Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rock & Roll Savannah 1/2 Marathon Review

Considering this was my first big race and my first half marathon, I don't have a lot to compare it to.

As far as the expo went, I thought it was pretty smooth. They were quick to get you what you needed and the booths were spaced out nicely. It was a little crowded in some areas to look around but that was my only complaint. I heard from a few others though that they thought the expo wasn't good at all and it was a giant cluster. Again, that was the first big expo I've been too. I got what I needed and was happy with how it was handled. That's all that mattered to me.

I will complain about getting there though. There should have been more than ONE way to get to the expo. Hold it in a different location or have multiple ways of getting there. We were stuck on the bridge and in traffic for a LONG time. It was horrible. People were getting out of their cars and walking to the expo and getting back before traffic even started moving again. That's my main complaint though. It was the inagural year so it's to be expected but hopefully they think of something better for next year.

As far as the race itself goes, I thought it was put together well. The corrals went by quickly. Everything was organized. The water stations were put together well and were fast about getting you your water or Cytomax. They should have had more porta potties because people were all up in the woods showing everything a LOT. lol The entertainment kind of sucked but it helped things go by quickly along with the spectators. This was the best race that I've ever ran in in regards to the support and spectators. They were screaming and yelling like you were their own child.

I'll be honest though, when I imagined running in this race. In Savannah. I pictured running through a lot of the historic part and through the tree areas. The majority of the race was through urban areas and run down neighborhoods, projects, and run down businesses. I was really disappointed in the course. Even though it went by fast and the people were SO AMAZING, I just really wished it was different scenery.

Also, getting back to the ferry or the shuttles after the race should have been a little easier. I don't know if I hated that part because I was miserable or if it was because it really did suck. You can take that with a grain of salt haha

I stayed at the AVIA Hyatt after leaving the ladies for the weekend and I had the BEST customer service once arriving. They went out of their way to make sure my stay was immaculate and comfortable. The food was overpriced for small plates but the service was amazing. The valet was also extremely friendly. The room was beautiful. I wanted to take the giant mirror and the soft blanket home. I could have stayed there all week if I didn't have to pay haha My only complaint about this hotel was that for $270 a night you would think that I wouldn't have to pay $20 a day to have my car parked. That was the only option that I had, I couldn't self park. Other than that, it was overall a good time and a beautiful hotel.

I really honestly don't think I'd run in Savannah again. Unless they change the course.
The things to do were a good time (except Sunday night, apparently the town is dead then) and of course the local food was amazing. Hellooooo Paula Deen my hero. But other than that?
Unless they change the course. I won't be back.

No matter what I did or didn't like, I still rocked THIRTEEN POINT ONE FREAKING MILES!


Jen said...

You are such an inspiration!

Jessica said...

Congrats on your 13.1!!!

Amber said...

Paula Deen is my hero too!!! Love that crazy lady.

I'm so proud of you friend, you totally rocked it!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I'm shocked they didn't have the course going through Downtown. there's plenty of room... And yea, it's a ghost town on Sunday :(

Lip Gloss and Flip Flops said...

Congratulations to you on your first half marathon!!! What an awesome accomplishment! I hope to do my first half marathon this spring. xox