The Route 66 Race to the Rocker on Saturday, March 26 is a 4-mile straight shot race on Route 66 that begins in Cuba, Missouri’s historic mural district and ends at the Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair, located at the Fanning US66 General Store. The staging area for the race is at the Britton Funeral Home at 904 W. Washington. Buses shuttle the racers from the finish line back to the start area.
The number of participants increases each year with both local and visiting runners. Runners and walkers of all ages participate in the event, with a group of volunteers helping to make it run smoothly. The race t-shirt that pictures the 42 foot Guinness record-breaking rocking chair is a coveted item for racers.
There are many races in the country, but there aren’t too many 4-mile ones with such a unique finish line icon. “We picked a four-mile race because it allowed us to incorporate both our unique outdoor mural district, the attraction of the rocker, and Route 66, which is important to our town,” race director Brad Austin stated.
Last year 450 racers participated, and race director Brad Austin feels that a 650 goal is possible this year. “We are adding pre-race activities and working on making the race execution flawless. We are also continuing the team concept, where teams of five or more can compete in the race. That was popular with organizations, businesses, and also individuals last year. It added an element of fun to the race.”
JOG,inc., Cuba’s running club that sponsors the race, hopes that the 3rd annual Route 66 Race to the Rocker will be the best yet. Organizational meetings are laying the framework for a successful event.
Some new and improved elements to this year’s race:
*Both lanes of Route 66 will be closed for approximately 1.5 hours for the race.
*Friday, March 25 there will be an alternate time for packet pickup and a local expo. A Spaghetti Dinner takes place from 5:00-8:00 pm. Racers can still get packets on Saturday morning before the race.
*There will be better coordination of buses to and from the staging area and the finish line
*Racing chips will be used to help achieve the most accurate times. Big River Racing will manage race times and results.
*There will be more volunteers to help manage and direct parking.
*Proceeds from the race will go to building a cross-country course at the high school, the Friday Backpacks for Kids program, and scholarships.
Austin stated, “We hope this year that many runners will come to Cuba on Friday for the weekend to enjoy pre-race activities, stay overnight, and enjoy our town. We have great restaurants, murals, and other attractions. This is a good time for friends and family to re-unite and to make new friends.”
Rain or shine, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am is the time to lace up your sneakers and hit Route 66 for a morning of fun and accomplishment.
For registration information, go to www.GetMeRegistered.com or download the form from the www.jog-inc.com site. Those who register before January 31 and again on February 28th will be entered in drawings for a long-sleeved, Race to the Rocker technical shirt. For you or your group to volunteer, visit the JOG, inc. website for contact information.