|Pretty view waiting on the return ferry|
This is a picture of River Street. I love the look of this place! We went into River Street Sweets and picked up some goodies for our friends back home, and I got a stick of chocolate covered marshmallows. Chocolate covered marshmallows are my favorite treat to get at places like these, especially when there are sprinkles involved! For dinner we were afraid everything would be packed with all the runners in town. We walked to Vinny Van Go Go's Pizza which is supposedly a little-known, really yummy pizza place. Well, I was not so impressed. It's definitely a dive and I felt kind of gross after eating there. We had to sit outside, the service stunk, the pizza was nothing exceptional, and they only take cash! I don't recommend it if you ever go to Savannah! But anyway...
|My race shirt and bib. No name on my bib :(|
So we went back to the hotel and I settled in for a very nervous night. I was so afraid I'd oversleep.. but I woke up about 6am to the sound of thudding music! At first I was mad and thought my neighbors were rocking out, but it turns out the race coordinators were blasting music right outside my window! I knew we were within walking distance of the start line, but I had no idea that it was literally right outside my window! This let me have lots of time to get ready in my warm room, and I only had to spend a little bit of time out in the cold waiting on the race to start.
|The start line!|
The actual race start took a long time! This was the longest I've ever waited to start a race. I think I must have stood in line at least 30 minutes after race start before we got to cross the start line. As I mentioned before, there were over 23,000 runners and I was in corral 23. Everyone was very friendly though! My running group had several people come up to compliment us on our race shirts that we had made, as well as ask us about our training program.
So this was the view after a mile or two in. Look how many runners there are! Even with the sheer volume of people, I didn't have any problems with crowds. The corrals worked great in spreading people out. There was enough water and Gu to go around for everyone, and crowd support throughout the race was amazing. There were bands at every mile.. some better than others of course! There were also cheerleaders out on the course. The route did not go through the scenic parts of Savannah but went through some lower-income neighborhoods. I have to say I was impressed with all of the people who came out to watch us and cheer us on though. The residents were so friendly and you could tell they were happy to have us in Savannah.
|Happy for it to be over!|