Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Sponsors 2016 Route 66 Marathon

 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 11th annual Route 66 Marathon weekend, held Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Tulsa.

On Friday, participants picked up their race packets at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa. Attendees at the Expo stopped by the BCBSOK booth to learn about our company, ask health care questions at the Mobile Assistance Center (MAC), and pick up BCBSOK-branded gloves, flashlights, utensil sets and cowbells. Plus, five lucky visitors won $75 gift cards to sporting goods stores!

The 5K, Fun Run and Mascot Dash brought thousands of people to downtown Tulsa on a brisk Saturday morning. Children from the YMCA of Greater Tulsa’s Kids Training Program participated in the Route 66 5K race. Their race fees were sponsored by BCBSOK. Later that morning, BCBSOK’s mascot Blaze the Braggin’ Blue Dragon participated in the Mascot Dash event, racing other local mascots in front of cheering fans. On Sunday, runners participated in the marathon, half marathon and marathon relay events. More than 13,000 runners and walkers participated in all of the weekend’s combined events.

 More than 60 BCBSOK volunteers hosted a water stop in Woodward Park to support the race participants on Sunday. Volunteers passed out water cups and motivated full, half and relay marathon runners to press on towards the finish line.

This year, the marathon benefited five charities:  Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Folds of Honor Foundation, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, Tulsa Area United Way and the Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Congratulations to the 2016 Route 66 Marathon participants! BCBSOK is impressed by your commitment to live a healthy lifestyle.