The Five Best Races to Run in Savannah this Spring


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The Coastal Empire and Lowcountry regions comprise some of the most beautiful natural landscapes I have ever seen. Thick marsh grass stretches as far as the eye can see along our coastline, meandering and undulating into the dark green waters of the salty ocean. Moss-draped live oaks stand sentry in maritime forests that have been around far longer than we have, reminding us just how truly small we are. Rivers, creeks and streams intersect like interstates, patterns of God’s own creation and valued pathways for marine wildlife.

With this myriad of majestic wonders provided by Mother Nature herself, it’s only natural to want to explore the great outdoors on foot, venturing out into the streets and trails that dissect Savannah and the areas around her. But with so many options, how’s a runner to decide which race to choose for his or her next adventure? Worry not, we have you covered – we’ve combed the corral of upcoming running competitions and selected a variety of our favorites. Read on to get the scoop – and don’t forget your headphones because we’ve paired each race with the perfect running playlist on Spotify, too!

 

Color Vibe 5k

Get ready to upgrade your run to technicolor in Savannah’s Color Vibe 5k on Saturday, February 18, in Savannah. A whirlwind of fluorescent colored paints tossed in the air like a massive Jackson Pollock reenactment awaits you in this quick 5k race. The run starts at 9 a.m. and the course tracks across Savannah’s historic downtown. If you register now until February 17, the cost is only $45 – the rice goes up to $65 if you wait until race day, so do as your mother told you and don’t procrastinate.

Register for this race here.

Perfect Spotify Playlist: Morning Commute

 

Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon & 10k

As it stands today, Palmetto Bluff is the largest contiguous waterfront property on the east coast, with 32 miles of river front edge bordered by the May, Cooper and New Rivers. Discover this stunning Lowcountry landscape in the 5th annual Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon & 10k on Sunday, March 12. If you’re feeling ambitious and adventurous, compete against top runners in the Half Marathon race – if a 10k run is more your sweet spot, take your time and enjoy the scenery. After crossing the finish line, each runner is greeted with a craft beer and barbeque sandwich to munch on while listening to live music at the race’s after party. This course is USATF-certified and ready for your best race yet – the better question is, are you ready for it?

Register for this race here.

Perfect Spotify Playlist: Night Rush

 

Beaufort Twilight Run


Courtesy of the Beaufort Twilight Run.

Head up to the storied waterfront town of Beaufort on Saturday, March 18, for the annual Beaufort Twilight Run, a favorite night race among local runners. Choose from a 10-mile Run, 8K Run, or 5K Run on a USATF-certified course that runs through historic Beaufort. Bring the kids along too for the 1-mile Youth Run, a 5K Fun Walk or the ¼-mile Kid’s Fun Run – the perfect way to guarantee a good night’s sleep for all, especially for those energetic little ones. But perhaps 10 miles just isn’t quite enough for you? Tack on the 5k run to compete in the Beaufort Challenge by running in both the 10-mile and 5K events and solidify yourself as the ultimate competitor.

Register for this race here.

Perfect Spotify Playlist: Electro Workout

 

Girls on the Run 5k


Courtesy of Girls on the Run.

Committed to the growth and development of girls, Girls on the Run is a fantastic non-profit organization working in communities across the country to create a positive, healthy environment for young girls through running and competition. Support this cause by running in the annual Girls on the Run 5k on Saturday, April 2 – the race starts at Shelter Cove Towne Center and will track through Hilton Head Island’s beautiful community. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a girl to participate – everyone is invited to compete in this quick 5k race, so grab your running buddy and sign up for today.

Register for this race here.

Perfect Spotify Playlist: Mood Booster

 

Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k


Photo from the 2016 Publix Savannah Women's Half and 5k Race.

A favorite among female Savannah runners, the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k on Saturday, April 8th rounds up the best female runners in the region to compete in a fast-paced race around Savannah. The course navigates past Forsyth and Daffin Parks as well as passes through 12 of Savannah’s famous squares – 13.1 miles is a challenging distance, so you’ll be thankful for the stunning distraction of the Hostess City’s beauty. This race benefits the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so you can feel good about your race too, especially when you’re sipping on your post-race brew and enjoying some live music in Forsyth Park at the Post-Race Party.

Register for this race here.

