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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Events Calendar

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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

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  • Ready. Set. Summer. at Bluemercury!

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  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

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  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Summer Reading Program

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    10:00 AM - 5:15 PM @ Live Oak Public Libraries

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  • "Mary Poppins Returns"

    Jun 25, 2019
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

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  • Suzanne Jackson's Sippin' Social at Two Tides

    Jun 25, 2019
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    Jun 15, 2019
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  • Coastal Heritage Society Summer Camps

    Jun 03, 2019
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Scenes of the South

JCB MudRun 2019

Participants hit the ground running at this year's JCB Mud Fest, climbing through tough obstacles in either the 5k or the 5 mile run. At the end of the race was a long slide where, upon finishing, contestants found themselves in the Party Pit. Winners from various age groups were presented with trophies, and all the proceeds from the JCB Mud Fest benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum's 200th Anniversary!

This past Wednesday, May 22, we celebrated with Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum for for the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's historic trans-Atlantic crossing — the WORLD'S FIRST oceanic voyage under steam! On this year's Maritime Day, Ships of the Sea celebrated the Savannah's 200th anniversary with a commemorative ceremony provided by the PROPELLER CLUB, where Robert Morris unveiled two eight-foot paintings. The evening also included an amazing performance by the Parris Island MARINE BAND, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and celebratory beverages!

Brews For A Cause at Top Deck

This past Tuesday, May 21 we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Top Deck Bar! We joined up with Southern Eagle and a great group of like minded people to benefit Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire in their efforts to provide financial assistance to the surviving families of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. It was another memorable night in the South filled with great people and even greater crafted beer! This month's Featured Craft Beer: Island Coastal Lager Sponsors: Island Coastal Lager, Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, Southern Eagle, South Magazine

Brews for a Cause at Churchill's

This Thursday, Churchill's was pack as we celebrated another successful Brews for a Cause at Churchill's! We joined Southern Eagle and The Coastal Heritage Society. Southern Eagle provided great craft beer, Sista Rae Rae performed live, and the silent auction was a huge success. All the proceeds from the silent auction — including a diamond necklace from International Diamond — benefitted the Coastal Heritage Society.

Nine Line Foundation Dinner

On Friday, May 17, Nine Line hosted their Foundation Dinner that included special guests WWE Superstars Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker, Dustin Rhodes aka Goldust, John “Tig” Tiegen, hero of Benghazi portrayed in the movie “13 Hours,” Chad Prather, comedian and social media celebrity, and Graham Allen, social media celebrity. Guests mingled with the superstars and bid on auction items to raise money for the foundation. Matt Lyda put on a stellar performance as the MC of the event and kept the crowd entertained and bidding.

6th Annual Nine Line Run for the Wounded

The Nine Line Foundation and Nine Line Apparel celebrate Armed Forces Day for their 6th Annual 5K/10K Run for the Wounded in Savannah, Georgia. Proceeds from the race go directly towards their newest initiative: building a transitional community, a Veterans Village, for homeless veterans right here in Savannah, Georgia. With both 5K and 10K options available, this twilight run turned out to be another great success.

Nine Line Foundation Dinner

On Friday, May 17, Nine Line hosted their Foundation Dinner that included special guests WWE Superstars Mark Calaway Aka: the Undertaker, Dustin Rhodes aka: Goldust, John Tiegen "Tig" hero of Benghazi portrayed in the movie "13 Hours", Chad Prather, Comedian and Social Media Celebrity, and Graham Allen, Social Media Celebrity. Guests mingled with the superstars and bid on auction items to raise money for the foundation. Matt Lyda put on a stellar performance as the MC of the event and kept the crowd entertained and bidding.

SCAD40 Block Party

SCAD celebrated their 40th anniversary with a grand block party. Fellow alumni reconnected with university faculty and staff. ShopSCAD had live artist demonstrations, live music at the Gryphon, keepsakes and SCAD40 merchandise to purchase at the Art’s Café, SCAD food trucks with tasty treats and much more.

Kessler Collection’s Armstrong-Kessler Mansion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Local hotelier Richard Kessler and his company The Kessler Collection officially cut the ribbon on his newly restored home in Savannah, the Armstrong-Kessler Mansion. This iconic home celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and his been meticulously restored to its former grandeur as one of the foremost examples of Italian Renaissance architecture and design in America. Congratulations to Richard Kessler and The Kessler Collection!

The Clyde

The Clyde Venue is Savannah’s newest, most modern, wedding venue located in the Historic Landmark District. The space has been completely renovated, and a work in progress for more than a year. The venue is 5,200 square feet and includes a grande room, large marble bar, catering prep area, and restrooms. It’s located at 223 Martin Luther King Boulevard.