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Myrtle Beach Marathon Details 20th Annual Race

Myrtle Beach Marathon 20TH ANNIVERSARY RACE DATES ANNOUNCED!marathon

The 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon was a huge success drawing over ten thousand running enthusiasts, family members, and friends to the Grand Strand over the three-day race weekend, March 3-5, 2016. Typically run in mid-February, the change of date for this year’s race proved to be a smart move and planning for the 20th year of Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event is under way.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2017 Marathon Weekend
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 HTC Runner’s Expo opens
  • Friday, March 3, 2017 Ripley’s Aquarium Family Fun Run
  • Friday, March 3, 2017 Bojangles’ 5K
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 Myrtle Beach Marathon
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 Dasani Half Marathon
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 ABC15 Marathon Team Relay
Early bird registration for 2017 is OPEN!! Register for the 2017 Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Team Relay and receive Early Bird rates – the lowest rates of the year are available through Saturday, April 2nd, 2016! Visit
Save $20 off  regular 2017 entry fees:
  • Full Marathon: Regularly $85 discounted to $65
  • Half Marathon: Regularly $75 discounted to $55
  • Team Relay: Regularly $125 per team discounted to $105

Applications for the $1,000 Myrtle Beach Marathon College Scholarship due April 15, 2016


The Myrtle Beach Marathon Scholarship, founded in 2005, is a program intended to support graduating high school senior scholar athletes from Horry County, SC in their quest for a college education. Up to three (one time) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to an outstanding scholar athlete who has participated in any Myrtle Beach Marathon event as either a participant or volunteer. Deadline for completed applications is Wednesday, April 15, 2015!
For more information and scholarship application, please visit our website and click on the SCHOLARSHIPS tab. Deadline for completed applications is Friday, April 15, 2016.
Full Marathon Male: Bradley Reach of Marion, IL, 2:39:51
Full Marathon Female: Lauren Liuzzo of Somerville, MA, 3:02:58
Half Marathon Male: Mike Mitchell of Mint Hill, NC, 1:11:07
Half Marathon Female: Erin Dillon of Raleigh, NC, 1:19:55
Marathon Team Relay: Team Wesleyan Christian Academy of High Point, NC, 2:47:22
5K Male: Stephan St. Martin of Quebec City, Canada 15:12
5K Female: Letitia Saayman of Myrtle Beach, SC 17:38
For more information on the 2017 Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Myrtle Beach Marathon Quick Facts

We are only days away from the 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon! Our annual list of quick facts for Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event are provided here for your convenience.unnamed
Event was first conceived by a group of friends training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training for the 1996 Chicago Marathon.
Inaugural Event: 1998
Current Event: 19th Annual
Current Course Records  
Full Marathon: Male: 2012, Stuart Moran, 35, of Arden, NC, 2:26:26.
Full Marathon: Female: 2011, Kathleen Castles (overall race winner), 2:40:11, Qualified for Olympic Trials
Half Marathon: Male: 2012, Pardon Ndhlovu, 24, Zimbabwe, 1:07:57
Half Marathon: Female: 2012, Alana Hadley, 15 (YES, 15!), Charlotte, NC, 1:16:43
Last Year’s Winners  
Full Marathon (M) STEVE SINKO, 2:40:11, 38, WILMINGTON, DE
Full Marathon (F) ALLISON PASTOREK 2:59:18, 37, JONESBOROUGH, TN
Half Marathon (M) ACE CLIFFORD 1:08:24, 31, WILMINGTON, NC
Half Marathon (F) NATALIE LAWRENCE 1:18:42, 32, KERNERSVILLE, NC
Full Masters (M) JASON LEWIS 2:46:47, 40, JONESBOROUGH, TN
Full Masters (F) CHRISTINE ROCKEY 3:08:19, 44, CONWAY, SC
Half Masters (M) SCOTT MERSIOWSKY 1:21:18, 49, CARSON, VA
Half Masters (F) ALICE KASSENS 1:26:46, 40, FINCASTLE, VA
Crankchair – BRUCE NEWMAN 1:40:58, 67, STELLA, NC
5K Masters (M) SEAN MCMAHON 17:45, 41, FREMONT, NE
City of Myrtle Beach
Grand Strand Medical Community
Civic Organizations
Schools / Colleges
Grand Strand Community
Organizations Supported by Marathon
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Coastal Chapter of the American Red Cross
Horry County Schools
For Event Updates  
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Twitter: @MBMarathon1
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Race Weekend Event Times
Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • HTC Runner’s Expo, 5pm-9pm
Friday, March 4, 2016
  • HTC Runner’s Expo, 11am-9pm
  • Ripley’s Aquarium Fun Run, 5:30pm
  • Jr. Post Race Party, 6pm-8pm, hosted by Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Bojangles’ 5K, 7pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016
  • National Anthem, 6:15am
  • Wheelchair/Crankchair, 6:25am
  • Full Marathon, 6:30am
  • Dasani Half Marathon, 6:30am
  • ABC15 Marathon Team Relay, 6:30am
  • Half Marathon Awards, 9:30am
  • Marathon Awards, 10:30am
  • Team Relay Awards, 10:30am
  • Post-Race Party, 5pm-7pm, hosted by House of Blues
Team Relay Exchange Zones

