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Photo: Photo Courtesy of Route 66 Marathon

Route 66 Marathon: A Visitor's Guide

BY Root Staff

Returning for the 11th year, the Williams Route 66 Marathon attracts runners from around the U.S. and from around the globe (12 countries are represented this year). The Root Tulsa team welcomes all visitors who traveled to Tulsa for one of this weekend's events. And to the locals, we say good luck!

Everyone has a different motivation for running, whether in memoriam for a lost one, dealing with life's stressors, or the camaraderie that the race boasts. To keep you focused on your goals for the race (and distracted from the butterflies in your stomach), our team put together a short cheatsheet to help visitors make the most of their time in Tulsa.

Stay on course with our local recommendations, and don't forget to download the free Root Tulsa app from the App Store or visit RootTulsa.com on your mobile browser. 

Start Your Engine

Chimera: Healthy, vegan-friendly menu, quality coffee and chai lattes

DoubleShot Coffee: No-nonsense coffee poured in a variety of methods

Topeca Coffee: Locally roasted coffee and light breakfast options

Load Up on Carbs

Dilly Diner: Family-friendly atmosphere with breakfast, lunch and dinner

Andolini's Sliced: Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh salads and homemade gelato

Mazzio's: Casual Italian eatery with dine-in, carryout and delivery

Explore Downtown

Dust Bowl: Retro-themed bowling alley with eight lanes and a full bar

The Boxyard: Micro-retail shopping center made of shipping containers

Learn about Tulsa history: The Art Deco Museum, Decopolis Gifts and Toys, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture

Cheer Sections

First United Methodist Church: The First United Methodist Church choir performs to life the spirits of racers

37th and Peoria: First United Methodist Church will host a second block party at this location with inflatables and other family-friendly activities

Cascia Hall: The school brings out their spirit squad, pep band and drum line to cheer on runners

Cheers on Cincinnati, 2925 S. Cincinnati Ave.: Neighbors bring the party to the street with Jell-O shots, a DJ, drinks and photo booth

2316 S. Delaware Place: This neighborhood will host its 5th annual block party complete with a TV, bar, heaters, couches, DJ and bouncy house


Elgin Park: Sports-themed brewery and pizza restaurant

Fassler Hall: Duck fat fries, mimosa bar brunch and German beers

Soundpony: Dingy townie bar with live music and cheap beer