Below you’ll find a comprehensive calendar of running races taking place in the Grand Strand and nearby areas. You’ll find their Descriptions, Web Sites, Results and more. This calendar will be updated constantly as new race information occurs and if you’d like to be occasionally notified of new races or important updates, sign up via the box on the right sidebar.
This list includes every race there is within the triangle of Georgetown in the South, Ocean Isle, NC in the North and Conway to the West. For a race to be listed that’s outside of that triangle it has to be unique, like the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston or special, like the Boston Marathon.
To search for a race hit the “control” key and “F” and then type in a few words and it will bring you to the text on this page. (On a Mac hit Command+F).
Why not check out the tabs at the top and explore the local race series or do a group run.
I’ve combed around numerous places to take a race calendar that was scattered across the web to amass this comprehensive list. However if you happen to know of a race nearby that’s not listed here, and it’s worthy of inclusion based on the above criteria, then drop me a comment on the “Comments/Questions” page or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll check it out.
Also if you’re a race committee member and you want to provide me with race information you can e-mail an attachment or link to Ray Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are over 125 races here so as you can see the running explosion has hit the beach. Join the Grand Strand Running Club and catch a piece of the action. Here’s their facebook page.
And get fitted for a good pair of running shoes at the Black Bog Running Company in Myrtle beach. Here’s their facebook page.
So find your race here, then go train it, race it, then check back here after for your Results.
Now go BEAT FEET (you know…. GO RUN!)
We’ll see you out there!
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To search for a race hit the “control” key and “F” and then type in a few words and it will bring you to the text on this page.
Prediction Run 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday 1/1/13 @ 10am
Predict your time when you register and closest to their time after the race wins! Prizes for fastest too. No watches, headsets or timing devices allowed! This takes place at Docksiders Grill in the Barefoot Resort. It benefits the Helping Hands Food Bank. You may also walk the course. The pre-registration fee is just 10 cans of food and the race day registration is 15 cans. You can pre-register on line for free and just bring your “can fee” with you on race day. The cans go to local food kitchens.
Run for the Children 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 1/5/13 @ 8am
This one is to benefit the Children’s Mentoring Program of Horry County. It’s sponsored by the Derrick Law Firm. 2012 is the inaugural. It’s staged at the Marina in Downtown Conway, a beautiful place if you’ve never visited.
Run for Food 5K/Half Marathon in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday 1/5/13 both @ 9am
This takes place just across the border in North Carolina.Proceeds benefit the South Brunswick food pantry. The course takes you from the Island, across the scenic Ocean Isle Bridge and then back to the Island.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida 5K on Friday 1/10/14 @ (6:30am) and Half Marathon on Saturday 1/11/14 @ (5:30am) and Marathon on Sunday 1/12/14 @ (5:30am)
Where the smiles easily outnumber the miles! Man how fun would this one be?!! Consider the “Goofy Challenge” which is the half marathon and then the full marathon the next day! You get a special medal for that one. Register early, because they tend to fill up.
YMCA Press For Time 5K in Myrtle Beach on Friday 1/13/12 @ 12pm-8pm and Saturday 1/14/12 @ 8am (LOOKS LIKE A NO GO in 2013)
This is a unique race where on Friday (optional) you or your team will bench press some portion of your body weight to obtain a time deduction for Saturday’s 5K. Males will bench 100% of their body weight and females 70%. Each rep gives you 30 seconds off your time. Your time can be less than zero. Teams must finish together. It’s all staged at the YMCA. There’s also a 1 mile race @ 7:15am. This is race #2 of The Myrtle Beach Race Series.
Charleston 5K/Half Marathon/Full Marathon on Saturday 1/18/14 all @ 8am
The races finish at the old Naval yard. There are also a 30 and 60 mile bike ride on Sunday. Shrimp and grits and beer at the finish. There’s a pre-race Expo and dinner on Friday night. There’s also a way for kids to add up their mileage and finish 1.2 miles on race day for a total distance equal to a “marathon”.
Winter Run 5K/15K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 1/26/13 both @ 9am
2013 is the 30th annual! It starts and finishes on Main Street between Ocean Boulevard and Hillside Drive. This one benefits the Grand Strand Running Club’s High School scholarship program so come on out! The course is a loop of flat paved roads. You may also walk the courses.
Krispy Kreme Challenge 5 Mile in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday 2/9/13@ 8:30am
This “race” raised $100,000 for the local children’s hospital in 2011! They get over 7,000 runners for this one. It’s run by the students of N.C. State. It started with a dozen participants on a dare in 2004. You have to run from the belltower on campus to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street (about 2.5 miles), consume 12 glazed donuts as fast as you can, then run back 2.5 miles. How many calories will you consume? 2,400. How many will you burn running? 800. Do the math! The challenge, outside of the obvious, is to do all this under 1 hour. You may race this without the challenge of eating the donuts, and you still get a box of donuts to take home, but you receive no glory. You may also race as a team.
