Whether you’re a die-hard runner, a longtime enthusiast, or an aspiring beginner, March makes the short list of great times of year to rock your running shoes in Savannah, wouldn’t you agree?  Balmy breezes hint at the upcoming season. Savannah’s tons of running routes and courses start delivering on the springtime promise of nature’s beauty on display. And there’s a host of annual running events that offer a chance to enjoy the sport and the views, and in many cases to run for a cause.

Here are some of the runs and races to choose from:

It’s part of a 5K nationwide race series to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer prevention and it specifically supports colon cancer programs at Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital. The run is along Reynolds Street in Midtown, which boasts beautiful flora-filled areas. Compete for fundraising and race awards. Kids can do a Fun Run for FREE. 

The oh-so-beautiful Daffin Park is the setting for the Savannah Care Center 5K; there is also an option to walk the park’s 2-mile path. Either way, the stands of mossy live oaks and the copses of spring-blooming plants and trees that carpet the 80-acre green space are a feast for your eyes—a sensory buffet that makes the distance go quickly and further rewards your run.

Here’s your chance to kick off St. Patrick’s Day festivities, support the March of Dimes and soak in the sublime scenery of Savannah’s squares all in one fell swoop. Do either a fitness walk or a 5K run around Forsyth Park and past six of the historic squares. Strollers are welcomed as are canine family members (on a leash). Creative green getups are also welcomed and encouraged. 

Dress up in costume if you like, run or walk a midday 5K, and then make merry at a 3-hour Craft Brew Festival. This is a 21+ event that’s held on Hutchinson Island which is pretty in and of itself, plus it overlooks the river and historic downtown. After the race, drop by the festival for a bite to eat, live music, and sampling of local brews (the festival features unlimited sampling). 

Grown-ups and kids can get a move on the morning of March 12 as they join the Herd on the Hutchinson Island race track for a 5K race and a 1-mile Fun Run benefiting the youth ministry Young Life Savannah. It’s a fun family affair with finish-line food from Chick-fil-A.  It’s also a chance for folks to show they are not too “chiken” to dress up like a cow from head to hoof. 

Join the early birds who run on St. Patrick’s Day before the parade. They meet at Fleet Feet at 6:30am and run along as many parts of the parade route as they can; about 7 miles give or take. It’s a pressure-free Fun Run with one caveat: you must greet everyone you see with a “Top ó the Mornin’” albeit given the hour it’s acknowledged you may be stifling a yawn as you do.  

Run organizers say, “Come Clean and leave Green.” That’s because you’ll be pelted with green (and blue) powder as you run a Kolor 5K on the lovely Savannah Christian Prep School campus. There’s also a timed “clean” 5K. Then the powder comes out for the kid’s half-mile run. Wear your best kilt for the costume contest. Proceeds go to Lowcountry Downs Syndrome Society. 

Walk, run or stroll the Red Shoes 5K along tree-laden and foliage-rich Reuben Clark Drive. No need to sport red running shoes (you can if you like). Ronald McDonald will have him on as he makes a guest appearance; proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. All runners get a delightful pair of red and white striped socks. And there’s a family-friendly post-race party. 

Up for a marathon? Run the open course on Skidaway Island and be reminded of what it’s like to leave the rest of the world behind. Wind through marshlands and catch photogenic vistas. Go past tidal creeks, manicured golf courses and elegant homes. Let the coastal breezes caress you, and be ready to share the road with a golf cart or two. The run benefits several local charities.

The websites of Fleet Feet Savannah and Savannah Races are among the informative resources on running events in Savannah. So, keep an eye out there as well as in the Live Love Savannah blog for what’s coming up in the future. Have fun as you run, and if you happen to spot a community or home where you’d love to live, let us know. We can help you make it your next place to call home.

 Photo credits: beerandbrewing.com