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Golden Isles, GA

Includes Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island

Along the Georgia seacoast between Savannah and Jacksonville, the city of Brunswick and four barrier islands make up what’s referred to as The Golden Isles.: St. Simon’s, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Island. Cumberland Island is the southernmost of the barrier islands and is only accessible by ferry.

Running in the Golden Isles is a treat. There are wonderful bike paths, some of the best beaches for running on the east coast, and streets shaded by moss-draped oaks and lined with historic homes and resorts.

St. Simons and Jekyll Island are the the two most publicly accessible of the islands. Little St. Simons is only reachable by boat. Sea Island is privately owned, and one must be a member or a guest of one of the two major resorts. Cumberland Island is gorgeous but more remote.  Our approach here is to provide a guide to the best places to run on each island.

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The weather in the Golden Isles is delightful for running. Winters are mild, with average high temperatures in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Spring and fall are just about perfect. Summers are warm to hot and humid, with averages near 90F and lows only dipping into the sultry mid-70s. The area gets a fair bit of rainfall, particularly plentiful in the summer months with thunderstorms. All day rainfall is rare.

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Group Runs. Golden Isles Track Club is a quite active group. Group Runs: Thursday 7pm, Tuesday 7:30am. Schedule.

Golden Isles Race Calendar. Local events, courtesy of the Golden Isles Track Club.