Virginia is for Lovers 6K/14K 0n Saturday 2/9/13 in Virginia Beach, Va. both @ 9am
This is staged at the Virginia Beach Field House 2157 Landstown Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23456 and you’ll actually finish inside! Check out the course. Along the way you’ll run literally through the Beach’s Amphitheater. There’s also a “candy stop”. This is put on by the same folks that do the Shamrock races there so it will be full of plenty of food, drink and music after that goes until 1pm. For the 14K, medals will be handed out and carnations for the lady finishers. There are also couples categories where both of your times are matched against other couples. You may choose to walk the events. They expect 4,000 runners. For a $30 donation to the SPCA you can get a special message placed on a sign along the course which you get to take home after……great idea if you’re thinking about popping the question! Average temp for this date is 53 degrees. Make it a weekend at the Beach. There’s an Expo the day before.
Myrtle Beach Marathon with a 5K on Friday 2/14/14 @ (7pm) and Half/Full Marathon on Saturday 2/15/14 both @ (6:30am)
Average high for February is 61 degrees. A good chunk of the half and full marathon courses are right along the ocean. There’s a runners expo on Thursday and Friday. The 1st year was 1998 and since then this race has helped raise over 2 million dollars for charities. There’s a post race party on Saturday night at the House of Blues for adults only. The highest course elevation is only 50 feet. This is a Boston Marathon qualifier. There’s also a 1 mile Ripley’s Aquarium Fun Run on Friday at 5:30pm with a kids post race party after.
Almost 9 Miler Trail Run in McClellanville, SC on Saturday 2/16/13 @ 8am
This takes place 1/2 way between Myrtle beach and Florence. It runs along a creek and through a forest and you’ll see sweeping views of the salt marsh.
Marion Runfest 5K/10K on Saturday 2/23/13 both @ 9am
This takes place in the scenic historic district of Marion, S.C. about an hour inland from Myrtle beach. All races start at the Opera House. There’s also a tot trot for age 6 and under. You may also walk any of the events. Post race events include an annual chili cook off and a beer garden. There will be food, fun and festivities for the whole family including a revolutionary re-enactment! The 1 mile race has a church challenge where the most participants from one church get a trophy.
Race and Roast 5K in Mount Pleasant, SC on Sunday 2/24/13 @ 12:30pm
This takes place at the Oakland Plantation. It’s a trail run that winds through a beautiful forest. It will begin and end under the avenue of the oaks at this seldom seen plantation. The oyster roast, from 1-4pm, follows the run, and costs an additional small charge if you want to attend that event which includes all you can eat oysters and low country food, beer, music, hay rides and kids activities.
March for Meals 5K at the Zoo in Columbia, SC on Saturday 3/2/13 @ 7:30am
What makes this one unique is it takes place within the Riverbanks Zoo. Very cool course. Included is a pass for the zoo and gardens for the day.
The Color Run 5K in Columbia, SC on Saturday 3/2/13 @ 9am
Wear white and at each kilometer of the race volunteers will blast you with a different color. Then at the end there will be a color EXPLOSION. Party afterward. Register solo or as a team.
Hulk Trail Challenge 10K in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 3/3/13 @ 1pm (wave starts)
This one is full of ups and downs along the new trails that are near the YMCA at the Horry County Bike and Run Park.
Columbia 10K/Half Marathon/Marathon on Saturday 3/9/13 @ 7:40am/7:30am/7:30am
Refreshments and live music after. There’s an Expo. Columbia has a rich tradition of running including playing host to the 2000 women’s olympic marathon trials. Race stages from the Columbia Met Convention Center. There’s also a “Kid’s Marathon” including a 1 mile Fun Run.
Rugged Maniac 5K in Mount Pleasant, S.C. on Saturday 3/9/13 1st wave @ 9am/last wave @ 4pm
This is near Charleston at the Boone Hall Plantation. There are others in other states too. This race is not for the faint of heart, the course was designed with the help of Navy SEALS to push your limits and to determine how rugged you are. It loops through the woods and some of the Low Country’s most brutal terrain. There will be obstacles to overcome such as barbed wire, fire, mud pits, cargo nets, and swinging pendulums. Party lasts until 7pm with live music, food and beer (1 free then you may purchase). You will get a t-shirt declaring you as a “rugged maniac”! Each wave is 325 racers every 1/2 hour. You must be at least 14 years old. There are multiple time awards. You can join as a team (costumes encouraged) but there are no team times recorded, but there is an award for most awesome team (not based on time).
BFF Pink Ribbon Run 5K/10K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 3/9/13 both @ 8:30am
This takes place at Barefoot Landing. It’s the “Breast Friends Forever” Race to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. There’s an Expo and survivors walk the afternoon before. Very family friendly event.
Lucky Leprechaun 5K Run in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday 3/10/12 @ 8am (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO FOR 2013)
This is staged at the Winds Beach Resort. Dogs welcome. Post race party for those staying at the hotel. Beautiful course paralleling the ocean. Cool award category that goes to 1st time 5K’ers over 40.
