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The Optim Skidaway Island Marathon, Half & 5k  Savannah

When: March 23, 2019

Optim Orthopedics Skidaway Island Marathon and Half
March 23rd, 7:00am Start, 7:30am 5k Start

Savannah has been called, "America's most beautiful city" and Skidaway Island is one of its jewels. This is your opportunity to run where most Savannahians only dream if running. It isn't on your everyday tourist website because this course is hosted in the premiere Island Neighborhood; The Landings Association and The Landings Club. 

Come to Savannah Friday March 22rd and enjoy a community dinner with other runners both local and from around the world. Run Saturday 23rd, at 7am in either the half or full marathon. Enjoy beautiful scenery, a quiet and peaceful course hosted by a local race company. About 70% of our runners will participate in the half and 30% in the full. New for this year is the 5k option. Then enjoy an afternoon in the fabulous Savannah Area. You can tour downtown, hit the beach on Tybee Island or explore the rivers looking for dolphins or fishing. 

The Course:

You will enjoy miles of perfect scenery, amazing marsh and river front views, elegant homes and sneak peaks of the Landings Golf Courses. This is mostly an open course because the traffic is minimal, and you'll likely share the road with a homeowner enjoying their daily golf cart ride. The course is almost entirely paved; generally super flat other than a Savannah hill (one over pass). It is certified by US Track and Field and can be used as a qualifying time. You can expect green grass, flowers and cool breezes off the marsh. The average temperature has been in the high 70s. It is small next to the national races so you won't be fighting an crowds for your free parking. 

THIS RACE INCLUDES - Racejoy  - Run with this app and tell the world how your doing automatically!

Marathon Pricing: 

  • Starting $65
  • November 1st - $75
  • December 1st - $85
  • January 1st - $95
  • February 1st - $105
  • March 1st - $115

Finishers receive a Finisher shirt, Medal, marathon medal, Finisher Orange Mud Towel and free photo downloads of any pictures we take. A dinner ticket can be added to your registration. 

Half Marathon Pricing:

  • Starting $55
  • November 1st - $65
  • December 1st - $70
  • January 1st - $75
  • February 1st - $80
  • March 1st - $85 

Finishers receive a Finisher Medal, half marathon and free photo downloads of any pictures we take. A  dinner ticket can be added to your registration. 

5k Pricing: 7:30am start

Starting $20
December 1st - $25
February 1st - $30
March 1st - $35 

Finishers receive a Finisher Medal, 5k medal and free photo downloads of any pictures we take. A  dinner ticket can be added to your registration. This course is a trail run with medium difficulty. It is something that anyone can do but is not stroller accessible. It is beautiful and lots of fun. 

This race will be limited to 1000 total runners. Estimated 500 Half Marathon and 200 Marathon Passes, max of 300 5k runners. We use a gun start with chip/manual/photo finish line. Using our corral system we have less then 30 seconds between the start of a wave and the last runner to clear the start line making your time extremely accurate. 

Landings Homeowners:

If you live at the Landings or Modena, thank you for having us, please email us for your 25% discount code. Include your Name and Address on the email. 


We will have the course extensively marked so you can't get lost. Every intersection will be maned by volunteers or Police where traffic control is required. There will be plenty of water stations, aid stations, shade, and regular scenic views to give you an excuse to pause. 

Packet Pickup and community dinner March 22nd 2019

10am to 5pm Location Dick's Sporting Goods Mall Blvd Savannah, GA. You are required to pick up you packet but a friend or family member can do it for you.  No race day registration. You can then pickup at 5:30 to 8 at the Lake Mayer. Location 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads Savannah. If you show up at Dicks at 5:00 we will be walking out the door and won't stop for you. Come to Lake Mayer and hang out.

From 5:30 to 8pm we will host a community pasta dinner at the Lake Mayer and pickup starting at 5:30pm to 8pm. This dinner is $5 for runners and $10 for spectators or community members who want to join us. 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads Savannah GA

Other Common Questions:

  • Parking: Free at our start and finish line at the Skidaway Island Ocean Institute. 30 Ocean Science Circle.
  • Pets: Not Allowed
  • Strollers: Allowed but not on 5k
  • Headphones: Allowed but be advised this is an open course, pay attention and stay to the sides of the road
  • Access to the Course: The first 2.5 miles and last 2.5 miles are open to the public. To see the rest of the course you will need a landings resident as this is a gated association. You can catch your runners at Mile 19 (Click here) Merrill Lynch's Square as they cross through about a half mile section that is outside of the neighborhood. 
  • Donations: You can support a dozen different charities including local churches, Skidaway First Responders, rotary, Kiwanis, YMCA and more.
  • This is a certified course and we submit our results to the Boston Athletic Association every year.
  • Timing  is done with a gun start and chip/manual/photo finish.
  • Cancel anytime no questions asked prior to March 1st and defer or transfer until online registration closes.
  • Coming from out of town and can't make packet pickup? Let us know and we will make special race day pickup available for you. This option is limited so please notify us when you register if you need this support.

Time Restriction: 4 Hour Half Marathon, 7 Hour Full Marathon. After 4 hours we will begin escorting walkers who have fallen behind the min pace to the North gate corner so you can finish the last 2.5. This is an 18 min pace for the half and 16 min pace for the full. 5k Runners are limited to 1:15. 

Pacers: 6 for each distance, every 15 mins -  Pacing provided by BEAST PACING

Course Certification: Yes, US Track and Field Certified Course and can be used for qualifications. We submit to Boston. The 5k is not certified.

Cancellation: ERS has a 100% no fear registration policy and we will honor any refund request 100% with no questions asked up until March 1st. Want to transfer your pass? Log in and update the participant information at anytime prior to march 1st. After March 1st we will allow you to transfer your pass to another runner or defer to 2020. 

Elite Division: We will consider elite runners. Submit a bio, photo and your expected finish time for consideration.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Christy

Ready to Run?

Click on the link below to register!



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