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Joplin may resurrect Mother Road Marathon

Joplin may resurrect Mother Road Marathon

Joplin may revive the Mother Road Marathon — a 26.2-mile footrace through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri discontinued in 2013 after declining participation and complaints about its promoter. Tom Rogers of TwelveOne Race Management and Marketing in Joplin, who helps run 35 events…

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Damien Rider skateboards Route 66 in 56 days

Damien Rider skateboards Route 66 in 56 days

Australian athlete Damien Rider had planned to skateboard the length of Route 66 in 66 days. Instead, he completed it in 56 days — more than 42 miles a day. The total journey was 3,795 kilometers, which is 2,358 miles.…

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

Seven minutes about the Bunion Derby

I missed this when it was uploaded a few weeks ago, but this seven-minute film about the 1928 Trans-American Footrace, aka Bunion Derby, encapsulates the amazing Route 66 sports event as well as anything you’ll likely see. The film was produced by…

66 Bowl sign being resurrected in Chandler

66 Bowl sign being resurrected in Chandler

The venerable 66 Bowl sign that once graced Route 66 in Oklahoma City for 50 years has resurfaced in Chandler, Oklahoma, at a future sports and entertainment complex that will include, yes, a bowling alley. A Facebook post of the sign…

66 Bowl lanes being made into electric guitars

66 Bowl lanes being made into electric guitars

The 66 Bowl in Oklahoma City closed more than five years ago. But its bowling lanes live on in the form of limited-edition electric guitars by a well-known builder in Nashville. Bobby Clark of Dr. Mojo Guitars has created the 66 Bowl…

More than 12,000 finish Route 66 Marathon events

More than 12,000 people finished the various events during last weekend’s Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, including more than 2,500 in the 26.2-mile race, according to results on the event’s website. The 10th edition of the Route 66 Marathon included a half-marathon,…

“Father of Route 66: Cy Avery”

“Father of Route 66: Cy Avery”

Author Susan Croce Kelly began her “Father of Route 66: Cy Avery” presentation during the Miles of Possibility Conference in Edwardsville, Illinois, by imagining what would have happened if Edwardsville hosted a good-roads conference 100 years ago. The city, which had…

New mural installed at Joe Becker Stadium

New mural installed at Joe Becker Stadium

A new mural that pays tribute to Route 66 and former Joplin baseball figures Joe Becker and Mickey Mantle went up a few days ago at the refurbished Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, Missouri. The mural was funded by Leadership…

Bowling alley in Bloomington closes after 55 years

Bowling alley in Bloomington closes after 55 years

The AMF Circle Lanes bowling center near Route 66 in Bloomington, Illinois, closed Sunday after more than 55 years in business, according the Bloomington Pantagraph. Management didn’t explain the closure, but told the newspaper a decision was made to shutter it…

Week-long Great Race begins Saturday

Week-long Great Race begins Saturday

The annual Hemming Motor News Great Race begins Saturday in Kirkwood, Missouri, and will go down much of Route 66 to the end in Santa Monica, California, on June 28. The Springfield (Mo.) Convention and Visitors Bureau had some details…

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