2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon
Are you ready to run in Myrtle Beach?
It's fast, it's flat and it's the biggest fitness event of the year on the Grand Strand!
2016 marks the 19th year for the Myrtle Beach Marathon, and this year, instead of being held in February, the marathon will be held on March 3-5, 2016.
While we aren't sponsoring the race this year, we are happy to provide you with all of the information you will need for the 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon.
In addition to giving details on all the races, courses and events surrounding the marathon, we'll also be providing racers with tons of great information on the Myrtle Beach area including all the best places to stay and things to do leading up to this year's event.
Now in its 19th year, the course for the marathon and half marathon have seen their share of tweaks over the years, but the lack of any real hills and the beautiful scenery of Ocean Boulevard have remained staples of what make the race such a fun, fast trip.
Starting out near Broadway at the Beach, just north of the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Robert M. Grissom Parkway, the course departs up Grissom Pkwy. and down Mr. Joe White Avenue before heading south on Kings Highway toward the Myrtle Beach International Airport.
A quick turn into The Market Common area — the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base — makes for a fun place for spectators to watch as racers hit the halfway point of the half marathon. Upon exiting the shopping center, the route turns onto Ocean Boulevard, where marthon runners spend their longest stretch, passing through the heart of downtown, past the SkyWheel.
As half marathoners peel off toward the finish, those going the full distance will experience the races most scenic areas such as Myrtle Beach's famous "golden mile" and "cabana district" where huge high-rise hotels give way to unadulterated oceanfront views.
With the miles wearing on, racers take a quick jaunt through the prestigious Grand Dunes area (the course's northernmost point), before turning for home back down Kings Highway, across the East Coast Greenway bike path and along Grissom Pkwy. before meeting cheering crowds at the finish line in the parking lot of Ticketreturn.com Field — home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
See the course first hand in this time-lapse video with map.
Where to stay
As one of the east coast's top vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach has tons of top-notch hotels, resorts and vacation rental properties to choose from.
Because the race takes place in the offseason — away from the peak summer vacation months and before the start of spring golf season — there are plenty of ways to find great deals on accommodations in Myrtle Beach.
Since the most of the race-related events happen in close proximity, choosing to stay in hotels near Broadway at the Beach will offer you an opportunity to be close to the action, allowing plenty of time to prep the morning of the race and giving spectators a chance to run back to the room if necessary. Another popular option for runners and their families is the Sheraton at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, which serves as race central for marathon weekend.
The 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon also has a list of host hotels that are offering some great deals and shuttle service to the start/finish line!
Check out even more options in and around downtown Myrtle Beach on our hotels page.
What to do
In addition to the race itself, the festivities surrounding marathon have continued to grow over the years. The 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend will include the Ripley's Family Fun Run, the HTC Runner's Expo at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, the House of Blues Post Race Party, and the Ripley's Post Race Party.
If you want to go all out, you and your family can take a few days or a week surrounding the race and get the full Myrtle Beach vacation experience. This is a great time of year to visit as it's not generally busy, so you can visit many of the best attractions without the crowds of the tourism season.
Check out our events page for even more fun in Myrtle Beach!
Places to eat
Eating properly is an important part of any marathon training regiment and getting the right meal the night before the race can make or break your chances of success. Luckily, Myrtle Beach has a great restaurant scene filled with more than 1,500 places to eat and plenty of awesome places to carbo-load before your big run.
Not only are there tons of great Italian restaurants and pasta places for a pre-race meal, but you'll also find lots of great spots to splurge for a celebratory post-race dinner. These include all-you-can-eat spots like Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, Capriz Italian Feast and the many great seafood buffets in Myrtle Beach and beyond.
Find even more great suggestions on our restaurant page.