FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Williams Route 66 Marathon Unveils 2011 Family Of Medals
Seven finisher medals now available for various races, runners
Tulsa, Okla. (August 29, 2011) - Organizers of the Williams Route 66
Marathon revealed today the 2011 finisher medal designs for each of the
Williams Route 66 events. The family of medals for November events
includes seven different variations to designate different race distances
and different runner affiliations. Also revealed was the design of a coin
to be given to marathon runners who choose to take a detour to Tulsa's
famed Center of the Universe landmark, and the medal for the Williams Route
66 Quarter Marathon in October.
The 2011 medals draw on the history of Route 66 while incorporating the
modern aspect of the race. As always, classic cars inspired the design.
The 2011 medals feature a likeness of the 1941 Cadillac hood ornament, the
Flying Goddess. The goddess was slightly altered to incorporate art deco
aspects paying homage to Tulsa's art deco heritage.
"Finisher medals, now a tradition in the running world, are a piece of your
race that participants take home with them," said Chris Lieberman,
executive director of Tulsa Route 66 Marathon, Inc. "We are proud to
design medals incorporating the history of Tulsa and of Route 66, and know
that we have to be better each year to impress our participants who worked
so hard for that finisher piece."
The 2011 family of finisher medals for the November events include a
marathon medal and a unique medal for those runners completing their first
marathon. Half marathon and marathon relay finishers also receive a medal.
New for 2011, the race is also offering special medals for members of the
Marathon Maniacs and the 50 States Marathon Club. Runners from these clubs
run marathons around the world, and this offering will attract additional
tourism dollars to Tulsa.
Additionally, to inspire kids to run and participate in physical activity,
St. John Health System is offering a kids medal to any child 17 and under
finishing any Williams Route 66 race. Traditionally, only the marathon,
half marathon and relay finishers received medals. Now, thanks to St.
John, a child finishing any Saturday race, including the 5K and fun run, is
rewarded with a special finisher medal.
The Williams Route 66 Quarter Marathon, set for Oct. 15, 2011, also offers
a finisher medal to those finishing the 6.55 mile distance. This year's
quarter marathon post-race party is presented by Tulsa Oktoberfest, and the
finisher medal includes a bottle opener as part of the design.
The 2010 marathon finisher medal received a third place award recognizing
the best marathon medals in North America. Marathon & Beyond, a bimonthly
magazine designed for runners of marathons and ultramarathons, conducted
the nationwide medal competition. The ranking makes it the second
consecutive year that the Williams Route 66 Marathon medal has placed in
the top three of the top 25 ranking. The 2009 medal design was selected as
the second best design in the country and was featured on the cover of the
magazine. Only one-third of races featured in the 2009 rankings made the
list again in 2010.
Finisher's medals, not commonplace until the 1980s, are now a staple at
distance-running events. These collectors' items are important to runners,
and many racers choose marathons based on the finisher's medals.
About the Williams Route 66 Marathon
The 2011 Williams Route 66 Marathon weekend in Tulsa, Okla., is set for
Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. 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 sixth anniversary of the Williams Route 66 Marathon
weekend includes 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.