There are many great reasons to choose Myrtle Beach as one of you running destinations. Over 60-miles of white sandy beaches, perfect weather and many sites and sounds to enjoy during a run.
Paradise Resort is centrally located to the Myrtle Beach area and is along the course for the marathon. The location makes it perfect to get to all of the festivities surrounding the race. But also offers a relaxing home away from home to come back and enjoy after the big run. Rest up before the race at the beach or the resort's indoor/outdoor pools and then recover after the race in the comfort of your oceanfront room, private balcony or hot tubs.
This is the 22nd Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon this year and in time for the unofficial start of spring along the South Carolina coast, the March 1-2 event offers races for runners of all distances, not just the 26.2-mile Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Some of the other competitions include the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the 3.1-mile Myrtle Beach 5k, and the 1-mile Grande Dunes Family Fun Run, which will be held Friday at the Grande Dunes Marina.
The main events are set for Saturday, with TicketReturn.com Stadium serving as the start/finish line and the headquarters for a post-race party of awards, live music, food and beverages and is only about 10 minutes from Paradise Resort.
Those are perfect conditions to keep runners cool during the race and warm up afterwards, but the weather and excitement aren't the only things that attract runners to town for this race.
With a beautiful backdrop for a distance run, the Myrtle Beach Marathon features scenic oceanfront stretches and a jog through the empty downtown streets for a unique view of Myrtle Beach.
For serious and beginning runners, the course also offers bonus benefits. Myrtle Beach's flat coastal location is ideal for first-timers and those trying to qualify for bigger marathons. Did you know tthe Myrtle Beach Marathon serves as a regional qualifier for the April 15 Boston Marathon and many finishers post personal-best times to punch their ticket to Patriots' Day.
If you are running the marathon, the course sends runners past some of the most popular attractions in town, including nearly half of the 26.2-mile layout stretching along our beautiful beaches. In addition to oceanfront segments along the downtown district, the Golden Mile and Ocean Forest neighborhoods, the course carries runners to Broadway at the Beach and The Market Common.
When you cross the finish line, you will be greeted by live music, supporters and lots of fun as you enjoy the recovery party.
If you are looking to go half the distance, the Myrtle Beach Half-Marathon may be half the distance but features just as much fun. The 13.1-mile course cuts out the northern stretch of Ocean Boulevard to reach the finish line.
The Myrtle Beach 5K gives less serious runners a chance to get in on the action. The linear course starts downtown on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and finishes at TicketReturn.com Stadium.
Enjoy the entertainment of live bands and DJs spread throughout the courses, and winners of each race division receive medals for their achievement. The main stage at the stadium is the big party scene.
Age and gender divisions include groups of 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over. Medals are awarded for each division.
Paradise Resort is looking forward to helping you prepare and recover after the Myrtle Beach Marathon, plan today.