Well, maybe not too excited, don't hurt yourself or anything because you still have to function like the well-trained runner that you are. But still, this is kind of a big deal!
For a lot of you and most of my running buddies, we've been training for this for 20 weeks! That's longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage lasted to what's-his-face!
But now, it's GO Time! According to the Tulsa World Article, this weekend it will be race day for me and 13,000 of my running buddies. (3000 in the full and 6000 in the half)
Since this will be my third year to participate in the race on some level (relay, full, and the half) I thought I would dedicate this blog to giving you some info on why this is the BEST. RACE. EVER!
But really, here are some tips and info to make your race day weekend fun and exciting, or at least more informed.
If you are running the 5K you have to pick up your race packet on Friday. There is no same day-packet pickup for the 5K.
According to the Route 66 Website, the Williams Route 66 Marathon Expo will hosts exhibitors featuring running gear and shoes, as well as sports and fitness related items. It will also feature a Holiday Market with vendors featuring gift and holiday related items. The Expo is the home of the Packet Pick-Up for all participants and volunteers. Held at the Cox Business Center the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.
We have bought a few 13.1 and 26.2 Christmas Tree ornaments that will come in handy if we do a running inspired Christmas Tree this year and hang our medals all over it. We are still discussing it but we'll see! I mean, we need to use these things for something, right?
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103
Friday November 22 - 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday November 23 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
I also hear that Bart Yasso will be hanging around the expo from Noon - Two on Saturday.
Annnnnnd the thing I'm probably the most excited about....they are having a bloggers forum again this year! OMG! Totally #FanGirling over the featured bloggers! The featured bloggers will be The T-Rex Runner, Mama Laughlin, Running with the Tiny Dangerous One, and more! The Bloggers forum will take place on Saturday from 4:00-5:00. I plan on being there in the audience rapid fire tweeting these folks like crazy! Just kidding! Or not...
::Womp Womp:: :(
In fact, we have the famous quote from Will Rogers that says: "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change."
<--- Here is what we are expecting as of today for race weekend.
Low of 25 degrees, Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. North wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Low of 30 degrees, A slight chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 3pm, then a chance of snow after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
My advice for you is to pack for the cold and precipitation but make sure you have some gear for less cold conditions too. You never know!
The 5K and Mascot Dash
So what is the Mascot Dash? The Mascot Dash is an invitation only race (free to the public to watch) that is held at 9:30 Saturday where some local and not-so-local mascots come out in costume and race to see who wins! I saw a video of this from last year and it looked hilarious!
Last year we had everyone from Fleet Feet Pete from Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, The T-Rex Runner (who lost her T-rex head during the race, oops!), and Hornsby from the Tulsa Drillers Baseball Team. Can't wait to see this! Should be fun!
You have to run this race, just to get the specialized medal! (see picture below) Well not this year because the registration is closed now but next year, you know?
If you are a Maniac and/or Fanatic like me, you need to go by the Maniac Booth at the Expo and pick up this bracelet! It gives you special powers....or well, really just access to Maniac Corner.
According to the Route 66 Website, Maniac Corner features the following free race day benefits for members of the Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics and 50-States Marathon Club.
- Private VIP Tent and fenced in outdoor area with volunteers to make sure you have a great experience. The location of Maniac Corner is on the course, near the finish line. It is a great place to cheer for everyone as they finish.
- Professional group photo before the start of the race, made available at no-charge to members.
- Private Restrooms
- Private Gear Check
- Private supply of post-race food, Gatorade, water, soft drinks and lots of beer
- Recognition of all three clubs prior to the start of the race
Center of the Universe Detour
What is the Center of the Universe Detour? Well this year it is a detour at the end of the marathon and before you cross the finish line you take a .3 mile jaunt over to run to what Tulsans call the Center of the Universe. It is an acoustic phenomenon that wasn't put there on purpose. Once you go up the brick path to the COU you stand on a brick circle that is located directly over the tracks. When standing on this spot you can make any sound that you like and it will echo in your ears. What is so amazing is that no one outside the circle can hear it, no one outside the circle sounds like they are echoing to you in the circle and there are no surfaces near enough to the circle to produce an echo.
Last year, when I ran the Full at the Route 66 I remember seeing a banner that said something like 26.5 the shortest Ultra Ever!
Technically anything over 26.2 is an Ultra so it was my first full and first ultra!
There's an App for That!
Also, it is important to note that the tracking part of the App won't be "live" until late Saturday night after all bibs have been assigned at the Expo. Just an FYI on that!
Click Here for the Apple Mobile App
Click Here for the Android Mobile App
I hope all the info helped and that you all have a great race! See you on the course!