Leap Ahead For Women 6 miles in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 3/10/12 @ 8:30am (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO FOR 2013)
This is for men and women. This benefits the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build and it’s staged at the Y. After each mile you’ll also have to perform cross fit style physical challenges barked out by a boot camp instructor. There’s also a 2 mile bike ride for kids and a 1 mile fun run. This is race #3 of The Myrtle Beach Race Series. You may do this as an individual or a team of 2 or 4.
Catch the Leprechaun 5K in Mount Pleasant, SC on Thursday 3/14/13 @ 6:30pm
This is staged from Waterfront Park just north of Charleston. You may also walk the 5K. Very scenic course that starts under the Cooper River Bridge and takes you past the USS Yorktown and offers spectacular views of the harbor. After the race there will be a great post race party until 9pm with music, food, drinks, a pot of gold for the winners and prizes for everyone who finished ahead of the leprechaun. Proceeds help support the Pattison’s Academy which helps out kids with multiple disabilities.
Palmetto Swamp Fox Adventure race in McClellanville, SC on Saturday 3/16/13 @ 6 :30am
This is part of the North American Adventure Racing Series. It takes place in the Francis Marion National Forest just North of Charleston, SC. Racers will travel across land, swamp and water seldom visited by man since the elusive Swamp Fox, Francis Marion. Designed to cover a total of 55-60 miles over 10-12 hours. You can race solo or part of a team up to 4. You will plot UTM coordinates (orienteering coordinates) as you locate check points. You will paddle 10-12 miles, mountain bike 20-30 miles and run/trek 15-20 miles. you will bring in and carry all that you need including food. Your bikes and boats will be prestaged. Standings based on the number of check points you hit in the least amount of time. Your team must also attend the packet pick up the night before @ 5pm. Post race party @ 7pm with shrimp creole and prize drawings (non-racers $5). You can rent your boat/kayak.
Get to the Green 5K/10K in Columbia, SC on Saturday 3/16/13 @ 8am/7:30am
This kicks of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival every year in Columbia and you will get in free to the festival. There’s also a 1 mile walk.
St. Patrick’s 4 Mile in Pawleys Island on Saturday 3/16/13 @ 8:15am
You may also walk the course. There’s also a 1 mile chase the Leprechaun Fitness Run/walk at 9am. This is put on by HealthPoint. Course runs through the Litchfield Country Club. Irish themed drinks.
St. Patrick’s LoTide Run 5K/10K in Carolina Beach, NC on Saturday 3/16/13 both @ 8:45am/8:30am
This is a big race of over 1000 runners, half way between Ocean Isle Beach and Wilmington.There’s also a 1 mile Fun Run. Wear your green because a lot of folks dress the part in this race.You will run through residential neighborhoods and around Carolina Beach Lake and then finish right on the beach! Music and refreshments after. There’s also a 5K team category with 5 or more per team. Proceeds to local cancer victims with financial needs. Live music after.
Lucky Leprechaun 5K in Ocean Isle, NC on Saturday 3/16/13 @ 9am
This is staged at the Winds Resort Beach Club just across the border. Prizes to the best dressed in their Irish garb. They also gives prizes in a “1st 5K over 40″ category. Walker may bring their dogs. Sponsored by Brunswick County.
Shamrock 8K on Saturday 3/16/13 @ 8am and Half Marathon/Marathon on Sunday 3/17/13 @ 7am/8:30am in Virginia Beach, Va.
This is a huge race, expect close to 25,000 participants for the weekend. 3 World Records and 32 National records have been set at these races in the past. In 2007 3 participants qualified for the Olympic Trials. Runner’s World Magazine ranks the marathon in the top 20 nationally and voted the marathon runner up for most family friendly event. A post race party features Yuengling (210 kegs were tapped in 2010) and Murphy’s Irish stew (7000 cups were served in 2010). Lot’s of cool give aways, live bands, flat oceanfront course and finish on the boardwalk. Average temp for this date is 57 degrees. The marathon brings you along the oceanfront and Fort Story and past the oldest lighthouse in the country. There are multi-run challenges and team and military team challenges. There’s an Expo on Friday and Saturday.
Pier to Pier Beach Run 2 Miles in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 3/17/12 @ 8:30am (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO IN 2013)
This is race #4 of The Myrtle Beach Race Series. It’s staged at Plyler Park where the Sky Wheel is. You will race on the beach between 14th Ave. Pier and 2nd Ave. Pier. There’s also a 1 mile kids run.
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Georgia 5K on Saturday 3/16/13 @ 8am and Half Marathon/Marathon on Sunday 3/17/13 both @ 7am in Atlanta, Ga.
Start and finish at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Run through Atlanta’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods including the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. There’s an Expo on Friday and Saturday. There are neighborhood cheering section competitions with serious cash prizes for neighborhood fitness initiatives and there’s even a competition for your favorite hydration station with a $1,000 prize to their favorite charity!
Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Half/Full Marathon near Wilmington, NC on Sunday 3/17/13 both @ 6:30am
At mile 26.3 there will be a beer tent. Average high there in March is 67 degrees. There will be bikes for rent so spectators can go from point to point to see their runner. The course is very scenic. There’s an Expo.