Perfect Spotify Playlist: Spring Run

 

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    Jun 17, 2017
    7:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

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  • Charleston Farmers Market

    Jun 17, 2017
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Marion Square

    8:00am - 2:00pm  FREE ADMISSION  Marion Square,329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403,USA Join us every Saturday in beautiful Marion...

  • Amelia Adventures’ Endless Summer Daily Kayak Tours

    Jun 13, 2017
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  • Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

    Jun 01, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Libraries in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty County

    Live Oak Public Libraries presents “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program (SRP) June 1 – July 31. SRP offers engaging activities and...

  • BrainWaves Clay Sculpture Exhibit at Art League of Hilton Head Gallery

    Jun 07, 2017
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    As one of Hilton Head’s premiere sculptors, Sheri Farbstein is well known for teaching classes, giving creative workshops and exhibiting her...

  • Dr. Robert Rollings to Speak on Heart Health at June 27 Encourage Health Education Lecture

    Jun 27, 2017
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Savannah Morning News-Auditorium

    Dr. Robert Rollings will present “Seven Ways Your Heart Health is Linked to a Healthy Lifestyle” on June 27 at the second lecture of the 2017...

  • Jazz Brunch

    Jun 04, 2017
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ The Westin

    The Westin's weekly Jazz Brunch is a treat for all, with spectacular views of Savannah, delicious food and beautiful music performed by the...

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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ The Rail Pub

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  • ALJ Monday Night Ceramics

    Jun 12, 2017
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    Students will learn how to build ceramic sculptures as well as hand crafting with various techniques in form and technique $60 for 4 sessions, $80...

  • HarbourFest (Every Monday - Friday)

    Jun 12, 2017
    6:30 PM @ Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina

    Two shows at 6:30 and 8:00pm Fireworks- Tuesdays, June 13, 20 & 27 Tuesdays, July 4, 11, 18 & 25 Tuesdays, August 1, 8 & 15...

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    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Carolina Queen River Boat

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Scenes of the South

Grand Opening of Edgar's Proof and Provision

In a town renowned for its spirited libations and tall tales, Edgar’s Proof & Provision offers lush libations and chef-inspired small plates on East Liberty St. in Savannah. With year-round front porch seating, Edgar’s P&P delivers southern hospitality at its best! Savannah's newest restaurant, Edgar's Proof and Provision, had its grand opening on Thursday June 22nd inside the Hilton DeSoto hotel on Liberty St. Edgar's Proof and Provision will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It's open from 6:30 a.m. until midnight with a perfect view of the historic district, spread out over three levels. "The service is always smiling and fun and friendly and everybody's saying how locally centered that we are here in Savannah, that we are here for the locals and we want everybody to come back and have a good time," says host Kolin Podell. Residents are encouraged to check out Proof and Provision soon because another new restaurant is in the works!

Horizons Savannah’s Summer Sizzler 5K

The Horizons Savannah’s Summer Sizzler 5K took place on June 24, 2017 at the J.C. Cannon Fields on Wilmington Island where dedicated runner came out to support Savannah's kids! Guests enjoyed a summer race and cool down with watermelon and summer fun, and 5K participants received a special gift. This race was organized in order to benefit Horizons Savannah, a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 8th grade focused on helping low income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. This 6 week summer program helps struggling students gain the academic skills and confidence needed to stay on track in school. Horizons Savannah serves over 200 students annually on three campuses: Savannah Country Day School, St. Andrew’s School and Bethesda Academy.

June Andaz Salon featuring Tiffani Taylor

Andaz Savannah's monthly salons are events that deliver cultural experiences for guests and neighbors, encouraging creative inspiration through evocative content and spirited discussions with local influencers. Each Salon event is designed to imaginatively impassion guests through a new experience, and to connect them with like-minded individuals, ultimately sparking creativity. The events reflect the passion and vibe of the local community while connecting travelers with kindred spirits and artistic minds. June's salon featured local artist Tiffani Taylor, an American painter who resides in Savannah, Georgia and Paris, France. She is best known for her rich, textured paintings and original pottery.

