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Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon street closures, bus changes this weekend

2018 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Savannah.
2018 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Savannah.(WTOC)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 9:10 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 9:42 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is Saturday and there are several things you need to know.

If you are participating in the race, packet pick up starts Thursday. Beginning at 3 p.m., you can pick up your packet at the Savannah Convention Center.

The marathon, half-marathon and half-marathon relay races start at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Bull and Bay Street and end at Forsyth Park. On Nov. 7, the 5K starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by the 1-mile race at 2 p.m. and the KIDS ROCK races at 2:30 p.m. All of the Nov. 7 races start and end at Daffin Park.

2021 Savannah Race Course

If you are not participating in the race but are going to be downtown, there are several streets you will need to avoid.

Closures will begin as early as 2:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Closures through the different zones will continue throughout the race. As the last racer exits the zone and it is determined to be safe for reopening, officers will allow vehicular traffic to resume.

Real time road closure information will also be available on the Waze navigation app or at http://savannahpd.org/live-traffic-map/.

Vehicles parked in posted no parking zones will be towed. If your vehicle is towed, contact SPD Headquarters at (912) 651-6675 to receive information on the towing company.

A full list of the maps, affected areas and closure estimates is available at Savannah Race Weekend Info Center (runrocknroll.com).

Changes to Chatham Area Transit Service

On Saturday, Nov. 6, all Chatham Area Transit buses will be rerouted or delayed due to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. None of CAT’s buses will operate from the downtown Joe Murray River, Jr. Intermodal Center at 610 W. Oglethorpe Avenue. In addition, service at downtown stops north of Anderson will be temporarily suspended. Normal service will resume after the marathon is over and the streets are cleared for traffic.

During the marathon, the connecting point for buses will be moved from the transit center to Anderson Street and Martin Luther King. Jr. Boulevard. CAT will also operate smaller shuttles to and from the temporary connecting point to the transit center, although this service will also be impacted by the race and customers should expect delays. CAT Mobility also will be unable to serve some locations until after the marathon.

The Dot shuttles will not operate during the marathon, but the Downtown Loop will resume service after the roads have been reopened to traffic. The Dot’s Forsyth Loop will not run on Saturday at all due to the scheduled events in the area.

In addition, the Forsyth Dot loop will be impacted on Friday due to the closure of Drayton Street from Henry Street to Gaston Street. The stops missed include Park Avenue and Bull, Drayton and Gwinnett, and Drayton and Huntington. The closest alternative stop is at Whitaker and Gwinnett.

Individual route details are online at: catchacat.org (homepage slide).

There will be no road closures on Sunday. However, minor delays should be expected from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. due to some shorter runs that day at Daffin Park and along Washington Avenue.

Ferry Information

  • Nov. 4: One extra ferry will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: One extra ferry will run from 12p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: Ferry service will begin at 5 a.m.

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