Miles 4, 10, 16, 20

Safety First: Enhanced Security Measures
Producing an enjoyable and safe event is always our #1 priority. Participants and spectators can expect to find that several enhanced security measures, including bag inspections and barricades, as well as many behind-the-scene operations, have been implemented for the increased protection of everyone in and surrounding the event. Thank you in advance for your respect, patience, and compliance with these efforts.

FRIDAY NIGHT 5K FINISH LINE: Spectators will pass through a bag inspection prior to entering the finish line area.

SATURDAY MORNING STARTING LINE: Runners are allowed to bring bags and will be offered a drop off and pick up service. Drop off area is in front of Pelican’s stadium. Spectators are welcome to accompany runners in the morning but will be separated as runner’s approach the official starting line area (Grissom Parkway south of 21st Avenue).

SATURDAY MORNING FINISH LINE: Spectators will pass through a bag inspection prior to entering the finish line area and runner’s village.

Myrtle Beach Ambassadors will be wearing bright orange shirts at both the start and finish line areas to help direct crowds and answer any questions.

Just a couple of the amazing race related stories for 2016…  

Larry Macon will be competing in this year’s 19th running of the Myrtle Beach Marathon. Larry, at the age of 71, is the current Guinness World Record holder for MOST MARATHONS RUN IN A YEAR BY A MALE! Larry ran 239 full marathons in one year and has held this distinction four different occasions. Twenty separate times Larry has run a marathon in all 50 states! For more information on Mr. Larry Macon, please email

The 50 States Marathon Club has chosen the Myrtle Beach Marathon as its 2016 Reunion Race beating out over 150 U.S. marathons taking place throughout the first quarter of 2016. The 50 States Marathon Club has over 3,800 members in all 50 states, Washington DC, and 15 foreign countries. The club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of health and fitness with members sharing a common goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states. Membership in the club is limited to runners who have completed a marathon in at least 10 states. A personal connection brings the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the 50 States Marathon Club together. Reunion Director, Dave Bell, has been a 3-time participant in the Myrtle Beach Marathon. Mr. Bell began his journey of running a marathon in all 50 states right here in Myrtle Beach after learning about the 50 States club during Myrtle Beach’s inaugural race in 1998. For more information on the 50 States Marathon Club or the Myrtle Beach Marathon Reunion Race, please visit their website or email Dave Bell

For more information on the Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend event schedule, please visit Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

City of North Myrtle Beach to Host Softball’s “Top Gun Sports Winter World Series” in 2016

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and City of North Myrtle Beach announced that the 2016 “Top Gun Sports Winter World Series” for youth softball players will be hosted at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex from Oct. 2730. Games will also be played in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown parks as part of the annual Winter World Series.


