Route 66 Marathon road closures and traffic stops during race around Tulsa on Nov. 20, 2016

Posted at 11:19 AM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 19:23:14-05

TULSA - It's marathon weekend in Tulsa.

It's the 11th year for the Route 66 Marathon which includes a 5K, 1-mile Fun Run, Mascot Dash, Half Marathon and Marathon. That's a lot of running. And a lot of road closures.

Beginning Thursday, if you're thinking about driving around Guthrie Green...DON'T. The streets on each side of Guthrie Green are closed until 10 p.m. Sunday. This includes MLK Boulevard between Easton and Archer, Cameron St. between Boston and Detroit, Boston between Cameron and Brady, and Brady between Boston and Detroit.

SUNDAY - Half Marathon and Marathon

Again, keep in mind Guthrie Green is where the Finish Line is, so that area is closed until 11 p.m. Sunday.


The course begins in downtown and meanders past Utica Square, Cascia Hall, Woodward Park, along Brookside, on to Cincinnati between 34th and 21st streets, along Riverside Dr. and Southwest Blvd. before coming back into downtown. But that's not all.


The last 13.1 miles heads out of downtown via 2nd and 6th streets, on to Peoria between 6th and 19th Streets, 21st St. for a short trip, through the University of Tulsa campus, south on Delaware, down Cherry St before taking Peoria back to 6th St. into downtown to finish up near Guthrie Green.

MAP: Course showing streets affected by the race and times runners are expected at each mile marker

The course will have a greater concentration of runners during the first 13.1 miles of the race, so expect delays at crossing points. During the second 13.1 miles it thins out and crossing at intersections shouldn't take as long.

DOWNTOWN - If you need to get out while the race is going on, your best bet is going to be to find a highway.

If you're in the heart of downtown, you should try to get to 3rd St. and head west for Highway 51 and I-244. You'll have to cross Denver which is part of the first half of the race.

Denver and Boulder avenues south of 6th St. and north of 18th are not closed, so the drive to reach Highway 75 should be clear.

Boston, Cincinnati and Detroit southbound from 2nd are not closed. Take these to access Highway 75

If you're near Maple Park or Veterans Park, 18th between Detroit and Denver is clear. Take Denver north to Highway 75.

MAPLE RIDGE - This area is a big part of the first half of the race and with A Gathering Place for Tulsa construction STILL ongoing, your options are limited. Avoid Cincinnati. If you live west of Cincinnati, you have no option but to cross it at some point. Find a north/south street east of Cincinnati but west of Woodward and drive north to access Highway 75 if you don't want to intersect runners. If you don't mind intersecting runners again, cross Woodward Blvd. to access Peoria. Go south to 31st and head east.

WOODWARD PARK and PHILBROOK AREA - Peoria between the park and 31st is clear, and 31st east of Peoria does not intersect the race course.

BROOKSIDE AREA - Peoria and Riverside south from 41st are clear. If you live in the 2-mile stretch from 21st to 41st between the river and Peoria, be patient. You're in the mile 6 to mile 10 part of the race. The first runners are expected around 8:30 and the last runners to leave the area aren't expected until just after 11 a.m. We will live stream the part of the race that goes in front of the 2 Works for You studio.

CASCIA HALL AREA - Go east to Lewis and then head south. The course crosses Lewis at 15th St. and 22nd Pl.

These roads will be partially open for traffic during the marathon.

  • Two-way traffic in the northbound lanes of Detroit Ave. between I244 and Archer St. (Downtown)
  • One-way traffic in the eastbound south curb lane of 2nd St. from Boulder Ave. to Cincinnati Ave. (Hyatt Regency)
  • Two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of 14th St. between St. Louis Ave. and Peoria Ave. (St. Paul’s UMC)
  • One-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of 15th St. from Peoria Ave. to Delaware Ave. (Cherry Street)
  • Two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of 21st St. between Columbia Ave. and Florence Ave.
  • One-way traffic in the northbound lanes of Peoria Ave. from 41st St. to 31st St. (Brookside & Riverside Dr. Detour)
  • One-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of 41st St. from Riverside Dr. to Peoria Ave. (Riverside Dr. Detour)

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