Young Pop Musician Abbey Elmore Performs Free

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, puts local singer-songwriters in the spotlight during its weekly Sundays Unplugged program, providing casual and cultural entertainment every Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Art galleries and the history museum are open with free admission while musicians perform in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting, 2-4 p.m. Genres and musicians vary from week to week, and Sunday, July 26, young pop artist Abbey Elmore will perform.
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A Gaffney resident and lead of The Abbey Elmore Band, which formed in July of 2012, Elmore writes songs about love and angst. Her style is a blend of acoustic and rock sounds with pop elements. Guitarist and vocalist Elmore will be joined this Sunday by the band’s drummer Tyler Tullis, who will play the cajón, a box-like percussion instrument from Peru that is played by slapping the front and back sides. Other members of the band include Donnie Elmore and Nick Wells. The Abbey Elmore Band released a music video for “Us Undaunted” early in 2015, available for viewing on YouTube. Elmore’s influences include Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Taylor Swift, A Great Big World, Arcade Fire, and Imagine Dragons.AbbeyElmore1
 
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will complement the concert with free admission. Spartanburg Science Center will be open for a small fee.
 
For more information on Sundays Unplugged programming at Chapman Cultural Center, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach

Events scheduled for Plyler Park and the Boardwalk District Through September 1

All Hot Summer Nights 2015 events are sponsored by:  the Oceanfront Merchants Association, the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach.

Kidz Carnival…  The Kidz Carnival, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Monday, is the perfect time to enjoy live performances, inflatables, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and caricature artists in Plyler Park.  The kids will love it!

LIVE Music in Plyler Park… Join us in Plyler Park for the “Board Rocking Concert Series,” every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m.!  The free, live music will feature a vast range of genres that include local, rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B, funk and more.fireworks

Fireworks from the Second Avenue Pier…  Please join us for the big fireworks show every Wednesday night at 10:00 p.m.  The display occurs on the Second Avenue Pier and is visible from the beach and boardwalk throughout the downtown area.

 Local Talent Showcase…  Local and regional entertainers will showcase their talents each Wednesday from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. in Plyler Park.  Entertainers will include high school marching bands, dance companies, local singers and more.  Come enjoy the show!

LIVE Music at 9th Avenue Stage…  Every Wednesday, the Ninth Avenue North Stage will host free, live music from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The evening will feature a vast range of music genres, including local rock, country, jazz, pop, reggae, R&B and funk bands.

Battle of the Bands…  Local, regional and national bands will battle it out on the Pavilion stage for cash prizes and so much more, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on six consecutive Fridays this summer!  The competition will host five bands each night, with a total of 30 high quality touring bands.  Here are the Battle of the Bands competition dates:  July 17, 24 and 31, and August 7.  The final showdown will be held October 10 through 11 during the Oktoberfest celebration!

Boardwalk’s Got Talent in Plyler Park…  Local and regional performers of all ages will compete for a $1,000 prize package from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on select Fridays in June and August.  This will offer a variety show for all ages to enjoy, with the big finale on Friday, September 4.  Here are the “Boardwalk’s Got Talent” show dates…  June 26, and August 14, 21 and 28.

Sunday Celebrations in Plyler Park…  Local and regional artists will perform a variety of music genres for everyone to enjoy on select Sundays in August.  Come enjoy the music from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Myrtle Beach Amateur Golf Events Announced

Registration is underway for this year’s Mayor’s Cup Men’s Amateur Golf Championship!  We’ll find out who’s the best male golfer on the Grand Strand when the gentlemen compete, July 24 through 26, at Whispering Pines Golf Course.  The tournament is open to all male golfers, 18 and up, with several age divisions.  City residency is not required.  Visit Whispering Pines Golf Course on Harrelson Boulevard or call 843-918-2305 for more information.  The participation fee is $175 per player.  The best individual score will determine the winner!

Registration is underway for this year’s Mayor’s Cup Women’s Amateur Golf Championship!  We’ll find out who’s the best female golfer on the Grand Strand when the ladies compete, July 31 through August 2, at Whispering Pines Golf Course.  The tournament is open to all female golfers, 18 and up, with several age divisions.  City residency is notrequired.  Visit Whispering Pines Golf Course on Harrelson Boulevard or call 843-918-2305 for more information.  The participation fee is $175 per player.  The best individual score will determine the winner!

Join the Myrtle Beach Fire Department in honoring Rhonda Brown in a charity golf tournament.  Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at River Oaks Golf Course.  Registration is limited to the first 32 teams.  A team of four is $240.00; singles are just $60.00.  Entry includes green fees, cart, gift bags, lunch and refreshments.  For details, contact Lt. Sliker at 843-918-1221.  The charity golf tournament is held in memory of Rhonda Brown, a long-time administrative staff member of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, who lost her battle with cancer.

