Best Damn Race Savannah

Sat 15th Feb 2020
Marine Corps memorial, 1 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

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Tickets $25–$50


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The Inaugural Best Damn Race Savannah features a Half Marathon and 5K on February 16, 2019. Best Damn Race is a running series created for runners by runners. Our goal is to provide a big race experience at a local race price. It doesnt matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, we want you to have the best DAMN race experience.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    7:30am Sat 15th Feb 2020
    Tickets available
  2. 5K

    Run 5km
    7:45am Sat 15th Feb 2020
    Tickets available
What’s Included

Half Marathon Participants

  • USATF Certified Course
  • Best Damn T-Shirt (Women’s & Men’s Cut)
  • Best Damn Finisher Medal (Half)
  • Best Damn Goodie Bag
  • Best Damn Post Race Party & Health & Fitness Expo
  • Free Food & Drinks at the post race party!

5K Participants

  • USATF Certified Course
  • Best Damn T-Shirt (Women’s & Men’s Cut)
  • Best Damn Finisher Medal (5K)
  • Best Damn Goodie Bag
  • Best Damn Post Race Party & Health & Fitness Expo
  • Free Food & Drinks at the post race party!
Course Details

The BDR Savannah Half Marathon route will run along tree-lined streets and showcase the scenic squares in the historic district. Expect a flat and fast course that starts and finishes at Forsyth Park. The BDR Savannah 5K route will start & finish in the same location as the half (Forsyth Park) and will include some of the scenic and historic squares of Savannah.

Raceday Logistics

5K Awards

will begin approximately at 9:00 am

Half Marathon Awards

will begin approximately at 9:30 am

Age group awards will be presented 3-deep in all divisions for the Half Marathon & 5K.

  • Top 3 Overall Male & Female will win overall awards.
  • Top Male & Female Masters (40+) & Grand Masters (50+) will also win award medals.
  • You must be at least 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon and at least 8 years old to participant in the 5K.
  • You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Half Marathon or 5K.
  • You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
  • Race numbers are required to participate.
  • No coaches, hand cycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, or dogs will be allowed on the course. (Baby Joggers will be allowed in the back of the starting coral.)
  • Course Time Limits: Half Marathon 3 hours 30 minutes, 5K = 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check. Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before 12:00 pm on race day.
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Reviews (4)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2019

    My wife and I ran this together and weren't in it for the time. Everything was well organized. The police had the streets blocked off and the people within the neighborhoods were friendly and encouraging. Plenty of water / goo stations. Definitely recommend this race for folks looking to have a vacation with a run in the middle of it :)
  • Did the event in 2019

    Course was a little congested in a couple areas due to some street parking. Not their fault, though, otherwise, a great race!!
  • Did the event in 2019

    This was my first BDR experience, and their first race in Savannah. I must say that it was an excellent first effort on their part.* They bill themselves as a racer-oriented organization ("created by runners for runners"), and that feels right. The price was perhaps a little bit higher than some other HMs I've done, but not exorbitant, and I feel like I got good value for the money.* I thought the course was good - Savannah has a LOT of cobblestone (downtown) which is not necessarily great to run on, but also has a good amount of rubberized asphalt, which I thought was good. * The organization for the race was excellent! EVERY turn was well-marked, and there was a lot of both volunteer presence and LEO presence. This was the first HM I've run for which they'd provided pacing groups, and that was a real plus (it's been about 15 months since my last one, and I was a bit concerned). There were plenty of water/aid stations, and several opportunities for gel supplements throughout the course. The offered inclusion for others to track you in the race via app was good. There was a good amount of contact pre-race via email that was helpful.* I was surprised that there wasn't an "official" FB check-in page setup, given how savvy the organizers were about social media. However, the post-race area was quite good (free beer FTW!), although it might be even better to have a larger number (if possible) of massage stations, and a wider selection of carb-replacements (bagels, etc.) - there were bananas, but little other fruit choice, and cookies/donuts, but.... The only deduction I gave on the atmosphere is not something that the organizers can necessarily control: It would have been even more fun if there'd been more community support along the course. I'm not from Savannah, so I don't know how much effort was put into getting folks out, but having run the Peachtree Road Race (Atlanta) and the Snickers Half (Albany) which both feature huge numbers of supporters along the course, I think that's part of what makes a race really fun.I'd definitely do this race again!!
  • Did the event in 2019

    BDR Savannah AWESOME! Well, my 1st race in Savannah as first time. I did run 5K. Easy and excellent ran in beautiful historic Savannah. All staffs, and supporters, volunteers very friendly as amazing! Of course, police officers did good job. Definitely coming back again next year.

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