Rock 'n' Roll Marathon a success, minor changes expected

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It was a day full of excitement and surprises. Now that Savannah's first Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is over, organizers say overall it was a huge success.

"I don't think we could have asked for better weather and everything happened the way we wanted it to," said Robert Espinoza, Owner of Fleet Feet Sports.

But there were a few things that didn't quite go as planned, starting with a major traffic jam on the Talmadge Bridge as the 23,000 runners made their way to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center for the Health and Fitness Expo.

Visit Savannah President Joe Marinelli said, "We know we've got to improve the flow of people over the bridge to the trade center on Hutchinson Island. That's a big priority for us. Also, the shuttles getting in from not only the Southside but also on Tybee."

On race day, the runners seemed to be pleased with the mostly flat course, which showcased many of the Hostess City's beautiful sights. But as organizers prepare for Savannah's 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, some minor route changes can be expected.

"We're never going to stop trying to improve. We're still working on the Bridge Run after nine years," said Espinoza.

It's estimated the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon brought the City of Savannah $25 million.

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