The Eight Best Races to Run in Savannah this Spring

The Coastal Empire and Lowcountry regions comprise some of the most beautiful natural landscapes 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!


Nine Line 5K/10K Run For The Wounded

Join the Nine Line Foundation and Nine Line Apparel this Armed Forces Day, May 18th, 2019, for our 6th Annual 5K/10K Run for the Wounded at Daffin Park, Savannah, Georgia. Proceeds from the race will go directly towards our 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 is great for any participant. Participants will receive a post race beer from local, veteran-owned Service Brewing Company (participants age 21+ only), a Nine Line Apparel T-shirt, koozie, and a special edition 5K/10K challenge coin. Live entertainment will be provided.

The Savannah Bananas will be serving up a variety of food options. Vendors will be onsite to showcase unique products, local businesses, and fun activities. Children and dogs are always invited to join! We will even have a bouncy house to keep those kids occupied while you enjoy everything the event has to offer!

Rucking Option: If you are interested in loading up your pack and rucking this event, we always have a great group doing this. Use any load you like!  

Register for this race here.


Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

The 11th Annual Race For the Cure will take place in Ellis Square on April 27, 2019. As always, your registration gets you to the starting line, and your fundraising gets us closer to the finish line: ending breast cancer! 75% of the monies raised in the nine-county service area stays here in the form of Community Grants.  It is widely known and accepted that early detection and prompt, effective treatment saves lives. Therefore, these Community Grants are awarded to service organizations to provide free breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for medically underserved women and men in our community. The remaining 25% goes directly to Komen’s National Research Program, which benefits all, since Komen is the largest private non-profit funder of breast cancer research (next to the U.S. Federal Government) in the world.

Register for this race here.


Gulfstream 5K

Both runners and walkers will start at 9 a.m. All participants are required to register and wear a race bib. Children in strollers are not required to register. If you do choose to register children in strollers, they cannot wear the race bib during the race. Due to road closure coordination, participants who arrive after 9:10 a.m. may not be able to enter the race course. An awards ceremony will take place following the race once results have been tallied.

Register for this race here.


Insane Inflatable 5K

From start to finish, the Insane Inflatable 5K is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. When we say INSANE, we mean it. As one of our participants said, “When you drive up and see the enormosity of the inflatables it’s crazy.” That’s what we were going for!

At the Insane Inflatable 5K it’s not all about running, what we care about most is you having a #CrazyFun day. Just show up ready to make some #CrazyFun memories with your friends and family, we’ll do the rest. When it’s time to take on our GIANT inflatables, feel free to be a kid again; you’ll laugh until you cry! Afterwards take a load off, crack open a cold beverage and reminisce in our Insane Midway.

Register for this race here.


Non Stop Fitness Glow Run '19

Get ready for the family friendly event like no other, the Nonstop Fitness GLOW RUN. Sponsored by Nonstop Fitness, this event will have inflatable obstacle courses along the route, LED and glow people, games, clothes, and even an LED tunnel. Start your planning now for your best glow, grab you as many glow sticks you can run with and LED lights to colorize your run. The 85 foot inflatable obstacle course is sure to bring out the kid in you. There will be a live DJ pumping fun from 7pm-11pm. Come early for the pre race fun, games, and Zumba! And remember the race starts at 9:30pm. Be sure you deck out in your best glow fashion! Everyone who registers will receive a commemorative t-shirt. VIP Registrations will receive a VIP shirt, bracelet, glow accessories and a finishers medal along with access to the VIP pavilion with up close access to the live DJ and LED dance room.

Register for this race here.


Savannah Mile

The 14th Annual Savannah Mile presented by the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire honors 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 will compete for the Full Gear * All Out Flag in the heroes heat in full gear (30 additional pounds). The family friendly Family Fun Run/Walk allows anyone to participate, including strollers, wheelchairs, and our four legged family members. The Memory Walk has the surviving family members of our fallen first responders walk the mile in remembrance of their loved ones.

Register for this race here.


JCB Mudfest

This year’s race will feature the 5K distance option and the traditional 5 miles of mud, obstacles and more – each year you ask for bigger and better – and JCB has failed to disappoint. Runners will face some new challenges, or as they say at JCB, opportunities to show what you’re made of – and as always some of the favorites like the JCB lake and tire field will be back in all their glory with a few new shake ups to keep it interesting.

Register for this race here.


Savannah Women's Half Marathon

Run through Savannah's tree-lined streets and city squares during the Publix Savannah Women's Half & 5K before finishing in front of the Forsyth Park Fountain. Experience spring time in Savannah with azaleas blooming as you run through some of our city’s most scenic spots and cap it all off by finishing in front of the Forsyth Park Fountain. Participants and families will experience live music with beer and mimosas in our Post-Race Party for the ultimate race weekend!

Register for this race here.


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