Williams Route 66 Marathon announced 2021 race plans

TULSA, Okla. — Williams Route 66 Marathon organizers say they are preparing for an in-person race in Tulsa November 20 - 21, 2021.

“We are not requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to participate in this years race at this time,” Green said, “because we are implementing a number of other specific COVID-related protocols in keeping with guidance from medical professionals, the CDC, and highly respected white papers on COVID safety for endurance sports.”

Race organizers said protocols include social distancing wherever possible, including within start corrals and on the course for runners and spectators, an outdoor Health Expo and packet pick up and mandatory masking while on official race transportation.

“We are always focused on runner safety, but this year we are also working through the extra dimensions that COVID adds to any event,” Green said.

Green also said that race organizers would continue to monitor COVID challenges along with local, state, and federal mandates and would adapt the safety plan if conditions warranted.

Our discussions around COVID safety planning started more than a year ago, and we will continue to assess and adapt until the last runner crosses the finish line on race weekend,” Janelle Whitt, D.O., Williams Route 66 Medical Director, said.

Registration remains open for this years race, but organizers say runners who’ve been waiting to see if the race will be in person this year shouldn’t wait too long.

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.