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Overall Rating (91 Reviews)
4.5
(91 Ratings)(91 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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    Joann FIRST-TIMER '17

    Running on Route 66 was a great privilege when you consider that used to be the main route from Chicago to LA. The course had some pretty long hills, but … MORE

    Running on Route 66 was a great privilege when you consider that used to be the main route from Chicago to LA. The course had some pretty long hills, but was well organized. There was great pre-race events such as the “blessing of the shoes” at a downtown church.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have done this race many times! The course was a little different due to construction in Tulsa. The medal was great, as usual. We were persuaded at another expo … MORE

    I have done this race many times! The course was a little different due to construction in Tulsa. The medal was great, as usual. We were persuaded at another expo by the event jacket, and we were thoroughly disappointed with the actual product. The expo was smaller than previous years. The post race experience was decent, as usual. There were many different options for food and drink. The finish festival was great, as always. The weather was amazing, which helped! The police officers dealing with the time limit were absolutely horrible. They were so rude that I took a picture of a specific cop and his car’s license. We finished ahead of the time limit, too. I didn’t have a break down of the time limit and mile times to reference, but it didn’t seem like we were behind that either. The cop sped by in his car, back and forth, several times. He was screaming at participants to get off the road and onto the sidewalk. Once we did, there weren’t even cars allowed to be on the road, so it was a moot point. I have done this race MANY times, and it had never been like that before. This wasn’t the race’s fault, but I did tell them in their post-event survey. I didn’t do it this year, so I don’t know if it was better or not.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I did this to get a “challenge” swag item. This was such a fun 5k. The course was not too bad. A little hilly, but as expected when looking at … MORE

    I did this to get a “challenge” swag item. This was such a fun 5k. The course was not too bad. A little hilly, but as expected when looking at the elevation map. The medal is decent for a 5k and the shirt was great, too! I wouldn’t travel to Tulsa to only do this race, but doing it in conjunction with a Sunday race is perfect!

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Each year, this race gets better. The swag improves, the medal improves. The crowd and spectators get better. There is an area that one neighborhood created, which is basically a … MORE

    Each year, this race gets better. The swag improves, the medal improves. The crowd and spectators get better. There is an area that one neighborhood created, which is basically a party. We stay at a hotel close to the start line, which is great for the cold before the start, I think! Then we take a shuttle from the finish line. The MM/HF always have a VIP area that has great food and beer to have and great networking fun! If you want to be a MM/HF, qualify before this race! They usually have a booth at the expo with merch.

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    SWSmith1111 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my hometown and "home course", but every year is a fresh and unique experience. I have run this event 7 times now: 1 x relay. 2 x Half. … MORE

    This is my hometown and “home course”, but every year is a fresh and unique experience. I have run this event 7 times now: 1 x relay. 2 x Half. 4 x Full. Yes, I’m partial, but the organizers, the course, the volunteers, the support, the bands/music, etc, have delivered a great event every year. You will be welcomed and will enjoy a great visit to Tulsa.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This race never disappoints! The swag is always great, especially for HF/MM! They continue to improve things year after year! The swag and post race stuff especially. MORE

    This race never disappoints! The swag is always great, especially for HF/MM! They continue to improve things year after year! The swag and post race stuff especially.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This was the first year the Route 66 offered a “double” for doing a Saturday and Sunday race, which was our main reason for adding the 5k! We got something … MORE

    This was the first year the Route 66 offered a “double” for doing a Saturday and Sunday race, which was our main reason for adding the 5k! We got something for doing both, but I don’t remember what it was. It was a great 5k! Lots of crowd and course support.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '13

    This was my 3rd time doing this race. Each time, it improves. The people that put the race on continue to improve the race each time. The weather is always … MORE

    This was my 3rd time doing this race. Each time, it improves. The people that put the race on continue to improve the race each time. The weather is always tricky.

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '12

    They made some changes to improve, and it was even better than my first time. I was injured, but it was still a great experience. The weather was great! But … MORE

    They made some changes to improve, and it was even better than my first time. I was injured, but it was still a great experience. The weather was great! But this time, I packed for any weather. Another great race and a bigger post-race experience.

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    raispuro FIRST-TIMER '11

    This was my 2nd half marathon ever. It was a great race! The weather was unpredictable and I should have prepared for anything. I booked my hotel late, so did … MORE

    This was my 2nd half marathon ever. It was a great race! The weather was unpredictable and I should have prepared for anything. I booked my hotel late, so did not do that again. The course was hilly, which I didn’t expect in Oklahoma.

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    mdkasher FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is not an easy course but not horribly difficult. It was one of the best party atmospheres on the course. The race director really created a great running event, … MORE

    This is not an easy course but not horribly difficult. It was one of the best party atmospheres on the course. The race director really created a great running event, great swag, ultra distance funny option, Free VIP privileges for running club members, and special medals for them too.

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    This race was so fun with soooo many “yard parties”.... love when residents come out to support marathons! THE best corral organization I’ve seen; other large marathons should take note! … MORE

    This race was so fun with soooo many “yard parties”…. love when residents come out to support marathons! THE best corral organization I’ve seen; other large marathons should take note! The extra mileage to the Center of the Universe was a cool touch (and added coin)! Ended up with 26.5 miles… considered an ultra marathon! Well done!

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    kcmcq18 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is exactly the type of race in which I want to participate - a scenic course that goes through the downtown as well as scenic neighborhoods, great crowd support, … MORE

    This is exactly the type of race in which I want to participate – a scenic course that goes through the downtown as well as scenic neighborhoods, great crowd support, cool swag, and plenty of food when you finish.

