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Approximately 17,000 from all 50 states attended the Rock – n – Roll Savannah Marathon

The beat was on as the Ellis brothers and fellow warriors stomped down the streets of Savannah to “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga.  The Rock – n – Roll Savannah Marathon was in full force on November 3rd as runners whipped through the Spanish moss of the live oaks lining the roads and squares.

Music echoed every mile marker to energize the die-hard athletes to reach the end of the journey. The highlight for many marathon participants was the looping through the cheers and cadence tunes of the Savannah State University stadium.  Savannah College of Art  and Design (SCAD) drumline forced a jiggle in the pace of the course in the streets.

But the party started at the Forsythe Park finish line with faces of exhaustion
and elation.  Adelitas Way played on the big stage as brew flowed through the crowd of jubilant athletes.

Commerce hummed as runners crowded the shops, pubs, and eateries. Savannah is an elevated city preserved in history with views of the Savannah River.

Moon River Brewery, the city’s only micro-brewery, supplied beer to carry to the river to watch tug boats, freighters, and ferries. We climbed the slate steps to the Pirate’s House for awesome grub of mouth-watering steaks and
succulent scallops.

The Pirate’s House restaurant was built in 1754

Conversation after the race was focused on data as the dazed and confused
brothers reminisced and planned for their next race. There was buzz about the 2013 Ironman World Championship, a combination of  a 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon in Hawaii.
What are your favorite cities for running events?

Mission accomplished with personal records for both brothers: 4:12 and 4:14.



The Savannah Marathon’s official start is Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00 a.m with a view of the Savannah River. Today runners arrived by plane, car, and foot to grab their packets and bibs. The chatter in lines and during their high carb meals were New York — especially the cancelled marathon.





Most agreed with the decision but thought it should have been announced earlier than today. The late decision resulted in disappointment to runners, but the area’s hurricane victims have much bigger disappointments.

The loss and suffering is immense. I have a daughter in New York who is actively participating in relocating senior citizens to safe conditions. My son drove to NY with a relief team to help the area. We called in donations for assistance.

Savannah’s run will go on, but one thing is for sure, New York will be on many minds.


The November 3, 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll  Marathon in Savannah, Ga.  is getting closer.  My husband, who is training for the event, is starting to do strange things — like running in the middle of the night.  He is cruising on country roads alarming curious farm animals.   I asked him to write me a guest blog to get into his head about this odd behavior.  Turns out it is not too odd — it’s actually normal for the preparation of a 26 mile race.

George Ellis, guest blogger who is training for the big M:

This past Sunday, I woke up at 4AM and quietly slipped out of my warm bed.  I put on my running shirt, running shorts, running shoes, running watch, my running hat (backwards) and strapped on my iPod.  After letting the dogs out, I ate a banana and a peanut butter sandwich, grabbed my water bottle, kissed my sleeping wife goodbye and hit the streets for a 20 mile run.  This is marathon training.

In four short weeks, my brother and I will toe the line at the Roll ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA.  Both of us are experienced runners and both have run marathons.  But we both know that to run the 26.2 mile distance, you need to prepare your body and your soul.

As many accomplished athletes have said “you can jump from the couch to a 10K, a 10 miler, even a half marathon.  But a marathon?  You can’t just call that one in!”

I can’t really say exactly why long training runs are necessary before an actual marathon, but I know it’s important for me to find my marathon pace.  It’ also important to know the size of my gas tank and what fuel works best.  Once determined, I change nothing.

This particular run started in the early morning darkness, so I found it easy to keep one foot on the break, running even and patient.  Running long distances helps me find that realistic rhythm that keeps me, well, running.

Sponsors from Gatorade to the American Cancer Society display their support — and advertisements — on the banners of  top marathons. 

The grueling 26 mile race can offer amazing marketing opportunities for companies and organizations.  The Boston Marathon reported 26,655 registered runners with 500,000 spectators in 2012.  

Here is a list of some top 5 marathons, upcoming dates,  and their top sponsors:

1.  Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts,

     April 15, 2013 — the cream of the crop.  Sets the

     standard for most marathons. 

2013 Boston Marathon

Top Sponsors:  John Hancock, Addidas, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

2.  New York City Marathon, NYC, New York,

     November 4, 2012 — the countdown to the Big Apple. 

Top Sponsors:

The ING NYC Marathon Presented By:

3Midnight Sun Marathon,  Tromsø, Norway,

    June 22, 2013 — the Arctic at almost 70° north under the midnight sun!

Top Sponsors:


4.  St. George Marathon, City of St. George, Utah,

      October 6, 2012 — right around the corner. 


Top Sponsors: NordicTrack.com, Intermountain Sports Medicine – Southwest, Clif Bar, Gatorade

5Big Sur International Marathon, California.,

     April 28, 2013 — awesome views!   


Top Sponsors:

Gatorade2 Runner's World The Barnyard Shopping Village Dole

These are some of the marathons for the seasoned runners with a qualifying performance for the race.   

We chose to travel to the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, November 3, 2012 in Savannah, Ga. The American Cancer Society is a top sponsor.  Savannah, est. 1733, was our destination because of the training schedule, the sponsor — hubby is a cancer survivor — and the lure of the southern history, restaurants, and charm. 

If you are a runner; how do you choose a race? 


The race is on for the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, November 3, 2012.  Crunch time.  My hubby (hat) and his bro (great hair) are gearing up for the big day.  They have been training for months — at least four.

The 60 day countdown started September 3rd with 10 miles in Rockville Md.

Savannah, Ga. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

View some Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon updates on Storify!

Are you planning to participate in Savannah — or any other marathons in the future?  If so, why did you choose that particular run?

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