 

Brookgreen Gardens Presents Cool Summer Evenings

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays  through August 7. Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings, there are special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission.  Here is the entertainment schedule for the week of July 22-24.

7 p.m. Wednesday July 22 – Prettier Than Matt (Folk, Pop) their sound is a lively Rock/Folk/Pop blend.

Thursday, July 23– Family Night

5:00 p.m. Evening Bed Check with the Animals – Join Zoo staff and volunteers for an end-of-day special tour of the zoo. Some of the animals may even get one final treat for the day!

6:00 p.m. Story Time in the “Enchanted Storybook Forest” – Each week, storyteller Donna Catton-Johnson brings classic and some new stories to enchant our young audiences.

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.  A Pirate’s Journey Along The Creeks – Come aboard our pontoon boat and journey back in time to the exciting days when colorful pirates traveled through our Carolina waterways. The pirate boat ride is Thursday evenings only. (Tickets required – $8 adults, $4 children. Same day purchase only at Wall Lowcountry Center)

7 p.m. Friday, July 24 – Barefoot Movement (Bluegrass) all the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect music that offers something for everyone.

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Food service is available all three evenings. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 7 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. (additional fee applies). Special Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evenings only.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site atwww.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

NOURISH Announces an Exhibition of New Works on Paper by Jennifer Helen Meanley at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg

Mental Fitness is proud to announce an exhibition of new works on paper by Greensboro, North Carolina-based artist Jennifer Helen Meanley at our NOURISH arts space in Spartanburg.
 
Meditative Acts will open to the public Thursday, July 16 from 5-8 pm in conjunction with the Spartanburg Art Walk at the Chapman Cultural Center. This exhibition marks the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions to take place at NOURISH, curated by Jenny Bonner, NOURISH Program Director.
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Meanley is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds an MFA from Indiana University, a BFA from the University of New Hampshire, and a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Recent exhibitions include Waters Upon the Earth at Beaux-Arts des Amériques in Montreal, Canada and Far Away, The Meadow, at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston- Salem, NC (Curated by Steven Matijicio.)
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Stemming from narrative accounts composed over a series of days, Meanley’s text-based collages evade classification as story or poem, presenting us with a visual compilation of words and their fragments. Revisiting and reassembling her own private writings, through omission, repetition, and visual spacing, the product of repeated sessions of free-writing is transformed into a conglomerate of ideas, meanings, and sounds. The result is a striking portrait of the busyness and constant shifting of our own meditations, and an enchanting look at the mind of Meanley herself.
 
Meditative Acts will be on view at NOURISH in the Chapman Cultural Center July 16-Aug. 14, 2015, with free admission. Gallery hours are MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
About Mental Fitness
Mental Fitness Inc. (“MFI”) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to shape resilience in youth by facilitating educational and interactive programs in order to prevent mental illness and emotional distress. For almost a decade, we have collaborated with researchers in developmental psychology, epidemiology, public health and medicine to bring together (and create new) arts-based programs that improve the seven protective categories of mental fitness: self-esteem and social-emotional skills, media literacy, mindfulness, body image, stressmanagement, nourishing body & mind and community connections.
 
MFI has designed and implemented evidence-based arts and media programs that have shown to increase confidence in managing mental illness in the school setting, and have effectively informed students and families from all socio-economic backgrounds about the shared risk and protective factors that underlie mental illness, eating disorders, addictions and obesity.
 
Since inception in 2006, our programs live and online programs have reached at least 700,000 individuals worldwide. Of those, we estimate that a minimum of 2,500 individuals have sought treatment for eating disorders, addictions or other serious mental health complications. MFI’s live programs, films, seminars and Mental Fitness Inc.
 
About NOURISH, A Program of Mental Fitness
In 2014, Mental Fitness moved its headquarters to Spartanburg, SC at the NOURISH space in the Chapman Cultural Center. NOURISH is a program of Mental Fitness and is where we house our offices, hold some of our workshops, research projects and build community partnerships in Spartanburg. Jenny Bonner was recently appointed as Program Director for NOURISH, after her tenure as one of the 2015 HUB-BUB Artists-in- Residence (AiR). More information about NOURISH is available at NOURISHSpartanburg.com.
 
