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Salt Games offered as event for locals to enjoy

The 3rd annual Salt Games event kicks off bright and early Saturday morning. It's one of the biggest events to happen in Myrtle Beach. The 3rd annual Salt Games event kicks off bright and early Saturday morning. It's one of the biggest events to happen in Myrtle Beach.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The 3rd annual Salt Games event kicks off bright and early Saturday morning. It's one of the biggest events to happen in Myrtle Beach.    

Native Sons, the organizer of the event are hoping it will draw locals to the beach.

The Salt Games competitions draw in hundreds every year, and it's getting bigger, but while organizers want to help put heads in beds by bringing tourists to the Grand Strand, they also want to give the locals something to enjoy.

Steve Taylor, with Native Sons said, "I've always felt like if you have events that cater to locals, it makes Myrtle Beach a better place to live, and it makes it a better place to visit."

Salt Games, in its third year will take place at the old pavilion site near 8th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The weekend of competition will feature a surfing tournament, a 5K run, paddle-board race, a kids run, pro-beach volleyball tournament, tug-o-war, and the Cross-fit Up Dog Summer Challenge.

"I think sometimes our events are catered too much to the tourists, and not enough to the locals, and so we try to do it a little bit opposite," explained Taylor.

Businesses in Downtown Myrtle Beach like Atlas Tap House, say they can appreciate events that want to cater to locals. "Having big events like that are really catering to locals, and local crowds, really works hand and hand with what we're trying to do as well," said Aaron Gifford, Owner of Atlas Tap House. 

Gifford said anything that will draw more locals to the beach is good business for them. "Having that amount of locals coming down to the beach to this area means a lot, and we love catering to that," Gifford said.

Gifford said while now is the time we will start to see the tourists season kicking into gear, it's still important to remember locals too.

"To us, it's the most important thing. The winter time can be really hard around here. Tourism is obviously the bread and butter of the town. A lot of bars cater to the tourism, and we do as well, but we definitely switch gears, and put efforts into having those locals, and they give us a lot of support too," Gifford said.

The Salt Games are Saturday, May 30, and Sunday May 31. Also, be prepared for Ocean Boulevard to be closed between 8th and 9th Avenue North.

The featured event, The Lifeguard Games, begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

A portion of the proceeds from The Salt Games will benefit The Surfrider Foundation of the Grand Strand. For more information, and a complete listing of events, go to www.thesaltgames.com

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