skip it if possible (about: 2011)|
s. s. from U.S. (11/6/11)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon
Ran the inaugural Savannah R & R and it was the worst experience of my 21 marathons. I like Savannah however this marathon is organized and ran from San Diego making it a nightmare for runners to work with the organization. Savannah is NOT a city like the larger ones with a R & R marathon and cannot handle the numbers of people. Facts, packet pick up ended at 7PM on Friday night (had to be extended to 8PM because the directions to the packet pickup were horrible, put the runners on a 2 hour parking lot of traffic-unnecessary. No buddy pickup of packets with photostat ID. Race parking/shuttle from mall parking 35 min. Bus ride from start was so crowded that est. Over 2000 runners never made it to start line within 30 mins. Of race start. Course was run with 3-4 miles in slums, less than 2 miles in the nice part of downtown, then two legs on an interstate out and back totaling about 6 miles including 3.5 miles into the wind slightly uphill miles 21-24 until the last 2 miles turned off into the city park are to finish. 4 hairpin switchbacks on the course. Again, I've run 21 including 3 Marine Corps, this is by far the biggest rip off. Standing in the mall parking lot in 40 degree temps with 15 MPH winds for an hour? 2-3000 runners can stay downtown near start (number of close hotel rooms) if you make reservations 9 months ahead of time-i tried reservations 5 months out and was laughed at. What do the other 20,000 do? Stay miles away and sweat getting into a 'river blocked city' on one side, arrive an hour late at the start etc.