NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It is being called the biggest half-marathon in South Carolina and it is happening this weekend on the Grand Strand.
The 2nd Annual Divas Half Marathon and Race kicked off Thursday with a runners expo. More than 5,000 runners will hit the pavement this Sunday in what race organizers call one of the most successful events they put on all year.
"This particular race is the one that gets the most people to come from further than one and a half hours driving," Race Director Robert Pozo said. "They have all the fun, they party, they get to know the city and then there's a half marathon they have to do and that's their excuse but its all about the fun."
This event is just one more way North Myrtle Beach is growing when it comes to sports tourism. Parks and Recreation Director John Bullard said that is because our area has something most do not.
"That's the ocean," Bullard said. "So we find it very easy to recruit event organizers to come to North Myrtle Beach and to the Grand Strand."
Residents and visitors of North Myrtle Beach take note: several roads will be closed and detoured Sunday due to the Divas Half Marathon and Race.
The half-marathon begins at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, and has a three and a half hour time limit. The 5K race begins at 7:20 a.m., according to a news alert from North Myrtle Beach officials.
The race will impact various parts of Ocean Boulevard, Hillside Drive, Main Street, 2nd Avenue North, 11th Avenue North, Highway 17, and 20th Avenue North at various times throughout the day.
Those who attend the following churches on Sunday may have to take alternate routes: Trinity Methodist Church, Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, Barefoot Church, Lakeside Baptist Church, King of Glory Lutheran Church, and St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
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