Memorial Park on Tybee’s 15th Street
Runners start the half marathon — like the other races in the event, which includes a kiddie run and a 5K on Friday, followed by the half marathon, 10K, 2.8-mile and 1-mile race on Saturday — near Memorial Park on Tybee’s 15th Street, just off Butler Street. From there, the route takes runners to both ends of the 21-square-mile island and passes by sights such as Jaycee Park and the historic Tybee Island Light Station, one of handful of 18th-century-era lighthouses still in operation in the United States.
When the event moved to Tybee Island in 1995, it became the Tybee Maritime Marathon (later becoming the Memorial Health Tybee Marathon) which included a marathon, half marathon, and 5K. All races were USATF certified courses and the marathon was a Boston qualifier during the years it was held. The full marathon was dropped in 2009 and the event then featured a half marathon and 5K. In early 2009 the title sponsor at the time backed out of the event on short notice and the event was supposed to be cancelled. When Dale Critz Jr., an avid runner and prominent Savannah community figure, found out about the cancellation, he contacted Robert Espinoza, owner of Fleet Feet Sports Savannah, and the two men quickly jumped onboard for assuring the occurrence of the 2009 event. The Critz Tybee Run was then born.
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