5 Reasons to Walk the Savannah Bridge Run
By: Meredith Herman
Most people hear “race” and think, “Oh no, I’m not a runner.” But walking a race is just as fun as running it! Walking races allows you to continue your active lifestyle and give yourself a challenge while enjoying parts of the race even more. Every December, the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run takes place around Savannah and it’s a great opportunity to get in on the fun of racing.
No matter your pace, this is your race!
1. Challenge Yourself
The Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run has become an iconic and historical event that over 5,000 people accept the challenge to summit the 5.5% grade Talmadge Memorial Bridge. It has been dubbed “The South’s Toughest Bridge Run,” but with the toughness comes an exciting, fun-filled day. Racers can choose from 5K, 10K, and 15K “double pump” race options.
2. Enjoy that Insta-Worthy View
Some say the most memorable aspect of the race is the view from the top of the bridge. As a participant, you’ll cross over the Savannah River and get a unique view of downtown Savannah. Once you reach the top of the bridge, that feeling of accomplishment will be like no other! Walking any of the race allows you to see Savannah and even get the perfect picture for this year’s family holiday card.
3. Win Cash in the Costume Contest!
Did you know? The Savannah Bridge Run hosts a costume contest that anyone can enter. Participants of the race can dress up and will be judged for the most creative costume. There are no bounds. Costumed individuals and groups can win up to $400! Feel like a real superhero as you cross that bridge donning your best cape and crown. The more creative, the better.
4. Bring the Entire Family
Walking a race is a great way to get some healthy family activity and encourage an active lifestyle for every family member. The Southland Pediatric Therapy Kids Run will take place at the race expo, and kids can take on their own version of the Bridge Run! You can pick up your race packet and the kids can grab their own medal. The Kids Run takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday and there is no registration needed. (Participants can find information for the Southland Pediatric Therapy Kids Run here.) So, whether everyone does the 5K together or splits up into their chosen races, there is something for everyone in the family!
5. Walk for a Cause
A portion of the race proceeds goes toward the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler to bring awareness and raise money for cancer care, resources and research. The Cancer & Research Pavilion provides specific and personalized care for multiple types of cancer. They are a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program, and they keep up to date with the latest treatments and patient care. Your participation in the race contributes to the future of cancer treatment.
So, are you ready to take on the bridge? We’ll see you at the top!
The Savannah Bridge Run is on December 3, 2022. Register for the race here.