Tourism industry call sold out marathon a good sign

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The inaugural Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is sold out, which means 23,000 runners and their families and friends will be in Savannah during the first weekend of November.

The influx of marathon goers also means tourism dollars for the Hostess City.

Joe Marinelli with Visit Savannah said it will go beyond hotels and shops.

Marinelli said for a first year they expected 10,000 to 12,000 runners. He said the runners who come in for the race will love the city so much they'll come back.

Charlie Brazil, the general manager of Old Town Trolley, who spent time in San Diego where the Rock 'n' roll Marathon started and he said he knows what can economic boost it can do for a city.

"It's a really a testament to how popular savannah is with people all over the country. We are very excited about that and it mean a huge economic boost to our community not this year but for many years to come," said Marinelli.

"It means the landscape for November is going to be changed and certainly the tourism industry.

Brazil said that the marathon could bring up to 60,000 to 80,000 people to Savannah during the first week of November, which is probably one of the slower weeks of the year.

Marinelli said hotels downtown are already booked and they are filling up on Tybee the south side.

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