The event highlights the best of youth softball and will feature an estimated 200 softball teams across five different age divisions.


Top Gun event organizers attributed their event location decision to the area’s top-rated event facilities and the collaborative efforts of the cities of North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and Georgetown, S.C.


For additional information about Play Top Gun Sports and the championship, visit


“We’ve worked very closely with Top Gun officials and organizers to ensure that North Myrtle Beach would be one of the best choices to call home to its 2016 Winter World Series event,” said Matt Gibbons, Superintendent of Sports Tourism and Athletics at the City of North Myrtle Beach. “Every day, our team members are actively pursuing groups and organizations that we can successfully provide a premium event experience for within North Myrtle Beach, and this latest pairing is a perfect example of that. We look forward to the positive economic impact and excitement the Winter World Series will bring to our area.”


“We are pleased to announce this latest partnership with the Top Gun Sports Winter World Series,” said George DuRant, Vice President of Tourism Development at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From our world-class athletic fields and new sporting facilities to our family-friendly accommodations and outdoor offerings, we are able to provide groups such as Top Gun with a quality experience that will leave participants excited to return.”


During 2015, the City of North Myrtle Beach played host to approximately 78 sporting events and tournaments with an estimated $25,051,450 economic impact, drawing 77,636 players and visitors to the area.


For more information about the City of North Myrtle Beach’s Parks and Recreation Department and the chamber, visit and

Go Ape in North Myrtle Beach!

By Charlie Mitchell


The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex opened  in spring 2015  and in just a few months hosted 30 events bringing more than 34,000 participants and spectators and creating an economic impact exceeding $11,500,000, a jump from the projected $10 million annual impact.

photo courtesy North Myrtle Beach

photo courtesy North Myrtle Beach

The complex opened with an international competition of the Harry Potter inspired game of Quidditch, hosting the IQA World Cup. Recently, the Dixie Softball World Series brought hundreds of visitors to this girls’ softball championship. Other sports hosted include baseball, soccer, football, ultimate Frisbee and rugby.


The park has been embraced by the citizens of North Myrtle Beach and has hosted local events from the Interdenominational Prayer and Praise event to the Taste of the Coast, concerts, races and local youth athletic leagues. The Park and Sports Complex is a great blueprint for the growing niche of sports tourism. The complex boasts fields that can accommodate both high school and college events.  It includes eight batting tunnels for training, eight regulation sized soccer/lacrosse fields, two regulation high school/collegiate baseball fields and four regulation youth/collegiate softball fields. In addition the two high school/collegiate fields can be transformed and used as two additional regulation youth/collegiate softball fields. There are also rooms for game officials and misting fans for team comfort in dugouts.


The complex has many features that make it a desirable place to visit. Activities include jogging and walking trails totaling almost two miles. There is also a 25-acre lake, and there will be an added attraction to that later. A 3-acre dog park is divided for large and for smaller four-legged friends. An amphitheater welcomes concerts or dancing competitions. Three playgrounds and seven picnic shelters are scattered, with two adjacent to the ball fields, three near the 25-acre Meadow and amphitheater, and two convenient to the soccer fields.


The new Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course delivers a unique view of the park from tree to tree using zip lines and Tarzan swings. All of this “going ape” will take place after each participant is given a 30-minute safety training session.


According to Matt Gibbons, superintendent of Recreation/Sports Tourism for the City of North Myrtle Beach, the Go App Treetop Course will be in the wooded area near the 25-acre lake and, “There are plans for at least one zip line across the lake.” Natural unpaved trails are free for public use and offer a view of those “going ape.”


The Park and Sports Complex is at 150 Citizens Circle which is off Robert Edge Parkway. The park is open from 6:30 am until 9:00 pm daily. All of the facilities can be rented.  The rental forms can be obtained on The space accommodates large events and parking for 2000 vehicles.