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The sixth annual Golden Driller Marathon will be held on April 17, 2021.
The Golden Driller marathon includes a race distance for all levels from 5k to marathon! All races will be held on the very nice paved trails of Tulsa's Riverparks system along the banks of the Arkansas River. The race gets it's name from the iconic Golden Driller statue located at EXPO Square in Tulsa. For more details on this Tulsa icon visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Driller.
Each participant will receive a tech shirt with their entry, as well as a great custom finisher medal that features the Golden Driller. This race is known for it's small size and friendly nature, as well as great post race food and beer for those 21 and over. This is a great smaller marathon or half for those who want to avoid the crush of giant big city races.
The course is flat and fast, with the exception of one hill that appears on the marathon course. All other courses are flat. On-site parking at the start/finish is available.
The start/finish area is located very close to downtown Tulsa (within 3 miles) and many downtown hotels.
All courses are USATF certified and the marathon is a Boston qualifier.
2021 Golden Driller Marathon – Important Race Information
Packet Pickup In-Store Hours:
KingsPointe: Tuesday – Thursday 10 am-7:30 pm, Friday 10 am-7 pm
Broken Arrow: Tuesday - Friday 11 am- 7 pm
Blue Dome: Tuesday - Friday 11 am-7 pm
Race Day Packet Pickup
Race Day: begins at 6:00 AM on Saturday April 17, 2021 at Riverparks Festival West Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK US 74107
Race Start Times:
Marathon/Half Marathon 7:00 am
5k/10k: 7:30 am
The marathon has a 7:30 time limit.
The half marathon has a 4:00 time limit.
Participants who fall behind these paces may be removed from the course.
Finish line will be torn down and removed at 7:30 after the 7 am start (2:30 pm)
We will offer a LIMITED early start for the MARATHON ONLY at 6 am on race day. This early start is only available for participants who will be SLOWER than 6 hours! If you start early and end up being faster than 6 hours you will be disqualified! Note that if you start early, you will receive NO on course support until 7 am - you will be on your own, at your own risk, and will be responsible for knowing the course and will have to provide your own aid. If you want to start early for the marathon, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our early start list. On race day we will check you in at the start line at 5:55 am and start you at 6:00 am.
Details on parking to be provided – visit https://runsignup.com/Race/GoldenDrillerMarathon/Page-11 for the latest information. PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY TO PARK! PARKING WILL BE ON-SITE UNLESS HEAVY RAIN OCCURS THE DAY BEFORE THE RACE. IN THAT CASE SHUTTLES FROM THE EAST SIDE OF THE ARKANSAS RIVER WILL BE PROVIDED.
With consultation and input from the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Health Department, this race will implement the following special Race modifications:
If you have a fever of 100.4 F or more, you should not attend the race. Any participants who cannot participate will be offered a refund of their entry fee. Contact the race director if you are sick with a fever and will not be able to race.
Also, volunteers should not attend if they have a fever of 100.4 F or more. The temperature of all volunteers and Fleet Feet staff will be taken upon arrival at the race site.
At all times be aware of others and please maintain social distancing of at least 6’.
We REQUIRE that all racers bring a face covering to wear when they are in close contact with each other or race staff and volunteers before and after the race. We REQUIRE wearing a face covering before the start of each race, that can be removed while running/walking. While on the course attempt to maintain 6 feet of separation from other runners. After you finish the race, you should wear a face covering whenever you cannot maintain 6’ of social distance from others.
Porta Johns will be provided. Please remain socially distanced while waiting in line for the restroom. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Volunteers will be required to wear face coverings. Finish line volunteers will be provided with gloves to wear.
All races will use a WAVE START system – and all racers will be separated into three waves per start time based on your expected race pace – start the race as follows:
Marathon/Half Marathon Start Times:
Wave 1 – 7:00 am EXPECTED PACE FASTER THAN 10:30/MILE
Wave 2 – 7:03 am EXPECTED PACE BETWEEN 10:30/MILE and 13:00/MILE
Wave 3 - 7:06 am EXPECTED PACE SLOWER THAN 13:00/MILE
5K/10K Start Times:
Wave 1 – 7:30 am EXPECTED PACE FASTER THAN 10:00/MILE
Wave 2 – 7:33 am EXPECTED PACE BETWEEN 10:00/MILE and 12:00/MILE
Wave 3 - 7:36 am EXPECTED PACE SLOWER THAN 12:00/MILE
When lining up for the start of the races, please remain socially distanced from others. Family groups can be more closely spaced together, but you should maintain 6’ of separation from other races who are not in your current family/social circle.
5k: Due to COVID protocols no aid station will be provided. Please carry your own water.
10k: One aid station that will be passed twice by 10k participants will be provided. Small bottles of water will be available to pick up at this aid station. We advise that you carry your own water bottle to re-fill from the small bottles we will provide. We will have trash cans at a few points along the course to dispose of the small water bottle. NO TRASH SHOULD BE DROPPED ONTO THE COURSE.
Half Marathon: at each aid station shown here: https://d368g9lw5ileu7.cloudfront.net/races/race54848-customSectionAttachment606f7126109d12.02167775.pdf
We will have small bottles of water. WE ADVISE YOU CARRY YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE FOR THE HALF MARATHON! We will have trash cans at a few points along the course to dispose of the small water bottle. NO TRASH SHOULD BE DROPPED ONTO THE COURSE. At each Aid Station a cooler of NUUN will be provided – you can fill your own bottle or the small bottles of water we have provided with Nuun from the cooler. Volunteers will not be contacting the NUUN for safety.
Full Marathon: at each aid station shown here: https://d368g9lw5ileu7.cloudfront.net/races/race54848-customSectionAttachment606f717f0293e6.92435501.pdf
We will have small bottles of water. WE ADVISE YOU CARRY YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE FOR THE FULL MARATHON! We will have trash cans at a few points along the course to dispose of the small water bottle. NO TRASH SHOULD BE DROPPED ONTO THE COURSE. We will have gels (GU and HUMA) at Aid Station #6 (near Mile 13). For the last several aid stations snacks will be available if desired. At each Aid Station a cooler of NUUN will be provided – you can fill your own bottle or the small bottles of water we have provided with Nuun from the cooler. Volunteers will not be contacting the NUUN for safety.
Finish Line and Post Race:
At the finish line volunteers will hand you your finisher medal. Bottled water and other sports drinks (Propel) will be provided post-race and will be self-serve, monitored by volunteers. Soda will also be available.
Post-race food items will be pre-packaged and will be self-serve, monitored by volunteers. We will have burritos from CHIMI’S Mexican restaurant as well as FRUIT CUPS.
Beer – we will have keg beer from Marshall’s Brewing. Beer volunteers will wear face masks and gloves when serving beer. You must be 21 or over to have a post-race beer. BRING YOUR ID!
Awards: We will present awards to the overall male and female champions in each race, as well as the top 3 in standard 5-year age groups for all races.
Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the 5K and 10K. For the Half and Full Marathons, we will announce the overall winners and age group winners can pick up their award at the race registration tent. Please remain socially distanced when awards are being announced.
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