Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Myrtle Beach, SC • Course Map
The crown jewel of the 60-mile stretch of coastline known as South Carolina’s “Grand Strand,” Myrtle Beach plays host to the 9th annual running of the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Coastal 5K and 1.5-mile Doggie Dash, for a fast and largely flat race that starts near the city’s Coastal Grand Mall and finishes at Plyler Park, located right on the beach off North Ocean Boulevard.
In addition to the half marathon on Sunday morning, the race hosts three additional events on Saturday — the Coastal 5K race with a fast and flat course that runners can use as a warm-up for the Mini Marathon the next day, and a 1.5-mile Doggie Dash for runners and walkers who want to come out to the race with their pets.
On Sunday it’s time for the race’s 13.1-mile event, which follows a point-to-point route that starts at Coastal Grand Mall. From the starting line on the northern side of the mall, just off Harrelson Boulevard and Highway 17, runners make a loop around the road that circles the mall and then head south toward Grissom Parkway.
After the stretch around the mall, runners then follow the race route for another brief loop around Dividend Loop and 17th Avenue, and then head out onto the Grissom Parkway, which they follow as it winds its way eastward for the next three miles.
The course makes its way around Celebrity Circle through mile markers 8 and 9, taking runners past the Ripley’s Aquarium and then out onto 29th Avenue, where they then head southeast toward the beach.
Once runners hit North Ocean Boulevard, which looks out onto the waves washing in along the shoreline, the remaining three miles of the race are basically two long straightaway stretches. From the turn onto North Ocean, runners follow the road all the way down to 2nd Avenue, where they turn around and head back up the boardwalk along the beach to the finish line at Plyler Park.
Participants will have a 3 1/2 hours to complete the half marathon, which means the race is open to walkers as well as runners.
Race Weather & Climate
One of the Southeast’s premier golf resorts, the city of Myrtle Beach is known for its hot summers that make its beaches also one of the region’s top summer tourist attractions, but in the fall the area typically sees milder and drier weather.
On race day (Oct. 21), the average low is 50°F and the average high is 75°F.
- 2017 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2016 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2015 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2014 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2013 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2012 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2011 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- 2010 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Results
- $70 – $120 for the half marathon
- $30 – $50 for the 5K
- $20 – $30 for the Doggie Dash
To reserve your spot in the fall 2018 running of the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Coastal 5K or Doggie Dash, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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