UPDATE // Saturday, November 7 – 9:45am ET
This morning in consultation with local officials, we made the difficult decision to divert runners along the course due to the health risk posed by over-exertion in the unseasonably warm and humid conditions. As previously communicated, we did implement a comprehensive heat plan, which included sponge stations and air-conditioned cooling buses along the course. Unfortunately, these tough running conditions were deemed excessive and dangerous by our medical officials and their consulting team, including the Southside Fire Department, St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management.
While we want to provide a fun and memorable experience for all runners, our number one priority is to maintain their safety at every event. We greatly appreciate your understanding, and we sympathize with you that you were unable to finish the race you worked so hard to prepare for.
We know that nothing can replace crossing the finish line in Savannah over the weekend. We will be in touch via email with all affected participants.
UPDATE // Friday, November 6 – 9:30pm ET
If you have checked the weather, you may have seen that the forecast for Saturday is a warm & humid one. Here are a few expert tips for running in warm weather.
While we want to provide a fun and memorable experience for runners, our number one priority is to maintain their safety at this event. We are working closely with Southside Fire Depart, St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, and the Office of Emergency Management to monitor the forecast for Saturday and have developed a contingency plan in the event of severe weather. We are implementing our comprehensive heat plan that includes for marathoners: misters at water stations, sponge stations, air-conditioned cooling buses along the course and ice towels at the finish.
The combination of temperature and humidity may reach a Heat Stress zone that presents our runners with conditions that our medical officials deem excessive and ultimately dangerous for the health and safety of our runners. In the event that this occurs, we plan to divert runners to points further along the course or pull runners off the course all together for their safety. In this event, runners will be transported back to the finish line in shuttle buses.
UPDATE // Friday, November 6 – 4:30pm ET
It’s looking like it will be a warm and humid day on Saturday. Here are some tips from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series team to make sure you’re fully prepared
- Remember to complete the Medical Information on the back of your race bib.
- Take some salt. Before your race, add a salt pack to a cup of fluid and drink it. Salt packets will be available at the start line refreshment stand and also from race officials within your starting corrals. Salt packets can also be found on course at all medical stations.
- Don’t over-drink. Drink when you are thirsty and no more.
- Don’t over-exert yourself. If you’re feeling uncomfortably hot, slow down.
- If you don’t feel right, stop at a medical station to get checked out or see any race or city official out on course who can help you seek assistance.
In addition, if you are a marathoner,
- Make use of the on-course cooling elements including cooling buses and wet sponges. Take a break in shaded areas along the route for a quick breather.
- Consider switching distances. If you’re running the marathon you can decide to drop down to the half marathon before the race or at the split point on course without any advance action.*
- As a reminder, please be aware of the following course cutoff times.
Keep an eye out for the following cooling elements on course:
- Ice/sponge stations at approximately miles 12.7 and 23.
- Cooling buses located on the latter part of the marathon course near water stations: Southbound Truman at Victory on-ramp, Memorial Hospital Parking Lot on Lexington Dr. Approaching Reuben Clark Dr (in parking lot) and at Skidaway & Timberline Dr in Church Parking Lot.
- Ice towels available in the Finish Line Secure Zone.
- Cool drinks available in the Finish Line Secure Zone.
Rest assured we’re prepared for the weather too and will be ready to rock with you, rain or shine. To read more expert tips for running in warm weather, click here.
*Participants switching from the marathon to the half marathon are not guaranteed to receive a half marathon medal and may receive the marathon finisher medal instead.