POOLER, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Mile is the biggest revenue generator for the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire.
But after cancelling last year due to the pandemic, they were at risk of going back to back years without the event.
Of course, the Savannah Mile brings in quite the crowd to support the families of fallen first responders.
Which unfortunately, right now, is an issue for the city of Savannah.
“They have their protocol in place for gatherings larger than 50 people, so we were not, at this time, granted permission to have the event,” said 200 Club of the Coastal Empire President Mark Dana.
With the event just about a month away it was once again in jeopardy, until, “interestingly contacted by Ashley Brown, who’s the Chief of Police in Pooler, a strong supporter. He recommended we look at Pooler to have the event out there,” said Dana.
An idea the city seemed to be on board with, “I just thought it was just wonderful!” Said Pooler Mayor Rebecca Benton.
Pooler officially granting the 200 Club the permit on Monday.
A show of generosity that isn’t all that surprising to Dana.
“The city has always been so supportive of our men and women in uniform.”
Aside from a new location and a new name, the “Pooler Run for Heroes,” the event will be basically the same.
From the Memorial Walk to the Heroes Heat.
Raising funds, “It’s tremendous for the organization because it’s about a $250-thousand commitment when we respond to the family of a fallen first responder,” said Dana.
But perhaps more importantly reminding these families they aren’t alone.
“It’s a void you can’t fill but you can do your best to be that support for these people because their loved one put their life on the line for you,” said Mayor Benton.
Plus, what’s a run without a little competition, “I hope it’s better than Savannah’s,” joked Mayor Benton.
The Pooler Run for Heroes is Saturday May 29 on South Rogers Street in Pooler.
Registration is opening soon, click here for more details.
As for the future of the run Dana did not say where it would be located in the future.