Savannah Bridge Run is Saturday - watch out if you're driving

Savannah River Bridge Run

Organizers of the Savannah River Bridge Run are thrilled, they've hit their 5,000 person registration cap. But you better watch out if you're driving down.

First off, know that only one lane of the iconic bridge will be closed for the race that kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, but still you should expect delays.

Oh, if you didn't know the bridge's official name is the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.

All the details you can handle are below, from a press release: 


The Savannah River Bridge Run starts Saturday at 8:00 a.m. starting with the Children’s Run, the route starts on Montgomery near McDonough St., travels north on Montgomery St., east on Oglethorpe Ave. to Jefferson St., around the median and west on Oglethorpe Ave. to Montgomery St, south on Montgomery St. to McDonough St. and disbands.

At 8:15 a.m. the 5k Run/Walk begins on Hutchinson Island on Wayne Shackelford Blvd. (WSB) heading west on WSB under the Talmadge Bridge to the southbound side of the bridge, south over the bridge to Oglethorpe Ave. east on Oglethorpe Ave., up Oglethorpe, past MLK Blvd., finishing just beyond MLK Blvd. on Oglethorpe Ave. between MLK Blvd. & Montgomery St. & disbands.

The 10k run begins at 9:00 a.m. starting on Montgomery St. in front of the Chatham County Court House, traveling north on Montgomery St. to Broughton St. east on Broughton St. to Abercorn St., south on Abercorn St. to Oglethorpe Ave., west on Oglethorpe Ave. to the Talmadge Bridge, north over the bridge to Hutchinson Island, east on Hutchinson Island and looping around under the bridge to the southbound side of the bridge, south over the bridge to Oglethorpe Ave., up Oglethorpe Ave., north on MLK Blvd., right on Congress St., east on Congress St. to Montgomery St., south on Montgomery St. finishing in front of the Chatham County Courthouse on Montgomery St.

The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic during the race, with only one lane closed for the runners, drivers should expect delays.

SCMPD officers will participate in the race. Metro Recruit Class 243 will run the 5k and five officers will compete against the Fire Department in the 10K. The officers are Sgt. Rob Kendrick, 10 K Team Captain, Officers Michael Doty, Harold Drummond, Jonathan Drummond and Recruit Robert Santoro.

The Savannah Water Front Association Annual Christmas Parade

The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. The staging area will start on the far west end of River St. The Parade will travel east to East Broad St. Ramp, south up Bay St. Ramp, west on Bay St., south on Abercorn St., west on Broughton St. and then north on Montgomery St. to the disband area at Franklin Square. The Parade is expected to be over by 7:00 p.m. Drivers in the area should expect delays during the parade.


Gena Moore