Route 66 Marathon Sees Exponential Growth, Leads to Restructure
Tulsa, Okla. — The Route 66 Marathon is entering its 13th year in Tulsa. Since its humble origins of 3,000 people, the race has grown to over 15,000 participants from all 50 states and several countries.
“The race was started by Chris Lieberman and a handful of volunteers,” said Tim Fisher, chairman of the Route 66 Marathon board. “It’s amazing how much the event has grown.”
Each year, the group raises the bar by hosting a bigger and better party. With growth comes the need for organizational restructuring. Now, the event is being led by a strong executive board and a new executive director.
“This is a sign of the event’s success,” says Destiny Green, Executive Director of the Route 66 Marathon. “I’m excited to continue growing the marathon’s original vision in this more public-facing role, and I’m truly honored to accept this new position.”
Green has been affiliated with the marathon since its second year of operation. She has volunteered in critical parts of the event such as hospitality, procurement, acquisitions, purchasing, accounting and design of race swag. In 2017, she was hired full time to manage operations and now will take on the event’s most critical leadership role.
“It’s my honor to see Destiny fulfill this role,” said Fisher. “She has put in countless hardworking hours over the past 12 years and really wants a bright future for this event. This promotion isn’t fate. It’s Destiny.” For many participants, it is their first time to set foot in Tulsa, and the marathon’s executive board and staff want each runner to start off the race on the right foot.
“We want all of our runners to fully experience Tulsa,” said Green. “Runners get to see the art deco structures of downtown, the old oil homes in midtown, shopping and restaurant districts such as Cherry Street, Brookside and our thriving Tulsa Arts District.”
If you are ready to party, register for the 2018 Route 66 Marathon at route66marathon.com
About the Route 66 Marathon
In 2006, Chris Lieberman founded the Route 66 Marathon wanting to create a world-class marathon in the heart of Tulsa. Over a decade later, the event has grown into a giant party complete with Health, Fitness & Sustainability Expo, Fun Run, 5K, Mascot Dash, Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay. The Route 66 Marathon brings about 15,000 runners to the Tulsa area from all 50 states and over 10 countries each year. This race also qualifies as the World’s Shortest Ultra with the Center of the Universe Detour that adds.3 miles onto the marathon.