Savannah Stone Stairs of Death Race

#WERUN4ALICE Gofundme account: WERUN4ALICE


Hello SSOD Runners

The Savannah Stone Stairs of Death Race (SSOD race) is a unique challenge.  This four year old race is quickly becoming an iconic Savannah favorite.  The race has you running up the 33 gnarly, old as dirt steep steps on the western end of River Street in Savannah, Ga. known as the Stone Stairs of Death.   

Upon reaching the top of the steps you will continue running a one third mile loop for an hour  or two hours.  Whoever racks up the most mileage in their registered for time slot wins!

Each mile you run is approximately 100 feet of elevation gain.

Before you sign up you may want to ask yourself “why would I pay to run up these horrific stairs for an hour straight?”  Good question!

Here’s answer 1: You get a great shirt!

Answer 2: It’s an incredible challenge unlike any other you’re likely to come across anywhere else! You will impress yourself with your results after 1 or 2 hours of running up these steps on this short loop! Running these steps are about the best mountain training you’ll get at  low-elevation Savannah.

Answer 3: Each year, we pick a person and/or family that has been attacked and hit hard by cancer.  The money generated from this race is given to the family to help them deal with the financial hardship experienced from their fight with cancer.  

The race registration fees are used to cover the race expenses (permits, shirts, awards).  The rest of the registration fees goes to the person the race is held in honor of that year.  All donations made go entirely to the person the race is in honor of. 

We set up a gofundme account as well for the person the race is for.  All of the money donated from the gofundme account goes entirely to the person the race is in honor of that year.  

The 2020 SSOD race is dedicated to Alice Carpenter.  Mrs.  Alice Carpenter is in the midst of a fierce fight with breast cancer.
She is currently battling triple negative breast cancer and is receiving treatment.
She has a long road ahead and, will need all of the support she can get.

Here is Alice’s bio…

Alice grew up on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where her parents were teachers at an American school. She came to college in the U.S. and became an English and Spanish teacher.

The summer after college she met her husband, Eric, to whom she has been married for 29 years.  During this time, they have seen two of their children fight cancer and become survivors. Their son, Bobby, now 21, had Lymphoma when he was 8 years old, and their daughter Mary, now 23, had thyroid cancer 2.5 years ago. They are both cancer free now. Their oldest daughter, Caroline, and son-in-law Shane have two beautiful little girls.

Alice and Eric both love living in Savannah and being able to walk, run, go to the beach, and enjoy the history and culture here. She has been teaching for 31 years, first in western New York, then Effingham County, and now in Savannah.

Currently she teaches college dual-enrollment courses to high school seniors, and enjoys being able to see them grow, learn, and develop into excellent young adults.

Alice loves running, although she calls herself a “turtle,” and has run many 5Ks, 10Ks, a 10-miler, and three Half-Marathons.

In January of this year, she was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and began to fight! She continued to teach until the end of the semester, being encouraged by her students as she began chemotherapy. After chemo she will have surgery and then radiation. The battle is really more like a marathon or an ultra-run than a 5K, so mental perseverance is a must.

She is determined to live each day fully, continuing to smile and enjoy life while loving her friends and family every day. She will fight this and beat it!

We encourage the registered runners to approach their family and friends in help raising funds for the person the race is held in honor of.  One easy way of doing this is to have folks sponsor runners.  Ask family and friends to donate to you for every mile you run.

Here is a sponsor sheet download link to use for seeking donations

Here’s a link to download a sponsor sheet: survivorsponsorsheet

Race Course Information

The stairs in question for this race are the narrow, high stairs on the western end of River Street in between MLK Jr Blvd and Montgomery st and Williamson St.  The SSOD race will require runners to run a third of a mile loop that starts at the top of the stairs on Williamson St.  The runners will then run west to MLK Jr and turn right and then quickly head east on River St where they will then dart back in between the buildings where the stairs are.  They will repeat this ⅓ of a mile course for the duration of one hour.

The top male and female of each timed distance will be awarded.  Every runner that finishes their registered time slot will get a finisher’s award..

Runners will always run up the stairs and never down.  Also, slower runners are expected to use the right hand set of stairs leaving the left hand set of stairs to the faster runners.  For safety reasons this will be strictly enforced.

All Rough Runners events are cup free. You must bring your own water bottle.

The Rough Runners SSOD race is not affiliated with the infamous Facebook page, Stone Stairs of Death Savannah, but we are fans of it!  Go like their page! It’s great!