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    rpocampo1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    A very well organized Race, from the Race Kit claiming until the Finish Line of the Marathon and everything in between. Yes, I would do it again! The Medal is … MORE

    A very well organized Race, from the Race Kit claiming until the Finish Line of the Marathon and everything in between. Yes, I would do it again! The Medal is one of the Best I have ever got.

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    usamhall REPEAT RUNNER '19

    1 year half 3 years full. Destiny is a great RD. This is fast becoming one of the best marathons in the USA. Maniacs, Fanatics, and 50 States have their … MORE

    1 year half 3 years full. Destiny is a great RD. This is fast becoming one of the best marathons in the USA. Maniacs, Fanatics, and 50 States have their own VIP tent. Official stops and drink stops on the course, let the Jello shots begin. So there are other races the Sunday before Thanksgiving but I have never done them. I am very happy to stay home and run my home town race. Oh by the way some say it is hilly. I just call it home. Cheers

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    tgourley REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a race for runners, by runners. It feels like a well-oiled machine with a fun, party atmosphere from start to finish. I participated this year as an ambassador, … MORE

    This is a race for runners, by runners. It feels like a well-oiled machine with a fun, party atmosphere from start to finish. I participated this year as an ambassador, which means they sponsored my race fees and the VIP package in exchange for doing what I already do: talk about the Route 66 Marathon!

    The expo is hands-down the best run expo in the state. It’s full of relevant vendors but also compelling talks and demonstrations by the top people in the sport.

    The races are run on separate days, with the 5k on Saturday morning and the Marathon/Half-Marathon/Relay on Sunday. This is excellent as it helps guide the massive flow of people through the course with minimal headaches. I’ve ran races before where they cram all race lengths into one and you end up with serious congestion in parts. That’s not much of a concern here.

    The course itself is fun; the official water stops are well-placed and well-stocked and full of volunteers eager to cheer you on. The fun part is that there are more unofficial water stops providing extra goodies such as beer and jello shots, making this a *real* party of a race.

    It’s a hilly course, no doubt about it. Don’t let this race being in Oklahoma fool you; Eastern Oklahoma has hills and this course is eager to show them off. There are times where you will feel like you are going uphill for miles, but with the proper training beforehand you’ll have no problems.

    My favorite part of the race is the “Center of the Universe Detour”, which adds .3 miles to the race, making it the “World’s Shortest Ultramarathon”. You get a bonus token for completing this optional step.

    The Center of the Universe is an acoustic anomaly in downtown Tulsa where if you stand in the center and speak, you get a weird echo. You won’t be able to experience this during the race as it will be full of people partying, loud music, serving drinks, and having a good time, but it is worth the extra distance. What is .3 miles more when you’re already running 26.2?

    I highly recommend this race for athletes of any fitness level. One great thing about this is that the course is generous with staying open until everyone gets to the finish line. You won’t have to stress so much about cutoffs like you would in other races. This race is all about having fun! Go sign up!

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '19

    I'm sure that people PR'ed this weekend, but it is not an easy course. There are a lot of hills! And, it seems you can't go a mile without hitting … MORE

    I’m sure that people PR’ed this weekend, but it is not an easy course. There are a lot of hills! And, it seems you can’t go a mile without hitting a boozy aid station (unofficial, of course). You by no means need to take part (I didn’t) but if you really wanted to party your way through a half or full, there were shots and beers along the route.

    The race is well organized. Nice shirts (including a jacket) and medals. Food and beer at the finish. If possible, I do recommend doing the 5k on Saturday and then the half (or full) on Sunday.

    I attended as a Half Fanatic and we received a unique medal. They also gave out medals for first timers, which is a nice touch.

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    Cassie REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Tulsa Route 66 race is a pretty hilly one, and at about the 12 mile point there’s a pretty mean one. Both times I did this race I had … MORE

    The Tulsa Route 66 race is a pretty hilly one, and at about the 12 mile point there’s a pretty mean one. Both times I did this race I had to walk that thing. But the Route takes you through some beautiful communities and along side of the river. Lots of water/Gatorade stations and plenty of portable potties (which is important to me). The medals are always pretty cool as well as the race swag, usually a nice zip up for the longer distances and a pullover shirt for the shorter. The expo is always busy with lots of great vendors. There are plenty of hotels within walking distance of start and finish and plenty of restaurants to walk to as well. The Route 66 is also the home of the World’s Shortest Ultra Marathon with a cool commemorative coin. It’s definitely one of the top half’s in my opinion.

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    shullrd Nov 30, 2019 at 10:55am

    I agree about the hills. My legs were shot as we came up towards the end, but I really enjoyed this race as well. I'm not even close to ready… MORE

    I agree about the hills. My legs were shot as we came up towards the end, but I really enjoyed this race as well. I'm not even close to ready to do a marathon, but when I am I think it could be kind of cool to do the "ultra marathon" option. LESS

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    Cassie Nov 30, 2019 at 4:40pm

    I'm no where near ready for a marathon either, but this ultra will be on my list if I ever decide to do one!!!

    I'm no where near ready for a marathon either, but this ultra will be on my list if I ever decide to do one!!!

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    Christchild2002 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Of all the races I have done so far Route 66 has always come through regardless of the weather. It was a cold race this year still had tons of … MORE

    Of all the races I have done so far Route 66 has always come through regardless of the weather. It was a cold race this year still had tons of support not as much as on pretty warm days but that’s to be expected. I still call this the party race and it’s a blast, the new route has beautiful scenery too. And the finish line party doesn’t disappoint earthier, drinks ( Gatorade, water, muscle milk) snacks, pizza, and yummy beers.

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    Christchild2002 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Not my best time however it was a great warmup run before the half marathon the following day. Also after the 5k head over to the expo it’s one of … MORE

    Not my best time however it was a great warmup run before the half marathon the following day. Also after the 5k head over to the expo it’s one of the best!!!!

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