Williams Wins 2020 Route 66 Marathon Corporate Challenge
TULSA, Okla. June 2, 2021 – One of Tulsa’s premiere sporting events, the annual Williams Route 66 Marathon, announced today that Williams won the Corporate Challenge for 2020. While Williams is the title sponsor of the marathon, the Corporate Challenge has a separate scoring system based on participation, performance, and fundraising for any one of the marathon’s official charity partners. Sponsors of the event do not get a head start in the Corporate Challenge, and winning it requires teamwork and commitment across the organization.
“Williams exemplified the teamwork it takes to win the Corporate Challenge through their high participation in running events last year, through their overall fundraising efforts, and through their internal commitment to workplace wellness and building community,” Destiny Green, Executive Director for Route 66 Marathon, said.
Williams announced last summer that they were renewing their title sponsorship of the marathon for another three years, further evidence, Green said, of their ongoing investment in a healthier Tulsa and a better community for everyone.
Laura Creekmur, President of the Williams Foundation, said when announcing the sponsorship, “Williams is really excited to be a sponsor of the marathon. This is an event that is important to our employees, and one that was originally brought to us by our employees who were avid runners and who wanted us to be a sponsor. Our support has grown over the years to include not only employees running in the various races but also employees volunteering at water stops and the Health Expo. We’re looking forward to three more years of this partnership.”
As a 501(c)(3) organization, Route 66 Marathon works in the community through its Kicks for Kids program which puts volunteer running coaches in area schools to help kids love running and be safe while doing it. Kicks for Kids also puts participating kids in new running shoes and pays for their registration to run the 5k on race weekend.
The marathon is currently scheduled for November 20-21, 2021 and participants and supporters will soon kick off the official training season with the annual first mile event. Williams has been the title sponsor for the marathon since 2008 and both parties say they’ve benefitted from the relationship. Registration is open for the 2021 event at Route66Marathon.com.
Photo caption: Amy Shank (middle, left), Director of Pipeline Safety & Asset Integrity for Williams, accepts the Corporate Challenge 2020 plaque from Destiny Green (middle, right).
About the Route 66 Marathon
Since 2006, the Route 66 Marathon has hosted a world-class marathon weekend in the heart of Tulsa. In 2021, the race will celebrate it’s fifteenth anniversary after a year of virtual racing. Route 66 Marathon is known internationally for throwing “Oklahoma’s biggest block party” plus a full slate of runs and activities complete with a Health, Fitness & Sustainability Expo; Fun Run; 5K; Mascot Dash; Marathon; Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay. The 2021 events will be held November 20-21, 2021. With a focus on fun, the event offers participants unparalleled spectator support. It’s not uncommon for neighborhoods along the course to host their own unofficial aid stations and block parties to welcome the runners. The race also offers award-winning finisher medals and race premiums inspired by the classic cars from the Route 66 automobile era. Named a “Must Do Fall Race” by Runner’s World magazine, the Route 66 Marathon is truly a 26.2-mile-long party. The event brings more than 12,000 runners to the Tulsa area from all 50 states and more than 10 countries each year and has an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million dollars. Runners who complete the Center of the Universe Detour, which adds an extra 0.3-mile to the marathon, can also proudly proclaim they’ve completed the World’s Shortest Ultramarathon! And yes, there’s beer at the finish line. To learn more, visit www.Route66marathon.com or contact Mandy Vavrinak at [email protected] or call 918-633-4397.