Tilted Kilt Run 5K in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 3/17/13 @ 9am
This is staged at Broadway at the Beach at the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery. There’s also a Fun Run. Bonus prizes if you wear your kilt. Party after with an Irish breakfast buffet and a drink ticket for all runners and walkers. Yes there will be green beer, plus a band. This benefits the Grand Strand Running Club’s scholarship fund and the local Boys and Girls Club.
Minds on the Run 5K in Pawleys Island, SC on Saturday 3/23/13 @ 9am
This is staged at the Lowcountry Prep School. This is to benefit Georgetown County Schools. There’s also a 1 mile walk.
Palmetto State O-Run Team Challenge 4 Miles in Florence, SC on Saturday 3/23/13 wave starts
This is an obstacle course that requires participants to run, climb, push, pull etc. It’s spread over 1,000 acres of wooded terrain. It’s not a mud run intentionally….unless it rains. Proceeds help assist S.C. law enforcement overcome trauma incurred in the line of duty. In 2010 there were 87 teams of 4 and the winning team overall was in the open men’s division with a per minute mile pace of 9:19……not bad. There are multiple team categories you can sign up for. You can help team-mates through an obstacle and your team time ends when your last member crosses the finish.
Race for the Inlet 5K/8K in Murrels Inlet, SC on Saturday 3/30/13 both @ 8am
It takes place at Morse Park Landing next to the Hot Fish Club at 4911 Highway 17 Business. Proceeds benefit “Murrells Inlet 2020″ dedicated to make it a nice place to live, work and visit. There’s also a 5K stroller race. There’s also a bike ride on Sunday.
Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K on Saturday 3/23/13 @ 6:30pm and Half Marathon on Sunday 3/24/13 @ 7:30am in Concord, N.C.
Runners start your engines! This is 3.5 hours from Myrtle Beach. Average high 65 degrees. The course covers all 3 tracks including the drag strip. You will run both on and off the tracks. Your start will come with the white flag and you will finish with the checkered flag at pit row. A stock car will mark each mile. The medal is huge and includes moving parts and an LED light starting tree that blinks. Post race party in pit row and the garages. Awards ceremony in Victory Lane. You may personalize your bib. Expo at the speedway. No race day packet pick up. The Richard Petty Driving Experience will be on hand if you’d like to try your hand at racing around the track at 160 MPH.
Cooper River Bridge Run 10K in Charleston on Saturday 4/6/13 @ 8am
This is a world class 10K that has some world class runners.They routinely have over 30,000 runners and walkers every year! It’s the largest 1 day event that the city of Charleston has. Founded by an MUSC physician in 1978 to promote health and wellness. You may also walk this 10K which is unusual for such a long race. Wave starts. The course starts in Mount Pleasant and goes over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River and finishes with a flat section through historic Charleston in this point to point race. The bridge is 2.5 miles long and 200ft high with a slope of 4%. It’s the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. You will spend 4K of the race on the bridge and you will be rewarded with views of Charleston Harbor, the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Sumter. There’s an Expo the 2 days before. A post race festival occurs from 9am-noon a short walk away at Marion Square. There will be entertainment, vendors, food, souvenirs, etc. There is no race day packet pick up so you must pick it up before or have it mailed to you. Sign up early because they cap the entries and in prior years sold out a week before the Expo.
Myrtle Beach Challenge (The Amazing Race) on Saturday 4/6/13 @time TBA
Based on the CBS series, The Amazing Race, teams of 2 will follow clues around Myrtle Beach while going from check point to check point completing challenges along the way. You will be cycling, running, walkind and problem solving.
Palmetto 200 Mile Relay in Columbia on Friday 4/12/13 @ 6am to Saturday afternoon 4/13/13
All you need is 4-12 runners to split 36 legs of 4-10 mile each. You provide the support van for runner pick up and drop off at designated exchange points. Start at the historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce and end in Folly Beach near Charleston. Along the way of this overnight adventure you’ll cover cotton fields, the Francis Marion National Forest, lakes and the Ravenel Bridge. Open to 150 teams. A lot of money is also raised for charity during this race. They also have a 70 mile version on Saturday.
Palmetto 5K/Half Marathon in Columbia, SC on Saturday 4/13/13 @ 7:15am/7am
There’s an Expo on Friday. The inaugural in 2010 had over 2,500 runners.
S.E.A.S. Beach and Boardwalk 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 4/13/13 @ 7:30am
Stands for “Successfully Educating All Students”. Benefits the Christian Academy. This is staged at Plylar Park near the Boardwalk. There’s a family festival after. There’s also a fun run.
Myrtle Beach Stair Climb on Saturday 4/14/12 @ 8am (1st wave) (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO FOR 2013)
This will encompass 1.5 miles of stairs totalling 41 flights at BB&T Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball team. You may run as an individual or team. There’s also a mini-climb of 3/4 of a mile and 2 flights of stairs at 7:15am. You’ll finish at home plate. This is race #5 of The Myrtle Beach Race Series.
