Fri July 24 - Sat July 25 Savannah, NY 13146 US Directions

Half Marathon - Friday July 24-5:30pm

07/24 8:30AM EDT - 12:01PM EDT

Half Marathon - Sat July 25 -7:15am

07/24 7:00AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT

Half Marathon - Sat July 25-7:30am

07/25 7:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

Half Marathon - Sat July 25-8:00am

07/25 8:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT

Half Marathon - Sat July 25-8:30am

07/25 8:30AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

10K - Friday July 24-6:00pm

07/24 6:00PM EDT - 8:00PM EDT

10K - Sat July 25-8:45 am

07/25 8:45AM EDT - 10:45AM EDT

5K - Friday July 24-6:00 pm

07/24 6:00AM EDT - 7:30AM EDT
1770 NY-89
Savannah, NY US 13146


July 24/25, 2020 | Various Times (Waves of 50 or fewer per wave)

The races will go on! The Montezuma Festival of Races is not canceled due to Coronavirus. We're taking extra precautions to make sure that our runners, volunteers, and directors stay safe so that everyone can enjoy the healthy benefits of running. Read more about COVID-19 precautions in our COVID Checklist section below.

Nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, the tiny town of Savannah — home to a population of just over 1,700 year-round residents — is set to play host to the Montezuma Festival of Races on the evening of Friday, July 24 as well as the morning of Saturday, July 25, 2020. This series of races will take 5K, 10K and half marathon runners along country roads in low population density areas full of scenic views of rural Central New York.

The race will benefit the important work and efforts of the Savannah Fire Department, the host of this year's Montezuma Festival of Races. 


Savannah, NY typically sees its warmest weather of the year in July. We're prepared with plenty of hydration stations, sprinklers on course, as well as medical professionals on site. It is recommended that runners also be prepared with hydration belts and plenty of fluids. Thank you for your cooperation!



START/FINISH LINE: Savannah FD (Rt 89 about 1 mile south of the Montezuma Audubon Center)
RACE RECORDS: Richard Powell (M) 1:17:07 (2016), Jessie Evans (F) 1:30:02 (2018)
THE COURSE: We will not be running Howland Island this year. The half marathon course is entirely on paved roads and has only 263 ft of elevation gain. 


10K (6.2 MILES) - NEW COURSE FOR 2020

START/FINISH LINE: Savannah FD (Rt 89 about 1 mile south of the Montezuma Audubon Center)
RACE RECORDS: Jasper Suhr (M) 39:32, Karyl Sargent (F) 43:11
THE COURSE: The 10K COURSE will take place entirely on country roads in Savannah, NY. The 10K runners will foll

ow the Half Marathon runners for the first 1.2 miles on Savannah Spring Lake Rd then will turn left onto Bixby Woods Rd to Mead Rd to Carncross Rd to No. 39 Rd to Savannah Spring Lake Rd to finish.


5K (3.1 MILES) - NEW COURSE FOR 2020

START/FINISH LINE: Savannah FD (Rt 89 about 1 mile south of the Montezuma Audubon Center)
RACE RECORDS: Michael Dee (M) 17:38 (2018), Elizabeth Armitage (F) 23:10 (2018)
THE COURSE: The 5K course will take place entirely on country roads in Savannah, NY. The 2020 5K road course will be a down and back with a turn around at half way point (cone).



The Montezuma Festival of Races is a fun, swag-filled day of running, giveaways, awards, and free post-race food & drink. Get in on the experience!

Included with every registration:

  • Custom Men's & Women's Fit Tanks
  • Willow Running Buff (face covering)
  • Custom Willow Running socks (first 50 Half Marathon registrants only!)
  • Official Montezuma Race bib (to be worn on the front)
  • Custom 2020 Finisher Medal
  • Free Parking

COVID-Friendly Race Day Measures

  • FACE COVERINGS Participants are asked to please bring/wear their own face coverings for packet pickup, but custom Willow Running Buffs (face covering) will also be provided in swag bags for your convenience.
  • STREAMLINED START LINES Choose your distance and wave time for a safe, socially distant racing experience.
  • CONTACTLESS WATER STOPS All 6 hydration stations will be self-serve to prevent unnecessary contact. We can pour your drinks, we just can't hand them to you!
  • POST RACE TO GO Post race food/drink will be provided to go to limit unnecessary contact
  • Clean PortaJohns at start/finish & along the course
  • Professional Medical Support



Friday, July 24, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Savannah Fire Dept
1770 NY-89
Savannah, NY 13146

Saturday, July 25, 2020 (25 minutes prior to your Race Time Slot) 
Savannah Fire Dept
1770 NY-89
Savannah, NY 13146


Before you come to the event...

  • Know the start day/time that you transferred yourself into
  • Leave ample time to pick up bib & swag before your start (and put it in your car)
  • Bring your own hydration liquids and sanitizing wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Try to use a bathroom facility before you arrive
  • Please bring a face covering to wear

What to do when you get to the site…

  • Arrive at least 30-45 minutes before the start time you signed up for
  • Park in the designated area. There will be attendants directing you. There will be porta johns near the parking area that you can use if you need to.
  • Wait at your car until 25 minutes prior to your start time. Please stretch and hydrate at your car.
  • 25 minutes before your start make your way to the PPU area adjacent to the parking area

At the Packet Pick Up area…

  • Please wear a face covering
  • Get to PPU area not sooner than 25 min. prior to your start time.
  • You will get a Willow Running buff (face covering), your BIB (do not forget to grab some pins) and your swag.
  • After you have your swag, drop it off at your car and pin on your bib (on the front)

At the start line…

  • Make your way to the start line just before the start time. Please wear a face covering and social distance until the race begins.
  • Once you start running and are apart from other runners you can remove your face covering

During the race…

  • There will be a minimum of 6 hydration stations with drinks poured. (see course map for locations). We ask that you help yourself to a cup (we cannot hand them to you). Garbage cans will be placed shortly after the stops. There will also be some sprinklers on the course.
  • It is going to be hot- we suggest wearing a hydration belt or carrying water with you.
  • There are two porta johns on the course (see course map for locations).
  • If you are walking, please maintain a 6’ social distance with any other walkers or wear a face covering.

At the finish line...

  • Yay! you finished
  • Get your finisher medal!
  • Near the finish there will be water, Monster hydration drinks, pizza, and beer.
  • Please maintain a social distance
  • Unfortunately, we must ask that you do not hang out post-race. The next wave of runners will be arriving behind you. Teamwork makes the dream work!

The Montezuma Festival of Races is part of the Willow Running Get Fit 52.4 Half Marathon Series , which offers discounted registration, custom swag, and VIP status to runners who participate in 4 (or more!) Willow Running Half Marathon events during the year. To register, visit the Willow Health & Wellness Website.

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