The 10th edition of the Route 66 Marathon included a half-marathon, relay races, a 5K run and walk and the mascot dash. The courses went all over the city. It also crossed or included Route 66 alignments of Southwest Boulevard, Second Street and 11th Street.
A few media outlets commented about temperatures in the 40s, but such conditions actually are good for runners. Workers in the aid tents said they saw few problems with dehydration.
Adam Lazrus, 25, of Silver Springs, Maryland, won the marathon race in 2 hours, 44 minutes and 53 seconds in his first attempt at the Route 66 Marathon. He won by seven minutes.
The top women’s finisher was Jenna Mutz, 34, of Joplin, Missouri, in 3:08:40. Both Lazrus and Mutz are veteran marathon runners.
A few oddities from the race:
— A 62-year-old runner finished the full marathon with his Australian shepherd dog. The race usually doesn’t allow pets, but this entrant needed his canine for unspecified medical reasons. They finished in less than 3 1/2 hours, which is very respectable.
— A veteran half-marathon competitor was received a wedding proposal after she crossed the finish line.
The promo video of the marathon, posted just a few days ago:
(Image from the 2015 Route 66 Marathon by Mike Spivey via Flickr)