SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah leaders held a news conference Monday morning to address some last minute questions regarding the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon.
23,000 people, 80 percent of whom will be visiting for other areas, are expected to run through the streets of Savannah and it's estimated each runner will bring more than two people to cheer them on.
"All garages will be 24 hours, however I need people to understand parking north of Broughton Street is going to be limited and difficult. So we are recommending if you are coming in to downtown that Saturday morning please route to the Liberty Street Parking Garage, the Robinson Street Parking Garage, and the Visitor's Center parking lot," said Parking and Mobility Director Sean Brandon.
Brandon said those who work in downtown Savannah will be guaranteed a parking spot in the downtown area garages until 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. After 8 a.m., anyone will be allowed to park in the garages; however, if there are no spaces available in the garages workers will be allowed to park on the street for free.
Those who live along the run route are asked to remove their cars off the street either Friday night or early Saturday morning.
Acting Assistant City Manager Marty Johnston said, "Unfortunately, come race day morning, if a car is not off the route we will have to tow that car. We want to make sure that everybody knows ahead of time. If you're used to parking on the street in front of your house and your house is on the race route please help us out by removing your car the night before or early that morning."
Police will also be out in full force beginning to protect not only the 23,000 Rock 'N' Roll runners, but residents who live along the route.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Captain Mike Wilkins said, "What we need to keep in mind is that despite this event coming into Savannah our primary focus, regardless of all of this, is public safety. All five precincts have made adjustments and are moving that plan into place for Saturday morning."
For answers to other questions regarding the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and to view the route, click here.