It’s Route 66 Marathon Week and like many others, I’m excited! I had this race on my radar, but there were two people that sold me on it. One of those two people was my friend Mark “Superman” Cato. We discussed it as we do most races. He told me it was imperative that I make it to this race. He talked about how cool Maniac Corner and the Center of the Universe Detour was. Apparently, the medals are in a class of their own. Maybe I should consider this race. So what, if it was more than a year out, right?
While at the Little Rock Marathon this year, I went by the Route 66 Marathon booth. What do you know; the gentleman there was the person I had been tweeting. I love engaging via social media, but it’s always great to meet the person behind the handle. After conversing with him, I booked my hotel room the following Monday. I was headed to the “Oil Capital of the World” in November. No, not Houston, I’m talking about Tulsa, OK. You know Tulsey Town, Black Wall Street, and the Golden Driller.
It wasn’t long before I realized many people had this race on their list. Something special was going on at this race. Running changed my life and the running community never ceases to amaze me. Being able to meet a number of people that I’ve talked to online adds to the allure of this weekend. My Half Fanatic and Marathon Maniac brothers and sisters shall congregate in Tulsa this weekend and make it one to remember. Many of them are double agents, belonging to both groups, and some also belong to the 50 States Marathon Club. What will they think of next?
I plan to embrace the entire experience. I’ll be out there cheering for the 5kers on Saturday and spreading positive vibes to all that I come into contact with. A special thanks to you selfless volunteers! Where would we be without your time and efforts?
I must witness the Mascot Dash with my own eyes. I’ll be posting to the #Rt66run hashtag on Twitter like crazy and looking to engage with anyone that’s up to it. I have no doubts the expo will be fun although not for my wallet. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
One thing running has done that I couldn’t have predicted was it provided an outlet for one of my most cherished passions, writing. I write because I enjoying conveying my experiences to others. I don’t want to merely talk about them, but I want to capture the essence of my surroundings and imprint them onto your mind.
I’m calling all of you social media enthusiasts to engage and interact with one another. Come by the Blogger’s Lounge and the Tweetup on Saturday. Drop by the ICEdot booth and gather some information about safety. After all, November is National Runner Safety Month. Cheer on native Oklahoman, Camille “Spiderwoman” Herron, as she attempts to rewrite history.
If you’ll be there, let’s connect. What is your story? Why are you doing this race? What’s next? Are you in search of the next challenge like I am? I’d like to think the best is yet to come for me. What about you?
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