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For the past four years I have thought about running the Publix Savannah Women's half marathon, but could never fit it in my running schedule. This year I was super excited to run the race to celebrate the 5th anniversary.
The Fashion Fitness race expo was held at the Kehoe Iron Works at Trustee's Garden. The space was lovely and there was tons of free parking. Packet pick up was super fast and easy. This year we received duffle bags instead of tee-shirts for our participant gifts. I like the idea of the bags since I rarely wear the shirts after the race. I spoke to vendors and enjoyed all the free samples.
Right outside the expo was a food truck selling the "world's best peach cobbler". I got a sample before attending the expo and afterwards I stopped and got the cobbler, all in the name of carb loading. It was so good.
The race started and ended at Forsyth Park. I arrived at the park around 6:30 am and was able to park on the street less than a 0.5 mile from the start. The 5k and half marathon runners were able to self seed in the corrals of their choice. Both races started together and split after two miles.
The half marathon took us through the beautiful, flat streets of Savannah. I love running in Savannah because it is a much needed break from all the hills in Atlanta. My only improvement for the race would be to provide Gatorade throughout the race. It was warm and Gatorade wasn't offered until around mile 6. Thankfully, I was able to get Gatorade from a medic. I wasn't hurt, but I stopped at the medic to get a wet wipe to clean the bird poop off arm (getting pooped on during a race was a first for me!).
We finished with the beautiful Forsyth fountain in the background. I enjoyed the race and may run it next year, if my schedule allows. I finished in 2:33 and will keep working on my sub 2 hour half marathon goal with every race.
I had wonderful glass of sweet tea to cap the end of a wonderful race.