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Goodwill Mud Run 4 miles in Greenville, SC on Saturday 4/13/13 and Sunday 4/14/13
They also hold one in September. A mud and guts obstacle course requiring running, jumping, climbing and slogging.Your team of 4 will help each other get through over 30 obstacles including cargo nets, mud pits, low crawls, tires etc. Proceeds to benefit the Goodwill Foundation and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. It takes place at the Navy and Marine Corps reserve center. There’s multiple team categories aranged by running speed. There’s a Kid’s obstacle course for 4 years old and up with a 1/4 mile muddy course. There will be a concession area, field activities, games and a kid’s zone.
Building Futures Autism Clinic 5K in Myrtle Beach at Market Common on Saturday 4/13/13 @ 9am
This takes place in Grand Park at 1150 Farrow Parkway and the course circles the lake. You may also walk the 5K. There’s also a 1 Mile Fun Run and a dog walk to promote their dogs for autism program. One dog can cost up to $10,000 to be trained before it’s placed in an autistic home so come on out and participate in this fund raiser. 2012 saw over 500 runners. Autism affect 1:91 kids and it’s incidence is on the rise. The course will highlight some of the exciting changes to the Market Common area.
Boston Marathon on Monday 4/15/13
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification). In 2010 22,678 runners finished. In 2008 the male and female winners got $150,000 each (not bad).
Rotary Club 5K/10K in Surfside Beach, SC on Saturday 4/20/13 both @ 8am
The start and finish are at Surfside Pier at 15 South Ocean Boulevard and runs partly along Ocean Boulevard. You may also race walk or casually walk the course. Proceeds are for community service projects. Kids Fun Run at 10am.
Citadel Bulldog Challenge 10K in Charleston on Saturday 4/20/13 @ 8am (1st wave)
This is a fun, but challenging team event designed to test the physical and mental toughness of the participants. The Citadel is the military college of South Carolina which prepares young men and women for the Marine Corps. The course stretches through the Citadel campus, parts of Charleston and the marsh. Along the course there will be various individual and team challenges such as a rope climb, pull-ups, push-ups, fireman carry and obstacle course. It’s open to the public and attracts over 100, 4 person teams every year from around the country. Proceeds go to various Verteran charities and school scholarships.
Quarry Crusher Run 3.72 miles in Columbia, SC on Saturday 4/20/13 @ 9am
This is a unique race that takes you down into a granite quarry and then up the 375 ft acent from the floor up a 10% grade. Very challenging. The race is part of the Olympia Fest held that day.
Zombie Escape at Panic Point 5K in Youngsville, NC on Saturday 4/20/13 @ 9am (1st wave)
This is a mud run with over a dozen obstacles and over 100 zombies. This is just North of Raleigh. You will start the race with 3 health flags. Your goal is to not let the zombies “infect you” by getting all of your flags. If you finish the race with no flags, your race time will be “un-official” and you will be “infected” with the zombie virus for the rest of your life. If you need a health boost (a flag), look for a roving medic who will have you perform an exercise for a flag. Run solo or as a team of 4. Rather be a zombie? Well you can do that too! A free beer and a race party awaits you after. Also after you finish, feel free to grab a paint gun and have at the zombies ($5 for 20 shots)! 14 and over to participate as a racer or zombie.
Oak Island Lighthouse Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon in Caswell Beach, NC on Saturday 4/20/13 all @ 8:20am/8:10am/8am
This is staged at the N.C Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell about 1.5 hours North of Myrtle Beach on the N.C coast at Caswell Beach. Beautiful scenery along the beach, salt marshes, bridges, fort ruins, the intracoastal and a lighthouse at the finish. Really cool virtual run of the course here. Lots of nice places to stay and things to do.
Earth Day 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 4/20/13 @ 8:30am
This is staged at McLean Park between 2nd Ave South and South Oak Drive. You may also walk the course. After, stay and enjoy N. Myrtle’s Earth Day celebration after the race.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Challenge 5K in Carolina Forest, S.C. on Saturday 4/20/13 @ 9am
This is modeled after the challenge at N.C. State in February so see that description above on this Beat Feet calendar to get an idea. The object is to get down 12 glazed donoughts at the turn. This takes place in the Waterbridge Community of Carolina Forrest which is just 15 minutes inland from Myrtle Beach. You will start and finish at South Carolina’s largest residential swimming pool! There will be individual and team challenges and you may also walk the courses. You don’t have to eat the donughts if you just want to do a “starter challenge”.
Chauncey’s Challenge 5K Obstacle Course in Conway on Saturday 4/21/12 @ 9am
This takes place entirely on the CCU campus. It’s open to the public. Post race party on campus with free food, band and beer sponsored by Gordon Biersch. There’s also a student category and team categories.
US Marine Corp Mud Run 10K in Columbia on Saturday 4/27/13 with wave start times
This race is so huge they are running 2, one in April and one in October. Capped at 2,400 teams of 4 for each date. Team entries only. Thousands come to challenge themselves on this course. This the largest mud run in North America!! It includes 30+ obstacles that teams have to negotiate, requiring team effort and a lot of determination. It’s an all terrain course requiring you to swim, crawl, climb and jump over mud holes, walls and trenches. Check out the photos and video below to get an idea of the difficulty, it looks grueling! For instance expect to be 15 pounds heavier during the race just from the water and mud that we be hanging on you! Teams are 4 strong and there’s various team categories. Proceeds go to support Marines and their families from the Columbia area who have been wounded or killed on active duty. After, join the “mud pit” party for you and your family with live music, food and drink.
