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Rock 'n' Roll Savannah (http://www.runrocknroll.com/savannah/) will always hold a place in my heart since it was my first marathon in 2014. After the marathon in 2014 I was so happy about a flat course and prospect of running a sub 2 hour race that I immediately signed up to run the half and 5k (Remix Challenge) for 2015. Unfortunately due to a femoral stress fracture I had to sit it out. This year's return to Savannah was all about redemption. I went big and decided to run the half marathon, 5k, and 1 miler for the Remix and GA Pie Challenge. The half marathon was on Nov 4 and the other races on Nov 5.
The expo was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Nov 3. Even though I had 3 bibs to pick up for my races and I was able to get them quickly. Immediately after picking up my bib, I picked up my 3 tee-shirts before heading inside to visit the vendors.
Brooks is the main sponsor for the race and they had huge exhibit and plenty of gear for purchase. There were many other race organizations and gear vendors. My wallet was happy since I didn't buy anything. I did have a chance to catch up some old friends and take plenty of pictures.
Concerns about heat prompted officials to move the race start time to 7:15 am. I took a hotel shuttle to race which started near the river. There were plenty of hotels for snacks and rest rooms as well as porta potties. The weather was wonderful at the start. At 7:15 am we were released in our waves to take on the streets of Savannah for 13.1 miles.
Running in Savannah is A LOT easier than running in ATL since they do not have many hills. The hydration stations were every other mile and well stocked with volunteers. There was plenty of crowd support in the historic areas. I finished in 2:31, which is a half marathon PR for me this year. The weather held up for my race and I felt great.
The conquest for redemption continued the next day with the 5K for the Remix Challenge. The 5k was held at Daffin Park on Sunday at 1 pm. The route was short and sweet. It didn't have much crowd support, but the post race snacks were good. I finished the 5k, which put a check on the Remix Challenge. I still had one more redemption race to go.
GA Pie Challenge
The last race of the weekend was the 1 miler at 2:30 pm. The 1 miler and 5k races were the GA Pie Challenge. After running the race we received a 1 miler medal and personal size pie from GA Pie Society. The race was also held at Daffin Park and was the best (and shortest) race of them all. It was a great end to a wonderful weekend.
2017 was truly the year of redemption for the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah. I came, I ran, and I rocked all my races. My apple-berry pie was great too!