SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Local and national organizers of the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon announced plans for the 2012 race.
Race organizers announced the American Cancer Society is the new benefiting charity.
Three big changes are being called improvements to the course. The industrial areas west of downtown - not the most scenic part of last year's course – has been eliminated. More of historic downtown has been added - including two squares that weren't used last year.
Also both the marathon and half marathon will go onto Savannah State's campus this year. The course went past university last year and there was great support from the SSU community.
The big change for runners – is the portion of the race on the Truman Parkway has been reduced from 3 miles to about 1 mile. That was the toughest stretch of the race last year.
The course will start again at City Hall. It will run go through Gordonston, west Savannah and past William Grayson Stadium before finishing at Forsyth Park.
The changes aim to lessen the impact on the surrounding community and and require fewer road closures for neighborhoods on the south end of the marathon course, according to organizers.
Also new this year is the children's K-7 KiDS ROCK, a cumulative marathon training program. Participants will run 25.2 miles over the course of the school year and they'll run the final mile on Nov. 2.
The Health & Fitness Expo will take place on Nov. 1 and 2. The announcement was made to coincide with National Running Day.
Jim Ryun, who held the world record in the mile, won multiple NCAA championships and a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics, will take part in Fleet Feet Sports' National Running Day event on Wednesday night.
The run starts at at 5:30 p.m. at the shop on Waters Avenue.