Divas Half Marathon/5K in North Myrtle Beach on Sunday 4/28/13 @ 7am/7:20am
Sorry guys, this one’s for the ladies, except the 5K is open to all genders. This one was new to the Grand Strand in 2012 and is put on by the same folks as the Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon in October (I guess they like Myrtle Beach!). In 2012 it was second only to San Fran as the largest Divas race! There are races elsewhere in this series too including Peurto Rico. Tons of girl fun suround this one with an Expo and special events after like a dance party on Main Street. Expect roses, a bubbly toast, tiaras, boas, personalized bibs, an awesome tech shirt fitted for a gal and an amazing medal you can put your picture on. Post race pool party.
Chase the Cows Home 1/3 Marathon(8.73 miles) in Pawleys Island on Saturday 4/28/12 @ 7am (CANCELLED FOR 2012)
Start and finish at the Precious Blood of Christ Church. To benefit the Outreach Farm to feed the hungry. Put on by the Grand Strand Running Club. Race Director Lonnie Kaye at email@example.com
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The Tiger Race and Taste 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 4/28/12 @ Noon
This takes place at Conway High School with start and finish in the football stadium. It’s an extra 5 bucks for food sampling.
Flying Pirate in Kitty Hawk, NC 5K on Saturday 5/3/14 @ (7:30am) and Half Marathon on Sunday 5/4/14 @ (7am)
Kitty Hawk is on the Northern coast of North Carolina. Do both the 5K and Half and get a special challenge medal. This is a good way to test the 1st 1/2 of the Outer Banks Marathon course that occurs in November. This covers the Outer Banks and some of the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast. You’ll start the marathon in Kitty Hawk and make your way to the Wright Brothers Monument. You’ll then run on a trail through Nags Head Nature Preserve. There’s an Expo on Friday and Saturday. After the race on Sunday there’s a Pirate Jamboree from 9am-1pm. Celebrate pirate style with a grog of ale, music and a few thousand scallywags.
Burro Loco Stashe Dash 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 5/4/13 @ 9:30am
Kick off your Cinco De Mayo with this race and after party. This is a trail run. You will see your share of mustaches and sombreros and enjoy the Burrofest after! Included is a t-shirt, a mustache and a free beer. This is on 17 bypass between highway 501 and Broadway at the Beach.
Cinco de Mayo 5K in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 5/5/13 @ 9am
This is staged at Carlos ’N’ Charlie’s Restaurant at Broadway at the Beach. Bonus prizes for those dressed in the spirit of the day. Party afterward with a Mexican themed breakfast buffet and 1 drink ticked included. There’s also a 1 mile fun run.
Blue Crabfest 5K in Little River, SC on Saturday 5/11/13 @ 8am
You may also walk the course. Stay after to enjoy this world class festival. The race starts and ends at the riverfront on Mineola Ave.
Myrtle Beach Mud Run 3.75 miles on Saturday 5/12/12 @ 7am (1st wave) (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO IN 2013)
This takes place on an all-terrain cross country course of dirt roads and trails. It’s near the Carolina Opry just off 17 bypass at the Marina Inn. There will be plenty of mud and obstacles to climb, crawl or jump over. There are some cool pictures on their web site to give you an idea. It will get more challenging as you go. Enter as an individual or as a team of 2 or 4. There will be multiple team categories and awards. You must be 14 or older. There will also be a kids mud runs for those 13 and younger. Your team time stops when your last team mate crosses the finish. Proceeds to the Grand Strand Humane Society. There will be refreshments after. This is race #6 of The Myrtle Beach Race Series.
Tiger Race and Taste 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 5/18/13 @ 9am
This is staged at Conway High School and is a benefit for the wrestling team. You may also purchase an Eggs Up Grill buffet….YUM!
Saint Christopher’s Children 5K in Pawleys Island on Saturday 5/18/13 @ 9am
You may also walk the 5K. Proceeds to benefit St. Christopher’s Children, Inc which provides funds for disadvantaged kids in Georgetown County. Takes place at the Precious Blood Catholic Church on Waverly Ave.
RiverDogs “Run Forrest Run” 5K in Charleston on Saturday 5/25/13 @ 5pm
The RiverDogs is the minor league baseball team in Charleston. The race starts in front of their stadium and finishes at home plate where you’ll be greeted by their players and coaches. After the race you will get a free ticket to the 7pm game (tickets for the rest of the family are $7 each). Race awards will be given out during the game. You will also be treated to an after party to include soda, beer and food from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
Military Appreciation Days 5K in Market Common Myrtle Beach on Sunday 5/25/13 @ 7:30am
This is just part of a huge weekend of celebrating our military in Myrtle Beach. This starts and ends in Plyler Park and will take you on Ocean Boulevard and the Boardwalk. This is all free for active duty, reserves and vets!