Love the Wine You're With June

South Magazine and 39 Rue de Jean - Savannah host an evening of Power Networking and Fundraising on the third Wednesday of each month to raise awareness and funds for non-profit organizations. This event is free to attend. Coastal Pet Rescue is the charity for June and guests were invited to bring along their dogs and enjoy a night on the patio featuring, delicious regional wines and exceptional appetizers prepared by the culinary team at 39 Rue De Jean. Each glass of select wine will be priced at $7 and for each glass purchased, $1 will be given to the non profit. A Cash bar is also available for those who prefer beer or Spirits. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved inside to the Oyster Room at 39 Rue De Jean instead of its usual location outside on the patio, but we still had a great time! See you next month!

The JCB Mud Fest Mud Run June 2017

Hundreds of excited competitors came out to the JCB Mud Run and Dig and Ride events on June 20th to test their strength against the elements. Attendees had to endure 100 Degree heat to complete the 5 mile course made up of over 30 obstacles on this hot Savannah afternoon but everyone in attendance had one focus only - Finishing the Race! The event was once again an incredible success and 100% of race proceeds were donated to the children at The Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. The Lady Bamford Center was created through a joint partnership of JCB, the City of Savannah, and The United Way of the Coastal Empire. The Center opened on October 16th, 2007 and is operated by Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. The Wesley Community Center has a long and distinguished history of serving the needs of working mothers and minority families in the community.

Father's Day Unity in the Community Camp Festival

Every 3rd weekend of the month, Unity in the Community of Savannah hosts free public events on River St. that bring the community together. Unity in the Community is a nonprofit organization that promotes and hosts free, family-friendly culturally diverse events to give back to the Savannah community. The events feature handcrafted ethnic arts and crafts, home-based businesses, and community nonprofits. Entertainment is provided by churches and other local individuals and groups.

3rd Annual 'Crawl of the South'

For the past two years, Savannah has attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bar crawl for two years now, with no success. The event brings in 5,000+ crawlers, but each year they’ve reached within 500 participants of the record, but couldn’t quite grab that winning title. Still, the party continues on, but this year they left Guinness out. The focus this year was on the people, the bars, and the fun. The goal is to complete your scorecard by going to each participating bar on the list. At the end, bring your filled out card to the final location for the after party and a free shirt. It’s one of the biggest events of the year for Savannah. Check out our gallery to see who we ran in to along the way!

12th Annual Savannah Mile

Hundreds gathered for the 12th Annual Savannah Mile presented by the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire that honored our fallen first responders, their families, and our military heroes. The one mile course down Drayton Street from the south end of Forsyth Park to Broughton Street has heats for every fitness level and age group. Our elite first responders and military runners competed for the Full Gear * All Out Flag in the heroes heat in full gear (30 additional pounds). The family friendly Family Fun Run/Walk allowed anyone to participate, including strollers, wheelchairs, and our four legged family members. The Memory Walk had the surviving family members of our fallen first responders walk the mile in remembrance of their loved ones.

Chicago Bears After Party

Members of the 2006 Chicago Bears NFC North Championship team came to the coastal empire on Saturday, May 20th for a fundraiser and promotional event through the The Adrian Peterson Foundation and Wilmington Island Wishes. Players competed in a charity golf tournament at Bacon Park Golf Course during the day, followed by a visit with fans at Britania Pub from 2:30-5:00pm, a gathering open to the public. Former football stars scheduled to attend include recent College Football Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, the all-time leading rusher in NCAA Division I-A history from Georgia Southern University, former Pro Bowlers Mike Brown and Charles Tillman, former All-Pro Alex Brown and Anthony Adams. Tillman was the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The Adrian Peterson Foundation is a non-profit organization which spotlights speech impediments and stuttering problems. In 2012, Peterson published the book “Don’t Dis My Abilities”. He is an accomplished inspirational and motivational speaker.

SCAD FASHWKND Runway Show 2017

Guests of this past weekends SCAD FASHWKND experienced wonders like the SCAD Savannah Runway Show, a juried celebration of fashion featuring premier SCAD School of Fashion senior and graduate student collections. Attire for this outdoor event was casual chic, and guests were invited to wear springtime ensembles that showcase their own personal style. Following the show, guests had the opportunity to purchase select garments and accessories created by SCAD alumni. This event was presented as part of the inaugural SCAD FASHWKND, the university’s most anticipated sartorial event of the year, held in Atlanta and Savannah.