The countdown has begun for the 6th annual Williams Route 66 Marathon this weekend and event organizers are expecting thousands of Tulsa runners as registration has now closed.
10,500 to be exact, according to their website. Participants will be racing through the streets, neighborhoods and areas of Tulsa with events beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The full marathon (26.2 miles) will begin at 7th and Main Street ending at Veterans Park. Those running in the half marathon (13.1) will end at the same place leaving their fellow full marathon runners to take a different route.
According to their website, the event began back in 2006 and is a all-volunteer non-profit event benefiting The Tulsa Area United Way. Organizers expect to raise $5,000,000 during this years race.
The race will take runners through areas of downtown, Brookside and Riverside Drive. A 5K, fun run and a mascot dash, where runners will dress up in costumes will all take place on Saturday.
Event organizers are also reminding Tulsans that there will be road closures along areas where races will take place. On Saturday, all roads will reopen after 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, roads will reopen after noon along the half marathon trail and 3:30 p.m. for the full marathon.
And while you may have missed out on registration to the event, you can still participate as a spectator with your family and friends.
For more information, visit the their website at www.route66marathon.com/