Dirty Myrtle Mud Run 3 Miles in Carolina Forest, SC on Saturday 5/25/13 with wave start times
Carolina Forest is just 15 minutes inland from Myrtle Beach and this race is in the Waterbridge community. There will be mud holes, water, hills, tire/log carries and other obstacles. There are individual categories and 4 person teams of male, female, co-ed and kids. Team members start and finish together and may help each other through the obstacles. You must be 14 years old to race the feature race but there is a kid’s race too for those under 14 that covers a similar but simplified 1 mile course. Post race party includes food, beer and music. There’s another one in August too!
Brookgreen Gardens 1 Mile/5K in Murrells Inlet, SC on Sunday 5/26/13 @ 6:30pm
2013 is the inaugurall. It’s unique in that in winds through the beautiful gardens at Brookgreen off 17 in the evening.
Warrior Mud Run 5k in Conway, SC on Saturday 6/1/13 @ 9am
This takes place at Thompson Farms. There’s also a children’s race.
Warrior Dash 3.08 Miles in Huntersville, NC on Saturday 6/1/13 with wave start times
These races take place all over the country. the closest one to Myrtle Beach in 2013 is this one just North of Charlotte. This is billed as America’s most INSANE race. 11 obstacles from Hell await you. You will run through bogs and mud, climb walls and cargo nets, leap over fire and crawl under barbed wire. Paramedics will be standing by. It is the ultimate event for thrill seeking athletes. Participants will conquer these extreme obstacles and celebrate their feat with music, beer, warrior helmets, medals and muddy shorts (and you will take all this stuff home)! One free beer per participant afterward and then it’s available for purchase along with food. Music and beer will last until 3 hours after the last wave started. Crazy costumes are encouraged and the best will win a prize. Bring a change of clothes as you will be filthy after, but a fire truck will spray you down at the end if you’d like. The top 3 race finishers of each sex will receive a custom engraved steel warrior helmet……..cool. There are also age group awards. Plenty of photos will be taken and available for purchase after the race. They actually mention on their web site that baby strollers are not allowed during the race…….DUH!! You must be 14 or older to participate.
Bookin’ It For Bidgewater 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 6/2/12 @ 7am
2012 is the 1st anual. There’s also a 1 mile fun run. It benefits the Bidgewater Academy which is currently in the Christ United Methodist Church at Fantasy Way near the old Hard Rock amusement park.
Fight for Air Climb in Columbia, SC on Saturday 6/1/13 @ 9am
Called a “vertical race”, you will race up the 25 floors, 479 steps, of the Capital Center Building in Downtown Columbia. It’s the State’s tallest building. Proceeds to the American Lung Association. It’s the American Lung Association’s way of giving you a new found respect for your lungs! “Breathing should not be an uphill climb”. Minimum fund raising of $100 plus $25 registration fee. There’s timing. After party with food and music. There will be training runs at the Capital Center. You may register as a team. There is a fire fighter category. There’s another one of these vertical races in Charleston in July.
GoRuck Challenge Adventure Event 15-20 miles over 8-10 hours in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 6/7/13 @ 9pm
Wow, this one is intense mentally and physically. By far the most challenging event I have on this calendar. The inspiration for this one comes from Special Forces training, in fact it’s put on and led by Green Berets, but the majority of participants are civilian. It’s an event never a race. To finish is the challenge. You will come with 3-4 bricks depending on your weight and you will carry those in a backpack throughout the challenge. This is a team race made up of the 30 or so participants that sign up for your date. You will start and progress through and finish together. You will complete challenges along the way based on your strengths and weaknesses. The team will decide what each individual does as you go along. There’s a 98% finish rate. It’s described as more mental than physical. There are local Cross Fit organizations you can hook up with to train for this event. It’s literally a world wide event. Every course is different depending on the City it’s hosted in.
Firefighters for Fitness 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 6/15/13 @ 8am
This benefits the South Carolina Firefighter’s Foundation. This is staged at Grand Park in Market Common. This is being held in conjunction with a Firefighter’s Conference that’s being held here, and all conference participants are encouraged to attend but the public is welcome too. Fire vehicles will be on display. 2013 is the 1st annual.
Awendaw Passage Trail Run 14K in McClellanville, SC on Saturday 6/22/13 @ 8am
This is 8.5 miles total and takes place on the flat and fast Palmetto Trail in the Francis Marion National Forest. It is staged at the Buck Hall Recreation Area. The trail follows the Intracoastal Waterway and will provide you with amazing views of the saltmarshes and the dense forest canopy. Post race party with raffles prizes.
Independence Day Freedom Run 5K/8K in Market Common Myrtle Beach on Thursday 7/4/13 both @ 7am
Lots of prize money! There’s also a 1 mile race.
Neon Vibe Run 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 7/6/13 @ 9pm
This is part of the Neon Vibe race series that takes place all over the country. This takes place at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Here’s a map. You will run through multiple glow zones where you will get powdered in different colors that glow under UV black light. that’s right you are the canvas! Your registration includes one glow packet for you to color yourself or others and one white t-shirt. There’s an after Vibe party too.
