Folks at today’s Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa dealt with 20-degree temperatures at race time, with wind chills in the teens.
Participants probably were OK once they ran a few miles. But it had to be uncomfortable for fans and volunteers.
At least it didn’t snow; a winter weather advisory of snow and sleet is forecast for later that day. And western Oklahoma already was seeing significant snow accumulations.
The winner in the 26.2-mile race was Kenneth Keilbarth of Tulsa, finishing in a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 34 seconds, according to unofficial results. The top female finisher was 34-year-old Katie Kramer of Oklahoma City in 3:02:19.
About 13,000 runners signed up for the two-day event, which included a half-marathon, marathon relay, a 5-kilometer run, a fun run, and a mascot dash.
The marathon crosses or traverses short stretches of Route 66 in Tulsa — Southwest Boulevard, Second Street, and 11th Street. The course was designed to show runners large swaths of the city’s interesting neighborhoods and parks.