Fitz and the Tantrums to Headline Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon

July 18th, 2017
  • Billboard chart toppers to perform at finish line festival at Forsyth Park
  • Annual fall race returns to Savannah the weekend of November 4 – 5, 2017

Indie pop band, Fitz and the Tantrums will headline the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The band will perform for thousands of runners and spectators at the finish line festival in Forsyth Park for the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

“Fitz and the Tantrums will be an epic race day finale and are guaranteed to make ‘your hands clap’,” said Miyoko Beetem, Event Manager. “With a beautiful finish line festival at Forsyth Park and live entertainment from start to finish, Savannah is a race you don’t want to miss. There is still plenty of time to register and start a training program so lace up those running shoes and join us this fall in Savannah.”

Fitz and the Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hitmakers.  Along with their electrifying live shows, the Los Angeles-based sextet are best known for Billboard chart toppers and platinum smashes, “Out of My League,” “The Walker,” and, most recently, “HandClap,” from their latest album, Fitz and the Tantrums.  The band recently released their new single “Fool,” and are set to perform the song on national television, outside in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of this summer’s TODAY Citi Concert Series on July 28.  Fitz and the Tantrums is comprised of Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, James King, Joseph Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks, an avid runner who is also planning to participate in the marathon himself.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah will feature two-days of running with the marathon, half marathon and two-person half marathon relay on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 am and the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K and One Mile run on Sunday, November 5 at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm, respectively. Participants can take the “Remix Challenge” by running any distance Saturday and any distance on Sunday to earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medals.

The marathon, half marathon and two-person half marathon relay will once again start on Bay Street at Bull Street and finish at Forsyth Park. Runners will experience charming town squares, historic buildings and canopies of Spanish moss-covered trees. The 5K and One Mile run will take place at Daffin Park.

In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at Forsyth Park. The concert is free and open to the public.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where runners can find the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. The expo takes place at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Thursday, November 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The expo is free and open to the public.

For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah or to register for the event, please visit


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Photo – Start Line (Credit Ryan Bethke)

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