Savannah Sultry Swamp Run


The SSSR is exactly what you would expect on coastal Georgia at the end of July, -sultry!
The air is so thick with moisture you can cut it with a knife and wear it like a shawl, a long heavy, soggy shawl.

So, if you’re looking for a sweltering good time then, look no further than this particular race! It’s morbidly sultry!
This run represents the heart of the South in the middle of the summer! You’ll get no relief from the heat and humidity on this run…we guarantee it!

Add in some snakes, horse flies, angry fiddler crabs and an occassional ragged, rabid looking raccoon and we’re talking a hot to trot run!

So, come on down for a discomforting good time! Pick yer poison between the following: 5k, 10k, 20k. If you want my advice, pick the 20k, you’ll get more muggy bang for your buck!

Race Date: July 25, 2020
Race Location: Savannah Ogeechee Canal, 681 Fort Argyle Rd, Savannah, GA 31419
Race time: 7:30 am: 20k, 8:00 am: 10k, 8:30: 5k

Due to Covid19 concerns we have implemented measures to keep folks as safe as we can.

Race capped at 75 runners.  The breakdown will be 25 runners per distance.  Each race will start 30 minutes apart from another.

Instead of water coolers, we will have plastic water bottles available to runners. Water bottles will be handed out to runners by volunteers wearing gloves.   We will not provide electrolyte replenishment during the race.  So, we encourage you to bring your own electrolyte fluids.  At packet pickup we will provide baggies containing Hammer Nutrition Fizz for your race.  One tablet to 20 ounces of water does the trick. 

The Aid station will have volunteers wearing masks and gloves.  They will have cut watermelon and bananas to hand out.  We’ll also have small chip bags for the runners.  Do not reach for the food. It will be handed to you by a volunteer.  Please do not crowd the Aid station.  Lets all adhere to adequate spacing to minimize risk of spreading our cooties.  Lets make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable. 

This goes without saying but, if you are ill please don’t show up.  If your immune system is compromised please stay home.

Trail Conditions: This trail is a mixture single track, narrow (at times slick) boardwalks, utility road.  As any coastal trail, there rooty and sandy sections.   

All finishers get beer pint glasses.
The awards ceremony will be held 11:00.

Due to Covid 19 concerns, we will provide bottled water.  All Rough Runners events are cup free. You must bring your own water bottle.


Running and Training in Heat

All shenanigans aside, running in Savannah heat is nothing to take lightly regardless of whether you are running the 5k or 20k. Running in the lowcountry in summer can be downright dangerous if you do not take some precautions. You need not only to stay hydrated but also maintain proper H2O to sodium levels. If you do not drink enough water you will come crashing down…you may even suffer heat stroke. You drink too much water you may risk diluting your sodium levels dangerously low which could also lead to hyponatremia which could possibly be fatal. I don’t want to unnecessarily raise alarms but it gets bloody hot down here in the South! There is also the problem with overheating even if you are hydrating well.

Once thing to consider for running this race and/or training during the summer is a Cool Off Bandana. Zombie Runner sells them but they are pricey, if ask me. They cost $20.95 and shipping is like another $10. I bought one, though, as I struggle in heat training and, this thing works great!


There are three tick species in Georgia: lone star tick, American dog tick and black-legged tick. The black-legged tick is the one known in Georgia to carry Lyme disease. Lyme disease is not very common along coastal Georgia (as it is in northern Georgia) but it is here.

The key is to check yourself immediately after the race to see if any ticks have clung onto you. Most of the time, if you check yourself immediately after a run through the woods you will be able to easily pick them off of you before they bite into you.