3 Reasons Not to Miss the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K

This springtime race leads runners 13.1 miles through one of the nation’s most beautiful cities.

Lace up those running shoes because the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K returns to Georgia’s oldest city the weekend of April 7-9. Savannah’s downtown is dotted with 22 historic park-like squares lush with spring greenery and colorful flowers, and this carefully-planned route shows off some of the most beautiful architecture in Savannah’s Downtown Historic District, Victorian District, and 1920s-era suburb Ardsley Park. If the spring flowers and the pleasant weather aren’t enough to convince you, maybe the following reasons are.

1) A pre-race expo by New Balance will showcase the newest gear from one of the best brands in the business.

Featuring shoes, pants, jackets, sports bras, tops and tons of other swag, the New Balance Fashion-Fitness Expo at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto is an event in itself. The expo will also provide runners with a taste of Savannah with an array of items provided by local businesses.

2) The beauty of the route is second to none.

Savannah is consistently called one of the most beautiful cities in the country. From colonial-era restaurants to Victorian mansions, each square is surrounded by a patchwork of historic architecture spanning the length of American history. The starting line is at Drayton and Gwinnett Streets in the heart of the downtown Historic District, then the route winds through some of the most scenic areas of Savannah before ending at the Forsyth Park Fountain, the decorative centerpiece of town. Check the event website for information on where the 5K and Half Marathon routes go. Don’t forget to celebrate your triumph at the post-race party at Forsyth Park!

3) Wrap up the weekend with Sunday morning yoga at Ellis Square.

After you conquer the race (and collect your finisher’s medal and race swag), wind down Sunday morning with 9 a.m. yoga at Ellis Square. Stretch those sore muscles in the sunshine, then check out the adjacent City Market district for brunch and unique retail experiences. Shopping mecca Broughton Street is only two blocks away featuring both local and national label brands!

Check out the race’s official website at SavannahWomensHalf.com to register for the race and for complete info on all the events of the weekend, and start planning your trip at VisitSavannah.com!

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