The 2nd Annual Route 66 UltraRun was a grand success, living up to your Race Directors’ vision of being 140 Miles of History and A Race for Everyone. With solo runners supported by their crews of 2-4 people and – new for 2023 and definitely to be continued – Relay Teams of 4, 5, or 6 people, finish times ranged from under 27 hours to over 58 hours. So, whether you are a fast solo runner; a team player that wants to participate on a speedy, or more-for-fun relay team; a slower runner or even a walker (with 60 hours to finish the 140 miles you don’t even have to average 2.5 miles per hour!). YOU can come out to Historic Route 66 in Arizona and join in the fun! Are you an older runner? You can come out too but, beware: this year’s 3rd place runner was 70 years old! Older doesn’t always mean back of the pack.
Solo Runner Division
Huge congratulations to our 2023 champion who cut 6 hours off of his 2022 finishing time:
Remo Spagnol age 46 who won the Payne Cup
with the finish time of 30:36.
Also on the podium were:
Gurinder ‘Ricky’ Singh age 54 with a finish time of 34:59
James Ehasz age 70 with a finish time of 41:27
Men’s Record 28:64
2022 Grant Maughan
Women’s Record 31:49
2022 Nancy Levene
Relay Team Record 26:34
2023 Relay Desert Runners
Relay Team Division
Perhaps proving that “It’s all about strategy, baby!” results for the first every Relay Teams were:
4-person mixed gender (2 men and 2 women), ages 31-72
Desert Runners won the Relay Team division with a finish time of 26:34
5-person mixed all male team, ages 31-69 (non-runner team member was 79!)
Cinco Banditos came in second with a finish time of 35:02
Want to Get Your Kicks on Route 66 in 2024?
Until registration is open, if you are interested in
- Running Solo
- Putting together a Relay Team
- Crewing for a solo runner – a fantastic way to learn about ultrarunning!
- Volunteering for the race team – another great way to become a part of the ultra family
- Bringing your classic car out to Seligman to pace ‘Everyone’ the first mile of the race
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE INFORMATION
Next year, and beyond, the Route 66 UltraRun will always be held
THE 2nd WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER
- Check-in and the pre-race meeting will start
Friday at 4PM in Seligman, AZ
- The race will be held
Saturday 7AM through Monday at 7PM (60 hour cut-off)
from Seligman to Topock66, AZ
- The not-to-be-missed Awards Banquet will be held
at Topock66 Colorado River, AZ
That means, for 2024, pre-race activities will be on Friday, November 8.
The race will be held Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11.
The Awards Banquet will be the evening of Monday, November 11.
So, you will want to arrive in Arizona no later than the morning of Friday, Nov 8 and stay until Tuesday, Nov 12.
While our original intention was to always start the race on November 11 for various reasons, we realized that asking participants to have to take an entire week off work some years is just not practical. We want the Route 66 UltraRun to be A Race for Everyone, including all of you that need to be at work and/or at home with your families as much as possible during the week, and allow runners, crew, and volunteers to limit the number of days off work. As your Race Directors, we want to make the race work for Everyone.
A Race that
The race recognizes and celebrates the history of the Mother Road, from the Bunion Derbies; “Oakie’s” during the Dust Bowl; the boom years of family road trips after WWII; decline after the interstate system bypassed mom- and-pop motels, restaurants, and shops; to grassroots resurgence leading to official recognition that Route 66 had “become a symbol of the American people’s heritage of travel and their legacy of seeking a better life.”
The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona
The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and promotion of both the surface, and the memories along Arizona’s portion of Route 66. The Route 66 UltraRun supports the Historic Association by donating a portion of every race entry fee. You can donate now to personally help the Association continue their tireless work to preserve, protect, and promote Route 66, ensuring that the Mother Road will be enjoyed by generation after generation for years to come.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
The Route 66 UltraRun supports the association by donating a portion of every entry fee. Our inspiration is always and forever Stray Dog Mark Macy (Mace) as he continues his fight against this horrible disease with the loving support of his wife Pam and his family. You can donate now to help all of those affected with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Have a question? Want to schedule an interview? Interested in volunteering for the race or crewing for a runner? Have a classic car and want to come out and pace the runners the first mile through Seligman? Or maybe you’d like to sponsor the race. Your Race Directors are here to help.
The Route 66 UltraRun will always be held the 2nd weekend of November from Friday through Monday night. Solo runners, supported by 2-4 crew people, will run the entire 140 miles. Relay Teams may be 4, 5, or 6 people with no designated running distances or transition points; it’s all strategy baby! With a 60 hour cutoff everyone will be able to experience and enjoy:
The birthplace of the historic route in Seligman
The Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs
Hackberry General Store
Giganticus Headicus in Antares
Route 66 museum in Kingman
Cool Springs restored Mobile gas station
Burros in the streets of Oatman
And much more
Unique finishers medals, belt buckles, and awards showcasing amazing custom artwork; a traveling trophy cup; special recognition for two runners; and an amazing Award’s Banquet are additional “Kicks” to the Route 66 UltraRun.
Come Out and Join us!