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Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run to impact downtown traffic Saturday

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Thousands are getting ready to run, walk, or crawl this weekend at the 25th annual Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run.

The Health and Wellness Expo for the Bridge Run is Friday, Dec. 2. The expo and packet pick-up starts at 10 a.m. at the Savannah Civic Center.

Every year, more than 5,000 people participate in the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run, many of which take part in their craziest costume. One local runner, who has run the race before, explains what makes the Savannah Bridge Run so unique.

"It's a chance to run over the Talmadge Bridge, which is pretty awesome being on top of there and getting a great vista of Savannah. It's not too often that you can run over that bridge, so it's a lot of fun," said Patrick Boyle. 

The race will step off at 8 a.m. and consists of a 5K, 10K, and a Double Pump, which is the 5K and 10K combined. The route takes runners from Hutchinson Island across the Talmadge Bridge to Oglethorpe Avenue and turning onto Montgomery Street, finishing with the post-race party in Franklin Square where awards and medals will be given out and the costumes will be judged. First place will take home a prize of $400, and as always, the traditional Brunswick stew will be available at the after-party.

Online registration is now closed but if you are interested in running the Bridge Run, registration will be open Friday at the Health and Wellness Expo, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

"Obviously, there's a giant bridge in the middle of the race, so that's the biggest, unique maker of the bunch, but it's just a great way to get the family together. It's a good way to test yourself because there's a giant hill in the middle of it," said Chris Ramsey, Fleet Feet. 

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department says motorists can expect delays in the downtown area during the Bridge Run. Northbound and southbound lanes of the bridge will remain open during the race to vehicular traffic. Motorists will utilize the inside lanes of the bridge, while athletes will utilize the shoulder in both directions. The Oglethorpe Avenue on and off ramps may experience closures or delays during the race, which is expected to end around 10 a.m. Police encourage drivers to use patience and allow extra time to navigate the area. 

Here is the race day weather forecast from the WTOC Weatther Team:

The following is a map of the run:

For additional race information, click here.

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