SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon kicked off Saturday morning, and WSAV had live updates from the race.
Events followed the race into the afternoon, with headliner ‘The Strumbrellas’ performing in Forsyth Park, food trucks and more.
News 3 will have your full event recap tonight. Tune in to WSAV at 6 p.m. or watch live here.
To see street closures, race routes, a No Parking Zone list and more, CLICK HERE.
The winners of the 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon have been announced. The marathon tweeted that Wesley Turner and Alyssa Bloomquist are this year’s marathon race winners.
Turner’s finishing time was two hours, 28 minutes and seven seconds. Bloomquist finished in two hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds.
The race also tweeted the winner of the Handcycle Marathon is Allen Gerhardt. His finishing time was one hour, 51 minutes and 28 seconds.
Gerhardt is a double-amputee veteran. After today’s race, he qualifies for the Boston Marathon in April.
News 3 spoke with Gerhardt before he took off this morning. See that interview tonight on WSAV.
All race results will be able to be found HERE once the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is complete.
The first runner has crossed the half-marathon finish line.
Ace Brown, a SCAD graduate, won the half-marathon race this morning, finishing it in just over an hour. This is his third year running the race, and he says the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is unlike any other event.
“There’s nothing like it man, there’s nothing like it,” Brown said. “Coming around a turn, and there’s a band there, there’s nothing like it.”
Brown finished the race, then cheered on other runners as they crossed the finish line.
“We’re all runners, we’re all here doing the same thing,” Brown said. “We all work our butts off every single day. We all deserve to have a great time today and be celebrating each other.”
One of the runners Brown cheered on is Ray Bing of Savannah. Bing hit a personal record today.
They’re off! The first wave of runners took off from the starting line at 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Watch the start of the 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon above.
Alexis Campbell is a volunteer from the Savannah Youth Academy and said she is excited to have the opportunity to support her community today.
Campbell will be volunteering at the finish line. She said though she loves the event, she is not planning to run in it any time soon.
“Oh no,” Campbell said, laughing. “We’ll cheer from the sidelines.”
WSAV’s Jon Dowding is downtown as runners get warmed up and ready to go.
Zack Dailey is a first time marathon runner, who says he is both excited and nervous this morning. He told News 3 he ran a half marathon last weekend, beating his time goal, and hopes to keep that momentum going today.
Dailey said he has not always been an avid runner.
“I really wanted to start making my fitness goals,” Dailey said. “I just started running one day, I could barely run a quarter mile and I just started every morning, just adding little baby steps every single day.”
Dailey said that while he knows the physical challenge of the race will be tough, he thinks the mental endurance will be even harder.
“You have to keep finding these small goals to reach, and once you reach that, you have to set another one,” Dailey said.
His goal today is to finish the race in around four hours.
WSAV will have more updates throughout the morning.