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Savannah's second Rock N' Roll Marathon a success

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Over 17,000 runners took off for Savannah's second Rock N' Roll marathon and half marathon on Saturday.

Misty Brower and Carolyn Sadowsky travelled from out of state to cheer for their husbands running in the marathon.

"All these people have trained hard to be here it's a big accomplishment for them for a lot of people it's a milestone in their life."

Several downtown streets shut down as runners make the 26.2 mile run from the start line at Bay and Bull Streets to the finish line at Forsyth Park as thousands of supporters line the streets cheering them on.

"It's just a good environment to be in lots of energy out here and it makes me want to come out next year and run it again myself," said Peggy Klinecki.

These runners have spent months training for this one day. The marathon attracted runners from all over for the city's second largest tourism event this year.

Alderman Van Johnson said "With 17,000 visitors from all over the world come stay in our town, stay in our hotels, eat our food, visit our neighborhoods it's a great economic boost for our community."

For runner David Rivera, this marathon has special meaning.

"Celebrating such a wonderful man good friend it was a great day," he said.

Rivera's running in memory of, Captain Matthew Freeman, a marine pilot who was killed in Afghanistan.

"Whenever you feel like you don't want to get up for those 5 am runs you think about the sacrifice our men and women in uniform sacrifice everyday with their life for us."

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