MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon is this Sunday, and the main event features over five miles of oceanfront running and live surf bands, in addition to a Health and Fitness expo, 5K run, and a doggie dash.
The Mini Marathon is not just known for the weekend long events, but the big boost it brings in tourism during a usually slow time of year.
"It's a great event for Myrtle Beach. I think it's over a 5 million dollar economic impact for the community, everybody eats shops while they're here and they extend their stays and make it a vacation." Eddie Chaviano, Sales Manager of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes says the hotel is sold out for the Mini marathon.
Five thousand runners will take part in the 4th annual event beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday. President and CEO of Mini Marathon Robert Pozo says that 80% of the runners are from out of town.
The surf themed race will wrap around 13 miles of Myrtle Beach beginning at Coastal Grande Mall and ending in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, The Old Pavilion.
Although traffic tie-ups may occur on Sunday morning, Mark Beale, City of Myrtle Beach Sports Sales Manager, told WMBF News that the event draws positive feedback. "This time of year we need visitors and great events like this bring many visitors to the town when otherwise it may be quiet on the weekend like this," he said.
If you're going to be out Sunday morning, you're going to run into temporary road closures on Grissom Parkway, Ocean Boulevard and 62nd Avenue North.
"Basically they'll be rolling closures so once runners pass a certain point we'll be opening those back up," Beale said.
The Mini Marathon course is a new route to bring as little inconvenience to the Myrtle Beach community as possible
One tradition remains the same, runners will join on the boardwalk to celebrate a 13-mile victory.
Online registration for the event is closed and the 5K is sold out, but those wishing to run in this year's half-marathon can register at the Health and Fitness Expo before 7 p.m. Friday, or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
This year features a new course that includes over five miles of oceanfront running, and avoids Sunday morning church traffic.
For complete information on the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, including a printable PDF version of the course map, visit: