Feb. 10, 2016 | By Larissa Allen
How to Run Your Way Through Savannah
To cover the most ground while exploring Savannah and Tybee Island, try running! Runners can make the most of Savannah’s paths, tracks, and events in locations all over the city.
Located in the heart of the Victorian District, Forsyth Park is a hub for tennis and basketball players, hulahoopers, and runners. The perimeter of the park is a paved path that spans exactly one mile – perfect for runners, walkers, and strollers. After your run, grab a fresh-pressed juice from Brighter Day Natural Foods.
This 1.5 mile route is perfect for the seasoned runner. In the center of the running path is Grayson Stadium, the former home of the Savannah Sandgnats. At 80 acres, this park is the perfect spot for a game of soccer or football. Daffin Park has tennis courts, basketball courts, jungle gyms, and most importantly – a dog park! Bring your pooch along for a day of outdoor activities.
Surrounding a beautiful geese-inhabited lake, Lake Mayer’s running path is great for those who love a great waterfront view. Dueling as a place for fishermen, this 1.5 mile route is located in midtown Savannah. Lake Mayer’s path also has a rubber track for those with sensitive joints.
If you’re looking for a more advanced running route, McQueen’s Island Trail is the place for you. This six mile trail has river and wildlife scenery. The trail parallels the Savannah River, and the soft gravel is perfect for both runners and cyclists. Tybee Island is a few miles east of the trail, so after a long run, it’s only a quick dip for a swim in the ocean.
Many times a year, the city of Savannah is taken over by running events. In the spring, runners can stride along Savannah’s bright azaleas and magnolias at the Publix Women’s Half Marathon and 5k. In December, runners can blaze across the Talmadge Bridge at the annual Enmark Savannah Bridge Run. Tybee Island recently had their annual Tybee Critz Run Fest – an event perfect for beach lovers. The next run on Savannah’s list? The Rock N’ Roll Marathon and ½ Marathon in November! This race brings a musical twist to a traditional running event. Click here to register early!
Larissa Allen is Visit Savannah’s social media coordinator. She received her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University. Larissa is a Savannah native, and is addicted to watermelon juice from the Forsyth Farmer’s Market.