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Rudy Novotny to Announce The 2019 Williams Route 66 Marathon

September 12, 2019

The Williams Route 66 Marathon has announced that premier race announcer and runner Rudy Novotny, known as the “Voice of America’s Marathons,” has agreed to announce the 2019 races on marathon weekend. Novotny will be working in tandem with Route 66 veteran Mark Bravo.

Novotny comes by his moniker honestly. A seasoned runner himself (and sub 3-hour marathoner at that), he ended up announcing his first race by accident more than 20 years ago. After that serendipitous beginning, Novotny spent many years working with the sports host team at DisneyWorld for many years on all the annual runDisney events. Through those events and many other race he’s announced over the past two decades, Novotny has become one of the best-known voices in running.

In fact, Novotny travels for announcing gigs nearly every weekend of the year, so he doesn’t get to run races very often. Still, he remains an avid runner, logging 40-50 miles per week in between race commitments. His experience on both sides of the course is what he uses to help calm the nerves of anxious novices and to pump up elite athletes at the starting and finish lines. Novotny believes in staying until every participant has crossed the line because he believes every runner’s individual accomplishment of finishing is worthy of celebration. “There is no way I would ever leave an event before the final runner came in,” he said. “Over 1,200 races to date and I never have and never will leave my perch before the final participant has been honored.”

About the Route 66 Marathon
Since 2006, the Route 66 Marathon has hosted a world-class marathon weekend in the heart of Tulsa. Now in its fourteenth year, the marathon has grown into “Oklahoma’s biggest block party” complete with a Health, Fitness & Sustainability Expo, Fun Run, 5K, Mascot Dash, Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay. The 2019 events will be held November 23-24, 2019. With a focus on fun, the event offers participants unparalleled spectator support. It’s not uncommon for neighborhoods along the course to host their own unofficial aid stations and block parties to welcome the runners. The race also offers award-winning finisher medals and race premiums inspired by the classic cars from the Route 66 automobile era. Named a “Must Do Fall Race” by Runner’s World magazine, the Route 66 Marathon is truly a 26.2-mile long party. The event brings more than 12,000 runners to the Tulsa area from all 50 states and more than 10 countries each year and has an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million dollars. Runners who complete the Center of the Universe Detour, which adds an extra 0.3-mile to the marathon, can also proudly proclaim they’ve completed the World’s Shortest Ultramarathon! And yes, there’s beer at the finish line. To learn more, visit www.Route66marathon.com