2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Course Change Announced
- New charity partnership to benefit the American Cancer Society®
- KiDS ROCK fun run to combat childhood obesity added in 2012
- Announcement celebrates National Running Day
Savannah, GA – June 6, 2012 – A more scenic course through Savannah’s historic streets will greet runners in the 2nd annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, November 3rd. In addition, race organizers announced the American Cancer Society as the new benefiting charity. The race debuted in 2011 with the largest inaugural half marathon in the U.S., selling out with more than 23,000 entrants.
Runners will once again start downtown at historic City Hall, touring through the stunning homes of Gordonston, the southern charm of West Savannah, and past William Grayson Stadium before an exciting finish alongside Forsyth Park. The revised course will pass by three of the city’s iconic downtown squares and marathoners will enjoy a tour of the Savannah State University campus.
Changes were also made to lessen impact on the surrounding community and to reduce marathon miles along Truman Parkway. Neighborhoods on the south end of the marathon course will experience fewer road closures.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve both the runner experience and reduce the impact on neighbors and businesses,” said Doug Thurston, Vice President of Course Operations for Competitor Group, Inc. “The new course will create a special memory for runners from across the country who will be introduced to the very best of Savannah’s historic charm and beauty as they tour the city.”
As the new benefiting charity of Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah, the American Cancer Society’s goal is to bring 500 DetermiNation participants who hope to raise more than $1.4 million in the fight against cancer.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to raise awareness about a disease that touches everyone,” said Staci Brown, national director of endurance events for the American Cancer Society. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah and we hope to inspire more runners and walkers to participate and experience the team camaraderie, inspiration and dedication to a cause that is truly worthy of their miles.”
Dollars raised by DetermiNation team members will help the American Cancer Society save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against a disease that is expected to take more than 577,000 lives in the United States this year.
In an effort to combat the continuous rise in childhood obesity, kids in grades K-7 will be invited to participate in KiDS ROCK, a cumulative marathon training program that teaches children the joy of running. After running 25.2 miles over the course of the school year, kids will run the final mile on race day, Friday, November 2, to become marathon finishers.
“The inaugural Rock ‘n Roll Marathon last fall took Savannah by storm. People throughout the community that have never run a day in their life were engaged in and had fun with the event, from volunteering to cheering along the city streets,” said Joseph Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah. “The changes in this year’s event will be very popular. From making the running course more visually attractive to adding the KiDS ROCK event, locals and visitors alike are going to be very pleased with the improvements.”
Runners can get prepared for race day at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2. A runner’s ultimate resource, the Expo brings together nearly 100 exhibitors offering the best in gear, nutrition, and training along with interactive clinics by legendary running experts and athletes. The race will culminate with a post-race concert and finish line festival at historic Forsyth Park.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah
The second Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Open to runners and walkers from novice to professional, live bands entertain participants along each mile of the scenic course that winds through Savannah’s historic neighborhoods. Adding to the excitement, hundreds of local high school cheerleaders will be competing in the “Spirit on Course” competition by motivating athletes all the way to the finish line.
Race weekend festivities begin Thursday with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The Health & Fitness Expo is open to the public and will feature over 80 exhibitors with the latest in endurance sports gear and nutrition products. The 2012 event will add a children’s run KiDS ROCK on Friday, November 2. Event weekend concludes with a post race finish line concert. For more information, visit Competitor.com or follow us on Twitter @RunRocknRoll.
Amana Miyamae, 970-402-0390