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First marathon runner crosses finish line


Eric McDonald, of Boston, is the first marathoner to cross the finish line at the third annual Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon with a time of 02:29:47, according to results from the marathon website. It was his first marathon, he told WTOC.

Steve Ryan is No. 2 with a time of 2:41 and Joshua Farris is No. 3 with a time of 2:42. The first female marathon runner Alyssa Kulik crosses finish line with a time of 02:53:09. Lauren Blankenship is No. 2 with a time of 02:56:26. Erika Shaughnessy finished No. 3 with a time of 3:01:20.

"I just wanted to reach three hours and I reached my goal, so I was happy with that," Kulik said. 

Half marathoners and relay teams continue to cross the finish line Saturday morning.

Craig Dye from Bluffton is first half marathon finisher with a time of 1:12:18. Seth Tucker is No. 2 at 1:13:11 and Daniel Smoak is the No. 3 at 1:14:22.

Erin Fondren is first of the women's division to complete the half marathon with a time of 01:21:25. Lauren Osborne is No. 2 finished with a time of 1:22:43. Jesse Ward finished No. 3 with a time of 1:25:23. 

An estimated 18,500 runners stepped off at 7 a.m. from at the starting line at Bay and Bull streets. There are 25 corrals, which allow runners to start in waves from the starting line. They will head west and then double back several times through downtown, Midtown and West Savannah before ending at Forsyth Park.

Watch and the WTOC news app for livestreaming video of the entire race. Share your photos and videos from your phone by emailing or use the news app or go to See the Rock ‘n' Roll Savannah Marathon section for more details. The hashtag for the marathon being used by the Competitor Group, which runs the event, is #RnRSAV.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police remind drivers that parking will be difficult in areas around Forsyth Park, including Park Avenue and Bull, Duffy, Gaston and Drayton streets.

Both sides of Park Avenue have been closed between Drayton Street and Abercorn since midnight Thursday. Parking on those streets will stay closed until 6 p.m. Saturday.

For an hour and a half on Saturday, street construction on East President Street has parts of that street down to one-way headed west. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to Wheaton Street to get to President Street by going left onto East Gwinnett Street and turning north onto Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a SCMPD news release.

Parking on the east side of Bull Street between Bay and Bryan streets will be closed from 8 a.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Vehicles parked on and around the race course could be towed if they are not removed by the posted times. Affected areas will transition back to normal parking on a rolling basis starting at about 10 a.m., but some areas may not be reinstated until as late as 4 p.m.

Those who get towed will need to go to police headquarters on Habersham at Oglethorpe streets to find out where their vehicle has been towed. Owners will then have to get their vehicles directly from the towing company.  

Get traffic updates about the race on Twitter at @wtoctraffic. Police will post their updates on traffic patterns and more on their Twitter account @scmpd throughout the race. 

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