About Chapman Cultural Center
Chapman Cultural Center, owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, is a world-class destination where the people of Spartanburg County and its visitors come together to discover, experience, and celebrate the performing and visual arts, science and history. The 86,000-square foot, three-building facility held its grand opening on October 3, 2007, after an extensive fundraising campaign.
 
Chapman Cultural Center’s 476-seat theater is home to The Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg Youth Theatre, and Ballet Spartanburg, as well host to many local and traveling performances. Founded in 1946, Little Theatre presents a live stage production every month during the regular September-May season, including shows by Spartanburg Youth Theatre, the second oldest youth theatre in the state. Ballet Spartanburg, founded in 1966, is recognized as a regional dance company with an exceptional commitment to education and outreach activities throughout the Upstate.
 
Chapman Cultural Center also houses three museums. Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) is a regional museum supporting educational programming and diverse exhibitions from international, national and regional artists. Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, the longest established guild in South Carolina, supports a gallery in the Moseley Building. Spartanburg Regional History Museum and Spartanburg Science Center have hands-on exhibits, developed in accordance with the South Carolina Academic Standards in Social Studies and Science that attract individuals of all ages. Other “partner” agencies associated with Chapman Cultural Center are The Music Foundation of Spartanburg, The Spartanburg Repertory Company, and Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in both Chesnee and Landrum.
 
The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, also located in Chapman Cultural Center, provides the major funding for, as well as education through, many of Spartanburg’s arts and cultural organizations. The Arts Partnership’s education programs serve more than 40,000 public and private school students throughout Spartanburg County, with residencies by professional artists in the disciplines of music, dance, visual arts, literature, media, theatre and crafts.
 
Programs at Chapman Cultural Center are funded in part by the City and County of Spartanburg; the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts; and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

 

Tidewater Golf Club is Better Than Ever as it Celebrates 25th Birthday

Long one of the Myrtle Beach area’s best and most acclaimed layouts, Tidewater Golf Club, which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, has never been better. Tidewater-12-13-Ocean

A top 100-caliber public course, Tidewater underwent an extensive renovation project in 2014 – installing new miniverde greens and expanding every fairway, among other upgrades – and the results have been spectacular.

The course’s new greens are in ideal condition less than nine months after installation, leaving golfers raving about the “new” Tidewater.

“The course is set in a beautiful estate that borders the coastal waterways. We were warmly greeted by the staff and the starter was a pleasure to chat with … The course was in great shape,” a Trip Advisor reviewer from the UK, who gave the course 5 stars, wrote.

“The course was in AMAZING shape! Affordable and one of the best layouts in MB area. I will play there every time I come to the Beach,” another 5-star Trip Advisor reviewer wrote.

The gushing reviews don’t come as a surprise given the success of the renovation and the quality and beauty of the layout. Tidewater has eight holes that play along the marshy waters of the Intracoastal Waterway or Cherry Grove.

One could make a compelling argument that individually holes 3, 4, 12 or 13 is the Myrtle Beach area’s prettiest. Three and 12 are par 3s that play parallel to each other, with each bringing the stunning waters of Cherry Grove into play.

The fourth hole is a dazzling par 4 with a gentle dogleg left that requires a dramatic approach over cavernous bunkers with Cherry Grove lurking in the background. The 13th, a par 5, is Tidewater signature hole. Cherry Grove comes into play from tee to green and golfers enjoy a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean from an undulating green.

Tidewater’s inland holes offer enjoyable variety, anchored by a mixture of long and short par 4s.

The combination of the property’s native beauty and the course’s architectural quality have long made Tidewater a favorite.

Upon its 1990 opening, Tidewater was the first course ever named best new course in America by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine and both publications have also ranked the layout among the nation’s top 100 public courses.

Twenty-five years later, Tidewater Golf Club is better than it has ever been.

For more information, visit www.TidewaterGolf.com.

Pot Boiler, the Perfect Summer Exhibition at Spartanburg Art Museum

Pot Boiler is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. This varied and playful exhibition includes a collection of images and objects that range from surreal photographs of toys to large installations to performance-based work that activates viewer participation. What appears to be an almost childlike innocence in imagery and objects has metaphorical undertones that resonate in our personal and collective imaginations.dinosaur toy low res

“This is the perfect summer exhibition,” says Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director. “This exhibition is more about enjoying the playful nature of art and less about trying to decipher intricate concepts or abstract notions.  This is not to say this work is less serious than previous exhibitions, but as a whole Pot Boiler’s references to childhood imagery and the fanciful combinations of materials and colors within the sculptures and installations offer viewers moments of pure aesthetic amusement and joy.”  Participating artists include: Daniel Perry, Dylan Collins, Jonathan McFadden, Linda Wilson, PJ Mills, Tommy Taylor, Angela Carbone, David Bogus and Charmaine Ortiz.Monster  low res

