TULSA, Okla. – Organizers of the Williams Route 66 Marathon say they are preparing for a face-to-face race in Tulsa from November 20-21, 2021.
“We do not require proof of vaccination or a negative test to participate in this year’s race at this time,” said Green, “as we are implementing a number of other specific COVID-related protocols in accordance with advice from medical professionals, the CDC, and well-respected white papers on COVID safety for endurance sports. ”
Race organizers said protocols include social distancing where possible, including in the starting corrals and on the course for runners and spectators, an outdoor health exhibit and package pickup. and compulsory masking during official race transport.
“We’re always focused on runner safety, but this year we’re also working on the extra dimensions COVID adds to any event,” Green said.
Green also said race organizers will continue to monitor COVID challenges as well as local, state and federal mandates and adapt the safety plan if conditions warrant.
Our discussions around COVID safety planning began over a year ago, and we will continue to assess and adapt until the last runner crosses the finish line on race weekend. Said Janelle Whitt, DO, medical director of Williams Route 66.
Registrations remain open for this year’s race, but organizers say runners waiting to see if the race goes in person this year shouldn’t wait too long.
The event attracts over 12,000 runners to the Tulsa region from all 50 states and over 10 countries each year and has an estimated economic impact of over $ 8 million.
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