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Changes coming to Myrtle Beach Marathon

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(NBC) - Changes to the Myrtle Beach Marathon mean a headache for some and a boost in business for others.

The new route for the marathon comes after congestion problems in the 2009 race. This year, race organizers say by spreading out the route through Market Common, they can alleviate traffic problems on the Kings Highway.

"The more special events we have in the area, the bigger we will grow, " Terry Elvis, a business owner, explained.

However,  others say the racers will be out of the area before they open shop. The only effect from the race would be the frustration of traffic delays.

Elvis said the extra foot traffic won't matter when the money comes in. 

"It's a small price to pay for the expose you get," he said.

As for people who live in the area, Jenny Covington and Sheri Hatzmann say they are excited to watch runners racing through their neighborhood.

"I think it's great to see them and support them," Covington said.

Runners have already filled the half marathon, and race organizers expect the full marathon to be closed for entries by Christmas.

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