Savannah residents are gearing up for downtown disruptions but also a financial windfall because of a marathon in the city Saturday. The second ever Rock and Roll Marathon will bring about 17-thousand runners to the coast.
Officials with the Rock and Roll Marathon announced the new course for this year's race in Savannah. The event drew 23,000 participants in 2011. The new course was mapped out to respond to safety concerns of running on the Truman Parkway.
A survey shows, not all Savannah businesses were thrilled by results from the city's first-ever Rock-and-Roll Marathon. City leaders hailed the run as a tourism coup. About twenty-three thousand runners and their families filled the city in early November. But some businesses saw empty stores, blaming road closures and the race's route.
Savannah city officials are urging patience as its largest-ever sports event strides into history on Saturday. The Rock 'n Roll Marathon will bring some 23,000 runners and their families to the coastal city. They'll be filling up parking spaces and hotels. Officials expect roads and public transit to be knotted up.
A running event in Savannah is on pace to become Georgia's largest marathon and half-marathon. A spokesman for the national Rock 'n Roll Marathon group says, 20,000 people so far have registered for the November event. The spokesman says the running event is expected to sell-out at 23,000 people.