon-race-report/

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