The YMCA Critz Tybee Run Fest, a favorite event among locals and visitors alike, continues the longstanding tradition of the Tybee marathon February 2 and 3, 2024!
This is the third year the race is hosted by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia whose youth-centered programming is the beneficiary of the weekend proceeds. The event will retain its format, where “Friday is the taste and Saturday is the test,” consisting of five races, for which runners can register in any combination they like; running all five events adds up to a 26.2-mile full marathon.
This year, the Y is making an extra effort toward keeping Tybee clean by partnering with Hiccup Earth to utilize sterile, reusable cups to replace plastic water cups at aid stations along the course route. The Y is also working with longstanding partner Savannah Distributing to cut down on plastic waste by providing racers with their traditional post-race beer in cans, which are more easily recyclable than plastic cups. Additional recycling bins will be available around the race site, provided by Curbie Sanitation.
Race weekend begins with the Bernie’s Oyster House 5K at 6 p.m. Friday night followed by the Collins Quarter 10K at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, the Chu’s Mart Half-Marathon at 8:30 a.m. and the noon Lighthouse Pizza 2.8-Mile Beach Run, wrapping up with the West Construction Company One-Mile Run at 1 p.m., which will complete the weekend marathon, Friday night will also host a Kiddie Run starting at 5:30 p.m. with one start line for beginning runners and a second start line for intermediate runners. This year, packet pick-up will take place at the race site beginning Friday at 2 p.m. and continue throughout the weekend.
Registration is open at CritzTybeeRun.com. A special Savannah Magazine Saturday VIP experience is available as an add-on to race registration, and includes a private mimosa bar staffed by Johnny Ganem’s, and locally-made treats from Byrd Cookie Company, Le Macaron French Pastries, Savannah Bee Company, The Savannah Cheese Straw Company, and more! Full details are available at the race website.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Sponsorships are available at all levels! Click here for more information on sponsorship levels, or contact Director of Annual Giving Suzanne Duggan or [email protected], or Race Director Shannon Horst at [email protected], for more information.