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, alligators, horse flies, angry fiddler crabs and an occasional 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 Location: Savannah Ogeechee Canal, 681 Fort Argyle Rd, Savannah, GA 31419
Trail Conditions: This trail is a mixture single track, narrow (at times slick) boardwalks. All finishers will receive a drink glass to add to their Rough Runners Drinking Glass collection.
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.
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.