FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Candlelight Ceremony Scheduled in Memory of Fallen Runner
Tulsa, Okla. (Nov. 24, 2010) – The board of directors of Tulsa Route 66
Marathon Inc. announced today that a candlelight ceremony is scheduled for
this weekend in memory of Marcus Takach. The ceremony will be at River
Parks near 15th and Riverside Drive on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at 6 p.m.
Takach, 27, collapsed while participating in the Williams Route 66 Half
Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 21.
"The loss of Takach, as a runner and as a person, is a tragedy for the
Tulsa community," said Chris Lieberman, executive director of the Tulsa
Route 66 Marathon, Inc. "While our thoughts and prayers are with the family
at this time, we are holding this ceremony for the Tulsa community and the
running community to celebrate his life and accomplishments."
Takach, a Tulsa native, graduated from both Booker T. Washington High
School and The University of Tulsa. He was a certified public accountant at
Ernst & Young.
"Marcus' life was a gift to his family and friends and everyone whose lives
he touched," said Lilla Takach, Marcus' mother. "We greatly appreciate
outpouring of love and support of the community, the Williams Route 66
Marathon, Ernst & Young and friends of the family."
Takach was a fitness and running enthusiast, his mother added.
Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony is welcome. Stephen Fisher, chaplain
at the OSU Medical Center, will preside over the ceremony.
About the Williams Route 66 Marathon
The 2010 Williams Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Okla., was held on Sunday,
Nov. 21, 2010, and the 2011 Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon is Saturday,
Oct. 15, 2011. Events are held annually the Sunday before Thanksgiving and
third to last Saturday in October, respectively. The fifth anniversary of
the Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend included a two-day health and
fitness expo, pasta dinner, marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon
relay, 5K run/walk, and a one-mile fun run/walk. Post-race festivities
include concerts and a classic car show. To learn more about the events,
sponsoring, training or volunteering, please e-mail
, call (918) 409-2828, or visit
www.route66marathon.com and www.quartermarathon.com.