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Thousands of competitors will visit Myrtle Beach this weekend

(Source: Myrtle Beach City Government website) (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government website)
The Myrtle Beach Marathon is one of a number of events this weekend along the Grand Strand. (Source: WMBF News) The Myrtle Beach Marathon is one of a number of events this weekend along the Grand Strand. (Source: WMBF News)
(Source: Myrtle Beach City Government) (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thousands of athletes will spend the weekend along the Grand Strand, and their fans will be here too cheering them on. 

For those planning to be out, leave early because it will be a jam-packed weekend. 

For an interactive marathon map, click here

First, WMBF News has partnered with the Lowcountry Food Bank and the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament to collect donations to feed needy families. 

To help, drop off donations at the Food Lion Store on U.S. 501 on Friday. First Alert Meteorologist Marla Branson will be there beginning at 5 a.m., and the ACC mascots will also join her starting at 6:30 a.m. 

The ACC Women's Basketball Tournament  runs through Sunday at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina.

Runners take your mark! More than 4,000 runners will make it to the finish line in the 20th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon.

The race starts Saturday, March 4, at 6:30 a.m. It kick off with a number of events on Friday at the Grand Dunes Resort, such as the Grand Dunes 5k, Family Fun Run and the marathon weekend kickoff party.

Talented young minds are hard at work right now preparing for the 14th Annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.  The competition brings in more than 60 high school teams both locally and across the nation, including students from Hawaii.  

The competition is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 

There's also the Eighth Annual Princess Gala, where participants can dress up as a princess or a prince for the day. This enchanting experience benefits the regional American Red Cross. Organizer Cindra Marshall said it's been a tough year for South Carolina and 100 percent of the proceeds go to disaster relief for this region. 

The princess gala will be held at The Market Common. It includes a royal breakfast with storybook princesses. Tickets for the event are $30 per person. For more information click here.

More than 1,500 gymnasts will compete in the Coastal Classic Gymnastic Meet. The competition runs Saturday and Sunday, March 4 through March5, at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. This is the second year the competition has been held in Myrtle Beach. 

Finally, parents will have the chance to get ready for the summer at the Grand Strand Kids Fest and Summer Camp Fair, being held Saturday, March 4.

Starting at 11 a.m. at the X Gym Sports Mall in Myrtle Beach, there will be vendors available with information about health and wellness, child care, special needs and summer camps. There will also be free activities like bounce houses, face painting, demos, balloon art, character meet and greets, activity zones and more. 

Register for free tickets at grandstrandkidsfest.eventbrite.com.

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