There are several thematic threads that run through Pot Boiler. The first is the depiction of objects from childhood from the paintings of PJ Mills to the surreal tin-type photographs of toys created by Linda Wilson to the cartoon figures in Tommy Taylor’s mixed media pieces. These iconic references are immediately recognizable, although each artist’s approach is varied from highlighting a single object to the juxtaposition of several objects to create personal and collective narratives. The second thread seems to be a faint hint at nostalgia for everything simple; from the simpler non-electronic toys, to our intuitive response to the graphite sticks in the Alcove Gallery and our desire to express ourselves, to the unexpected use of everyday materials in McFadden’s large “Semi-Submersible” piece.Wilson Zebra low res

This notion of unfettered and uncomplicated permeates even the more visually complex works. The wonderful sculptures and drawings of Dylan Collins are fascinating hybrid works that combine human, animal and mechanical components. The sculptures of Daniel Perry combine unusual materials and forms that are humorous and unexpected. Within his work things appear to balance with an air of mystery, like visual riddles that beckon individual resolve.

One of the marketing strategies for Pot Boiler includes the deployment of over 50 toys downtown. At the beginning of July, over 50 small toys will be placed within walking distance of SAM; each toy includes a tag with exhibition information on it.  Children and adults alike can keep an eye out for these toys and bring them into the museum during the Pot Boiler opening reception on July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. to be eligible for some really great prizes from community businesses.

This innovative marketing strategy was developed by SAM’s Exhibition Coordinator and Graphic Designer Ashleigh Payne.  “I started looking into guerilla marketing campaigns while studying graphic design at USC Upstate. With pretty limited marketing dollars I was really interested in trying a guerilla marketing campaign for SAM and Pot Boiler seemed like a great exhibition to start with.  Our main goal is to engage the community with SAM in a fun and unique way, and this strategy also brings what SAM is doing at the museum out into the community.”

Exhibition dates for Pot Boiler are July 16 through September 17, 2015. The opening reception is on July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., with an informal gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music, fabulous food and refreshments. For more information please contact the museum (864) 582-7616 or visit spartanburgartmuseum.org. Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. andSunday 1-5 p.m., closed on Monday.

 

Myrtle Beach Wins Triple Crown of Golf Travel in Golfers’ Choice Awards

Golf.com, the game’s most popular website, polled more than 6,000 players as part of its first ever Golfers’ Choice Awards, and they made a resounding statement: Myrtle Beach is golf’s best trip. RiversEdge

Myrtle Beach was voted Favorite Destination, Favorite Destination for Value and Favorite Destination for Buddy Trips.

It’s the triple crown of golf travel and one the Grand Strand takes great pride in, especially considering who voted on the awards.

“Being voted America’s best golf destination in terms of quality, value and experience by the people who matter most – golfers who spend their hard-earned money to play the game – is incredibly gratifying,” Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president, said. “The quality of golf, price point, the entire experience – everything we do here is designed to ensure players have a great trip and it’s rewarding to see those efforts validated.”

As part of the editorial accompanying the Golfers’ Choice awards, Joe Passov, Sports Illustrated Golf Group’s travel editor and one of the world’s leading authorities on all things golf travel, wrote:

“Two V’s drive Myrtle Beach’s immense popularity: Variety (of golf courses, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, beaches and entertainment venues) and value (there are exceptional options for every budget) … not only an abundance of golf (more than 100 courses) but also an abundance of terrific golf (Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach). It’s the rarest of golf destinations, one that is all things to all golfers.”

Golf.com announced the Golfers’ Choice Awards as part of the launch of Golf Gold, a new lifestyle focused section of the popular site.

Myrtle Beach is home to 13 courses that have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses and more than 50 4-star layouts, providing tremendous quality to accompany the area’s legendary value.

The honors from Golf.com come just a year after Myrtle Beach was voted best Golf Destination by readers of 10Best and USA Today, easily outdistancing the competition in the month-long vote.

For more information on Myrtle Beach golf, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.

Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Welcomes John Daly Cocktail as Official Drink of the 32nd Annual Event

Two-Time Major Champion John Daly to Appear at World’s Largest 19th Hole

Two-time major champion John Daly and his namesake cocktail will be appearing at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship. The 32nd annual event will be played August 31 through September 4 and is again expected to attract 3,400 golfers from 30+ countries.

