Route 66 Marathon

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Updated: 11/16/2012 4:32 pm Published: 11/15/2012 4:31 pm

The 2012 Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, in Tulsa, Okla., is set for Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Events are held annually the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving. The seventh anniversary of the Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend includes a two-day health and fitness expo, marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon relay, 5K run/walk, and a one-mile fun run/walk. Post race activities include live music and fun for the entire family. To learn more about the events, sponsoring, training or volunteering, please visit or email questions to

The Route 66 Marathon made its inaugural debut in November 2006 with the slogan “let our first marathon be your first marathon.” The event attracted approximately 3,000 participants in marathon, half marathon and relay race events. To this day, the Williams Route 66 Marathon offer a special finishers medal to those individuals completing their first marathon in Tulsa.

The Williams Route 66 Marathon family of events includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5k and one-mile fun run/walk.

Chris Lieberman, the executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc., founded the marathon after committing himself to a healthy lifestyle and training and completing marathons himself. He realized the impact running and marathon training could have on an individual’s health, and the impact a world-class running event could have on a city.

If viewers would like to register for a race, this must be done at the expo at the Tulsa Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 16.

Please visit for road closure information.

Tips for being a spectator:

1. Cheer, clap, and yell for your loved ones or even perfect strangers. Their names are listed on their bibs for this reason. You could make someone’s morning by shouting their name.
2. Make a sign at the Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo to cheer on your favorite runner or walker.
3. Never say “you’re almost there” unless you are standing 20 feet from the finish line.

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