Unfortunately, the 2020 SSOD race has gone virtual as the City of Savannah is not issuing out permits for events.
Making the race virtual is going to provide a problem for out of town runners but for local runners we can remedy this by asking runners to still run their race at the Savannah Stone Stairs of Death and, send me your results with screen shots of your finish results.
The SSOD race is a race that we cannot cancel as this race’s proceeds go entirely to a family in need. Cancer doesn’t rest during a pandemic. So, neither do we.
For out of town runners, we apologize for this scenario and ask that if you cannot make it to Savannah to run the SSOD on your own to please consider deferring your entry to the 2021 race as we are not giving refunds. We’re not giving refunds because we want as much money as possible to go to the Alice Carpenter family.
Please run your SSOD race on your own or, with a group of people! Please try to get folks to sponsor your run.
Submit your run results by no later than 12 pm on October 17, 2020 for your results to be posted.
All finishers will get finisher awards.
Top male and female of the 1 and 2 hour races will be awarded.
If we can get 25 registered runners swag shirts will be purchased for runners.
Finisher medals, top male and female and, swag shirts (if we reach 25 runners) will be mailed to runners.
All proceeds from this event will go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/werun4alice
Please join us in helping out this family.
Thank you so much!
Savannah Stone Stairs of Death Race
Hello SSOD Runners
Local time: 9:04 AM
The Savannah Stone Stairs of Death Race (SSOD race) is a unique challenge. This four year old race is quickly becoming an iconic Savannah favorite. The race has you running up the 33 gnarly, old as dirt steep steps on the western end of River Street in Savannah, Ga. known as the Stone Stairs of Death.
Upon reaching the top of the steps you will continue running a one third mile loop for an hour or two hours. Whoever racks up the most mileage in their registered for time slot wins!
Each mile you run is approximately 100 feet of elevation gain.
Before you sign up you may want to ask yourself “why would I pay to run up these horrific stairs for an hour straight?” Good question!
Here’s answer 1: You get a great shirt!
Answer 2: It's an incredible challenge unlike any other you're likely to come across anywhere else! You will impress yourself with your results after 1 or 2 hours of running up these steps on this short loop! Running these steps are about the best mountain training you'll get at low-elevation Savannah.
Answer 3: Each year, we pick a person and/or family that has been attacked and hit hard by cancer. The money generated from this race is given to the family to help them deal with the financial hardship experienced from their fight with cancer.
The race registration fees are used to cover the race expenses (permits, shirts, awards). The rest of the registration fees goes to the person the race is held in honor of that year. All donations made go entirely to the person the race is in honor of.
We set up a gofundme account as well for the person the race is for. All of the money donated from the gofundme account goes entirely to the person the race is in honor of that year.
The 2020 SSOD race is dedicated to Alice Carpenter. Mrs. Alice Carpenter is in the midst of a fierce fight with breast cancer.
She is currently battling triple negative breast cancer and is receiving treatment.
She has a long road ahead and, will need all of the support she can get.
Race Course Information
The stairs in question for this race are the narrow, high stairs on the western end of River Street in between MLK Jr Blvd and Montgomery st and Williamson St. The SSOD race will require runners to run a third of a mile loop that starts at the top of the stairs on Williamson St. The runners will then run west to MLK Jr and turn right and then quickly head east on River St where they will then dart back in between the buildings where the stairs are. They will repeat this ⅓ of a mile course for the duration of one hour.
The top male and female of each timed distance will be awarded. Every runner that finishes their registered time slot will get a finisher's award..
Runners will always run up the stairs and never down. Also, slower runners are expected to use the right hand set of stairs leaving the left hand set of stairs to the faster runners. For safety reasons this will be strictly enforced.
All Rough Runners events are cup free. You must bring your own water bottle.