In the marathon, Ben Brown (Savannah, Ga.) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 2:33:23. Jack Bordoni (Atlanta, Ga) was second with a time of 2:34:55. Ryan Fan (Atlanta, Ga.) followed in third place finishing in 2:40:05. Katie Ringley (Shelby, N.C.) was the women’s champion with a final time of 2:58:15 with Kelli Proctor (Waterford, Penn.) next behind her at 2:59:42. Violetta Yazlovskaya (Titusville, Fla.) rounded out the podium in 3:01:24.
In the half marathon Blake Jorgensen (Atlanta, Ga.) won the race clocking a time of 1:08:41. Aesop Brown (Savannah, Ga.) was second with a time of 1:10:16. Patrick Duboyce (Richmond Hill, Ga.) followed in third place finishing in 1:18:39. Lauren Scott (Neptune Beach, Fla.) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:23:38 with Lisa Johnson (Gainesville, Ga.) next behind her at 1:29:07. Kristen Nicolais (Savannah, Ga.) rounded out the podium in 1:29:55.
Approximately 12,000 registered runners from age 12 to 81 took to the streets this weekend to participate in the eighth running of the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds Georgia’s most historic city.
The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday morning when both the marathon and half marathon began at the corner of Bay and E Bull St. with runners from all 50 states and 23 countries receiving a first-class tour of Historic Savannah. Beginning in front of City Hall, runners received a scenic trip through Savannah’s historic downtown district, canopy roads, charming neighborhoods and a grand finish line festival in Forsyth
Elite runners and fast times aside, Saturday’s races were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including the Savannah State University Tiger’s Marching Band & Drumline, Perpetual Care, Cory Chambers Jazz Band, Tiger Creek and Islands High School Marching Sharks performed live on improved band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Participants moved along to more music than ever with all new mile-markers that included speakers while taking in the local scenery and city streets packed with spectator support.