50% discount ends for MB Marathon; nearly 1,200 registered

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Nearly 1,200 runners took advantage of a 50 percent discount for the 2011 BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon after hazardous winter weather conditions forced the cancellation of this year's race.

Marathon President Shaun Walsh said participants who signed up for the canceled race received an email with a link, which gave runners a 50 percent discount on the 2011 full and half-marathons. The offer is only valid through Wednesday.

Marathon organizer Mike Shank said at the deadline, 1,175 people had taken the group up on its offer, with 511 registering for the full marathon and 664 for the half-marathon.

In addition to the 50 percent discount on next year's marathon, Walsh said event organizers have been working with officials at the Historic Marine Corps Half-Marathon to include a 50 percent discount to their May 16, 2010, event in Fredericksburg, VA.

"The weather was such a regretful occurrence and one thing we can't control, but we know there are folks who spent a lot of time and money to come here and we wanted to say we appreciate you, we thank you and we hope you come back," Walsh said. "One of the things that will hurt us is the loss of revenue [from the discounts], but we're prepared to deal with that."

Shank says while the cancellation of the 2010 event may have left a bad taste for some runners, more than 15 percent of people who initially registered for the 2010 race have registered for next year's marathon.

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