Daly will be at the World’s Largest 19th Hole following the tournament’s third and fourth rounds. He will be serving participants his signature John Daly Cocktail and playing music at World Am Live, performing alongside Stephen Kellogg, the official band of GIASI Beverage Company, the distributor of the John Daly. Daly will also broadcast his one hour Sirius/XM radio show, “Hit it Hard with John Daly” from the World Am.

The World’s Largest 19th Hole is held each night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where tournament participants gather to enjoy golf’s greatest party. The 19th Hole features free food and drinks, live entertainment – including former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks this year – a 60+ exhibitor golf expo and much more.

“This is a great opportunity for me to embrace the true core customer of my brand,” said John. “These people come to play golf all day and have a great time at night in a place that I love – Myrtle Beach.”

“We are delighted to welcome the John Daly Cocktail as the official drink of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, and equally excited to have John joining us at this year’s event,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “John remains one of golf’s most popular players and tournament participants will enjoy the opportunity to meet a two-time major champion.”

The John Daly Cocktail, which comes in three signature flavors, will be the official cocktail of the World’s Largest 19th Hole, giving golfers the chance to “Grip it and Sip it,” each night of the tournament. The three flavors are Sweet Tea & Lemonade Vodka, Peach Tea & Lemonade Vodka and Raspberry Tea and Lemonade Vodka.

The John Daly Sweet Tea & Lemonade has the classic taste of Southern Special sweet tea and the refreshing kick of fresh squeezed Meyer lemonade mixed in perfect harmony with a splash, or two, of silky smooth handcrafted, five times distilled vodka.

The John Daly Peach Tea & Lemonade is just a cut nine iron from the original with a hint of natural peach flavor. You’ll think we’ve pillaged the trees of Georgia with this tasty libation. No matter the season… no matter the time of year… no matter if the famous Azaleas of Augusta are in bloom or not.

The John Daly Raspberry Tea & Lemonade is another fluffy cut from the original, fading in a hint of Raspberry essence for a taste unlike any other.

Daly will join television personalities Charlie Rymer and Win McMurry and the Katrek and Maginnes On Tap radio show, which will be broadcast live from the main stage on Sirius/XM radio, as headliners at the 32nd annual World Am.

Daly will join Annika Sorenstam, David Feherty, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon and Major League Baseball great Roger Clemens, who played in the event three times, among the big names who have been to the World Am.

The 72-hole net stroke play tournament relies on the game’s most rigorously enforced handicap system to level the field for every man and woman that plays in the event.

19th ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON OPENS REGISTRATION ON JULY 1, 2015

NEW DATE, NEW EXPO LOCATION

Set A New Personal Record With Perfect Running Temperatures On Our Fast, Flat Ocean Course!

The Grand Strand’s first and longest running major endurance event is entering its 19th consecutive year with two very noticeable changes… a NEW date and a NEW location for the popular Runner’s Expo! Typically held in mid-February, the Myrtle Beach Marathon and all accompanying events have moved later in the year:

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016
    • HTC Runner’s Expo
  • Friday, March 4, 2016
    • HTC Runner’s Expo
    • Ripley’s Aquarium 1 Mile Family Fun Run
      • $15 REGISTER NOW
    • Neon Night 5K
      • $25 REGISTER NOW
    • Ripley’s Aquarium Post Race Party
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016
    • Myrtle Beach Marathon
      • $85 REGISTER NOW
    • Dasani Half Marathon
      • $75 REGISTER NOW
    • WPDE Marathon Team Relay
      • $125 PER TEAM REGISTER NOW
    • House of Blues Post Race Party
Take Advantage of the Lowest Entry Fees of the Year. Registration OPENS at 12:01am,Wednesday, July 1, 2015  

 

Register online at: www.mbmarathon.com

 

In 2016, visit our new home for the HTC Runner’s EXPO, the 100,000 square foot Myrtle Beach Sports Center. Located just west of the former Expo site at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Sports Center has seating for over 2,000 spectators with indoor sporting events such as basketball, volleyball, dance, cheerleading, archery and, of course, athletic expositions similar to the HTC Runner’s Expo.

The Myrtle Beach Marathon has a fast, flat ocean course famous for new PR’s and qualifying times for races like the Boston Marathon. Not only is this event a great idea for you personally, but the Myrtle Beach Marathon started as a way for runners to give back! In fact, the Myrtle Beach Marathon emerged from five Myrtle Beach residents’ participation in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” (TNT) program. In becoming a Marathon weekend, more events were added as was support for additional charities. Today, each Marathon event supports one or more charities including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina (since its first event in 1998), the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Horry County Schools.

 

For more information on this topic or the 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit www.mbmarathon.com. Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.