The annual Race for Preservation returns for its 12th year and Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation, will tell you, “There’s no better way to enjoy this beautiful city than on foot.”

 

Historic Savannah Foundation will host the Race for Preservation at 8 a.m. Feb. 23. The 5K and 10K race will begin and end in Forsyth Park. This signature course spotlights the importance of preservation in our city and will take walkers and runners through five historic neighborhoods: Landmark District, Victorian District, Thomas Square/Midtown, Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent and Parkside. The race is family- and pet-friendly and offers discounted registration fees for military members, first responders and students.

And while the course is stunning, Carey says this year’s race awards are also unique. With the help of Emergent Structures, the group has used reclaimed building materials to make the awards. The materials came from the Mercer Cottage on Burnside Island and a HSF property on West 37th Street that was destroyed by fire in November.

And all race proceeds benefit HSF’s ongoing preservation work — work that Carey says is vital to protecting the future of our historic city.

“Just take a look at what has happened with the Seaboard Freight Station,” he says. “If that bothers you, then you quickly recognize why the Historic Savannah Foundation is so important to our city.”

He explains that with the revolving fund and their mission for advocacy and education in preservation, the group has been able to save more than 370 buildings in Savannah.

“And we are still going.”

And after the race, stay for the post-race celebration featuring plenty of snacks and drinks and fun family activities.