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Myrtle Beach Marathon traffic info, where to watch

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From the City of Myrtle Beach:

Traffic

Organizers of the MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon expect approximately 10,000 participants in the various events over the marathon weekend. Area traffic will be impacted only from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 15.

Please be patient. Share the roads, and be aware that congestion along the course will be at its height between 9 a.m. and noon. Traffic lanes will be coned off for runners, expect delays. Avoid these areas if possible, and seek alternate routes. During peak congestion along any part of the course, there might be as many as 600 runners over a 15-20-minute period.

Driving on Saturday

The following information is intended to help you minimize travel delays on Saturday:

  • Hwy. 17 Bypass will not be affected by marathon activities and should be used as the primary route for north/south travel through the city.
  • To access Broadway At The Beach, use Hwy. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North. There will be no access to Broadway At The Beach from the two Grissom Pkwy. entrances from 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 21st Avenue North will be closed from King St. to Greene's Blvd. beginning at 4 a.m. Expect delays in front of BB&T Coastal Field until 2 p.m. while a temporary cross-walk is in use. Local traffic will be permitted to access their business/residences.
  • If traveling Grissom Pkwy.
  • All lanes will be closed from 21st Av. N. to Mr. Joe White. Av. from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    All lanes will be closed from 29th Av. N. to 21st Av. N. from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

    One southbound lane will be closed from Grand Daddy Blvd. to BB&T Coastal Field from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Expect major delays when attempting cross Grissom Pkwy. at 48th Av. N., 38th Av. N., 29th Av. N. and 21st Av. N. from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Mr. Joe White Av. will be closed to all traffic from Kings Hwy. to Grissom Pkwy. from 5:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m.
  • If traveling Kings Hwy. between Mr. Joe White Av. and the southern city limit,
  • Leave before 6:30 a.m. to enjoy an open window of access.

    Expect an increasingly difficult exit from side streets and parking lots on the west side of Kings Hwy. from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 8 a.m.

    North and southbound lanes of Kings Hwy. will experience major delays near the intersection of Mr. Joe White Av. from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

    Northbound lanes entering the city on Kings Hwy. from the south will experience major delays at the intersection of S. Ocean Blvd. from 7:15 a.m. until 9 a.m.

  • Farrow Pkwy. will be closed to all traffic from Kings Hwy. to Phillis Blvd. from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Westbound traffic on Farrow Pkwy. from Hwy. 17 Bypass will be detoured at Meyers Av. to Kings Hwy. There will be NO access to northbound Kings Hwy. until 9 a.m. All northbound traffic from this area should use Hwy. 17 Bypass.

    There will be access to businesses on Farrow Pkwy. from Shine Av.

  • If you are traveling Ocean Blvd.,
  • Expect delays while attempting to enter or exit hotels on the east side of Ocean Blvd.

    All northbound lanes of Ocean Blvd. from S. Kings Hwy. to 31st Av. N. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    One northbound lane of Ocean Blvd. from 31st Av. N. to 52nd Av. N. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    All northbound lanes of N. Ocean Blvd. from 52nd Av. N. to 82nd Parkway. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Southbound lanes of Ocean Blvd. from 12th Av. N. to 8th Av. N. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  • Grand Dunes Blvd. will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • If you are traveling Kings Hwy.:
  • All traffic will experience major delays near the intersection of Grand Dunes Blvd. from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Hwy. 17 Bypass.

    Traffic crossing Kings Hwy. at 82nd Pkwy., 79th Av. N., 76th Av. N and 67th Av. N. will experience major delays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • 65th Av. N. will be closed to westbound traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Frontage Rd. will be closed to southbound traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Grand Daddy Blvd. will be closed – Please enter Pine Lakes golf course from Woodside Av.
  • 48th Av. N. will be closed to westbound traffic from Grissom Pkwy. to Hwy. 17 Bypass from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Oleander Dr. will be closed to southbound traffic from 48th Av. N. to 44th Av. N. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 44th Av. N. will be closed to eastbound traffic from Oleander Dr. to Mayfair St. from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Notes for Relay Participants:

  • If you will be running the 2nd or 3rd leg of the relay, then please go directly to your exchange point prior to the start of the race. Because of progressive road closures, it will be nearly impossible to view the start of the race and still be able to make it to either of the first two relay exchange points in a timely fashion.
  • Parking: Participants and guests should only park on public property in spaces designated for parking. Violators may be ticketed and/or towed. Vehicles found to be illegally parked on private property may be towed by the property owner.
  • Exchange Point #1 (S. Kings Hwy./Harrelson Blvd.)

  • Participants should arrive at this exchange point by no later than 6:30 a.m.
  • The lead runner may arrive at this exchange point by as early as 6:50 a.m.
  • There will be a limited number of public parking spaces behind Fire Station #3. You must enter this lot from Harrelson Pkwy.
  • Exchange Point #2 (S. Ocean Blvd./9th Ave. S.)

  • Participants should arrive at this exchange point by no later than 6:30 a.m.
  • The lead runner may arrive at this exchange point by as early as 7:20 a.m.
  • Participants may park in the public beach accesses, but keep in mind that exiting this area will be difficult until after 8:15 a.m.
  • Exchange Point #3 (N. Ocean Blvd./68th Ave. N.)

  • Participants should arrive at this exchange point by no later than 7:30 a.m.
  • The lead runner may arrive at this exchange point by as early as 7:50 a.m.
  • Participants may park in the public beach accesses, but keep in mind that exiting this area will be difficult until after 9:45 a.m.
  • Exchange Point #4 (N. Kings Hwy./70th Ave. N.)

  • Participants should arrive at this exchange point by no later than 7:45 a.m.
  • The lead runner may arrive at this exchange point by as early as 8:20 a.m.
  • Participants may park in the vacant parking lot adjacent to the exchange point, but keep in mind that exiting this area will be difficult until after 10:30 a.m.
  • Where to Watch

    Spectators can watch runners from anywhere along the course, but the best spots are:

  • Start Line – Grissom Pkwy. at 21st Av. N.
  • Grand Park on Farrow Pkwy. in The Market Common
  • Howard Pkwy. in The Market Common (in front of Gordon Biersch)
  • Plyler Park (N. Ocean Blvd./Mr. Joe White Av.)
  • 29th Av. N. and Ocean Blvd.
  • 76th Av. N. and Kings Hwy.
  • Grand Dunes Blvd. (approach from 82nd Pkwy. and park on Cipriana)
  • Grissom Pkwy. from London St. to 21st Av. N.
  • The finish line area near TicketReturn.Com Stadium
  • Please observe all parking regulations as you cheer on the marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay runners.

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