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Market Common streets close for fitness event

First ever car-free open streets event in Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF)- Myrtle Beach had its fire ever car-free open streets event today that got people out and moving. No cars were allowed through streets of the Market Common.

The reason was centered all around fitness for people to get active, ride bikes, roller blade, or try out a fitness class. Instructors from gyms around the area came out to teach different classes, where people of all ages could try out the form of exercise that works best for them.

Judy Langfitt, Owner of Myrtle Beach Core Fitness Club says, “They do these open streets all over the world and this is the first for Myrtle Beach, I think it’s going to grow every single year just getting people outside, not sitting at home and doing something different as a family.”

Langfitt says you shouldn't skip things to keep your heart and body healthy, and education is key for her. "I don't care what you do as long as you move," said Langfitt.

Event organizers chose the Market Common because they say it’s the perfect place to safely close off streets for an event like this. One business, Pedigo Bikes set up shop outside today for people to take a ride on their electric bikes. Jeff Liggett, a Myrtle Beach vacationer says, “Since I’m a motorcycle rider it’s kind of like riding a motorcycle, but in a slower fashion.”

Ligget said he and his wife had a nice workout on the bikes and being from out of town, they are glad to see a fitness event like this in Myrtle Beach. “After all if you don’t have your health, what do you have right? You have to exercise, eat properly," Ligget said.

The plan for next year? Even bigger. Organizers hope to get more fitness vendors to come out, and expand further onto the streets to hold pickle ball games and roller blading races.  

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