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31st Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run around the corner

The 31st Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run®, May 4 to May 6, will take the usual route from Seligman to Topock. “The Fun Run is Arizona’s signature Route 66 event” says Nikki Seegers, Director of Operations for the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. “Registrations have been pouring in from all over. ”

Things get underway on Friday, May 4, in Seligman with registration, live music and an impromptu car parade through town. Kingman will be hosting the sixth annual Route 66 Drive-in, featuring Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3® at Best Western King’s Inn Friday evening starting at 8pm.

The Fun Run is not a timed race but a 140 mile pleasure cruise of classic and custom vehicles that traverse the Mother Road from Seligman, AZ to Topock/Golden Shores, AZ. The run takes place over three days.

The first leg of the journey officially begins at 10am on Saturday, May 5, with a cruise from Seligman to Downtown Kingman. The route takes drivers through the attractions and communities of Grand Canyon Caverns, Peach Springs, Truxton, Valentine, Keepers of the Wild, Hackberry, and Valle Vista before going through the legendary Route 66 Drive-Thru Shield in Historic Downtown Kingman.

Upon arrival in Kingman, participants line up their cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, buses and vans for the Show & Shine car show. For the thousands of spectators, finding a parking spot in downtown Kingman may be trickier thanks to growing popularity of downtown businesses, but finding one’s way should be easier due to the new car show footprint. The Show & Shine includes Andy Devine Ave (Route 66) from 5th Street to the Powerhouse and Beale Street from 5th to 3rd Streets and ends at 6pm.

“Bringing the car show into the historic district creates a fun and inviting atmosphere,” says Josh Noble, Deputy Director of Tourism for the City of Kingman. “We expect spectator attendance at the car show to increase this year because it incorporates more of the shops, eateries, and breweries downtown. ”

The second leg of the journey begins Sunday morning, May 6. Departing from Kingman, participants head to Topock/Golden Shores for the final gathering and awards ceremony at 1pm. This scenic back-road winds past Cool Springs, Gold Road, Sitegreave’s Pass and Oatman before heading down the backside of the Black Mountains for the shores of the Colorado River.

Last year the Association started a patch program. All participants who complete the entire route receive a limited addition Year Two patch featuring Grand Canyon Caverns. There are 10 patches that all fit together to form a large shield. The final patch will be released at the 2026 Fun Run to celebrate the Mother Road’s 100 year anniversary.

Registration for the event costs $60 per vehicle. The fee includes a T-shirt, dash plaque, commemorative license plate, custom bag, hat, and parking space at the Kingman Show-N-Shine and Topock/Golden Shores award ceremony. For more information or to register call 928-753-5001 or visit www. 66FunRun. com.

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04/25/2018
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