Savannah ready to rock ‘n’ roll in marathon weekend
November 2, 2012 by James
More than 25,000 are expected to hit downtown Savannah this weekend, as the city hosts its second Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Over 17,000 runners have registered for the 26.2 musical mile run and, with family and spectators boosting the numbers of visitors, local businesses could be set for a profitable time.
Indeed, the event is only likely to be beaten in the success stakes by Savannah’s ever popular St. Pat’s Day. Banner printing, poster printing, and a host of other services supplied by print shops have probably been in high demand.
The event, which takes place tomorrow, November 3, will see runners navigate the streets of both downtown Savannah and the residential area. Starting in front of City Hall, the first runners will be getting underway from 8:00 am. There is also a half marathon over much of the route.
The event has certainly got Mayor Jackson excited, as she said:
“I’m looking to being right here on Bay Street to wave at all of the runners as they go by.”
With a concert to end the day taking place at Forsyth Park too, it is sure to be a great day of fun for competitors and spectators like. It will hopefully be a great day for many local business holders as well.
Locals are warned to expect disruption through the day, with over 60 road closures in place from 6:00 am through 3:00 pm.
Traditionally a time when numbers are low in Savannah, talks are underway to extend the event’s visit to 2016, from its present 2013 shut off.