I was a 2018 Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k race Ambassador. I received free entry and hotel. All opinions are my own.
Running during the Spring time, in Georgia, is always scenic. Regardless of the amount of pollen, I always love seeing everything in bloom and looking so green. The highlight of this season’s running has been the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k. My Husband and I took a break from the kids, I ran the 5k and we explored all of the Savannah sightseeing destinations.
Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k Race Recap
What makes this race weekend unique is the celebration of female athletes. Yes, men are allowed to participate in the race as well. There’s nothing more awesome than running alongside other women who are supporting each other.
The Fashion Fitness Expo
The weekend begins with a boutique style expo that’s located at The Desoto Savannah hotel (the official host hotel). The fashion fitness expo featured race merchandise souvenirs, fun photo opportunities and plenty of fun provided from the big races sponsors: Publix and New Balance. I picked up my bib and carb-fueled (probably a bit too much) for the Saturday morning 5k.
The 5k Race Experience
Originally, I had plans to run the half marathon distance, but my struggle with Plantar Fasciitis thought otherwise. I switched to the 5k distance and didn’t regret the decision. It gave me more time to explore the city and rain was in the forecast anyways.
I immediately noticed how many Run Disney shirts I saw before we started. This race pulls from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina runners. I met so many awesome runners that decided to make this race a girl’s weekend getaway. Love that!
The race begins and ends in the famous Forsyth Park. You’re surrounded by big oak trees and beautiful old architecture. As the race started, I did a 1:1 interval of run-walk-run to enjoy the scenery.
The 5k and half marathon start together and then separate to different paths. You seed yourself at the start line, so it was a bit congested for the first mile. It opened up after and I had plenty of space. This race is perfect for all levels: from walking to competitive running.
A lot of runners ran in groups and you could feel the support. Every few miles was a medic and water station. I’m spoiled by running well-organized races and the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k fit the bill.
As you turn the corner and head back into Forsyth Park, the finish line is just beyond the park’s famous fountain. Be sure to take a photo or have somebody cheering capture that moment – It was a highlight.
I earned an awesome oak tree medal and each runner gets a New Balance backpack! This race had plenty of swag. The backpack is a nice alternative to cheap race shirts that go to waste.
The After Party
The Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k had several sponsors providing adult drinks and merchandise after the race. Publix provided the post-race snacks (everyone’s favorite) that included fruit and mini-muffins. I grabbed a mimosa before heading back to the hotel. Live music and photo locations are also available.
On Sunday, they race offers a cool down ‘yoga in the park’ party for runners to attend. It’s a nice way to cap off the weekend’s festivities.
Overall, I loved this race. I plan to do it again next year as well! It’s organized, full of extras, scenic and fun. I highly recommend making the Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k a girl’s weekend getaway. Totally worth it!
The 2019 Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k Will be April 6th!
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