Fight For Air Climb in North Charleston on Saturday 7/20/13 @ 7am or 8:30am depending on event chosen
Called a “vertical race”, this takes place inside the North Charleston Coliseum. It’s the American Lung Association’s way of giving you a new found respect for your lungs! “Breathing should not be an uphill climb”. There’s a regular “climb” @ 8:30am of 1,544 steps but the “ultra climb” @ 7am is 5,064 steps and covers the whole coliseum and cuts you off in 1.5 hours. Cool video on their old site giving you an idea what it’s like. $100/$150 fundraising minimum. They have training sessions beforehand. You may register as a team of 4 or more, and if a firefighter you may race in full gear!! There’s timing. After party with food and music. I can’t figure out how long it takes to finish…..the winner was timed in 5 something…..I’m not sure if it was hours or just minutes. There’s another one of these vertical races in Columbia in June.
Springdale Sunset 5K in Camden, SC on Saturday 8/17/13 @ 6:45pm
This is a really cool town that is 2.25 hrs from Myrtle Beach. The course is the hallowed Springdale steeplechase horse race course. There’s a cool video of the course on their site. You will run mostly on heavy grass. To benefit the United Way. There’s also a 1 mile walk where you can bring your dog. Spectators can watch from the grandstand. Tailgaiting in the parking lot is encouraged.
Dirty Myrtle Mud Run 3 Miles in Carolina Forest, SC on Saturday 8/31/13 with wave start times
Carolina Forest is just 15 minutes inland from Myrtle Beach and this race is in the Waterbridge community. There will be mud holes, water, hills, tire/log carries and other obstacles. There are individual categories and 4 person teams of male, female, co-ed and kids. Team members start and finish together and may help each other through the obstacles. You must be 14 years old to race the feature race but there is a kid’s race too for those under 14 that covers a similar but simplified 1 mile course. There are also costume awards. Proceeds to benefit Scents for Soldiers bringing needed items to soldiers. Post race party includes food, beer and music. There’s another one in May too!
Francis Marion Dirt Dash 5K/12K/Half Marathon in Awendaw, SC on Saturday 9/7/13 all @ 7am
This is a trail run staged at the Sewee Vistitor’s Center near the coast about 1.5 hours South of Myrtle beach. The courses will take you along the trails of the Francis Marion National Forest. Proceeds to support the Mount Pleasant Fire Department’s wilfire fighting program. Meet up with other finishers at the Park West Dog and Duck after the race in Mount Pleasant.
Brunswick Family Assistance 5K/10K in Sunset Beach, NC on Saturday 9/7/13 both @ 8am
This is just across the border in North Carolina. Begins and ends at the patio at the beautiful Sea Trail Resort. This organization helps out low income families in Brunswick county where 17% of the population lives in poverty. There’s also a 1 mile fun run. Refreshments and prize drawings after. There’s also a 10K walk.
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 9/11/11 @ 7:30am…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
This race is special because it’s the 10th anniversary of 9/11 when 2,976 lost their lives. This is a series of coordinated runs/walks that takes place on this date all across the country. The original run in New York City traces the foot steps firefighter Stephen Siller took through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center Towers where he lost his life like over 300 other firefighters that day. Come on out and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, those that have lost their lives protecting our freedom as well as those who continue to protect us (military, fire fighters, police etc). This will be a family friendly non-competitive run/walk/roll. It starts on the corner of Ocean Blvd and Mr. Joe White Ave and finishes at Plyler Park right at the beautiful Boardwalk on the Oceanfront. You will see many first responders run this course in their full gear and/or participate in the firefighters stair climb at the Yahtsman Hotel. The stair climb will be proceeded by a flag raising ceremony and a moment of silence at 8:46am(when the 1st tower was hit) followed by the climb at 9:03am(when the second tower was hit). Proceeds go to support hero’s families who lost loved ones. There’s also a 1 mile walk/roll.
Beach Sweep 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 9/14/13 @ 9am
Starts and finishes at 1st Ave South and Ocean Boulevard at beachfront park.It’s an out and back on the “worlds widest beach”. Sponsor, among others, are the “Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Committee”. You may also walk the course.
SunBare Whispers 5K in Ocean Isle, NC on Saturday 9/14/13 @ 10am
Ok, I’m not sure if you’re into this one, but here it is in all it’s birthday suit glory. Clothing is optional at this race which takes place entirely within the grounds of the Whispering Pines Nudist Resort and Campground. No spectators, only members, guests and participants. It’s 11 miles from the beach and is just across the North Carolina border near Sunset Beach. Apparently it’s quite picturesque and tranquill with fountains and ponds and tall pines. You may also walk the course. It’s put on by the B.A.R.E. organization which stands for “Butts A’runnin Race Enterprises. They put on a whole nudist 5K series all over the country….who knew!!?? Things to know about nude running. A portion of the proceeds goes to the local Fire Department. The contact person for this race is Sue Butts……I’m not making this stuff up! You may also walk the course. So come and hang out and sun your buns. Towels and sunscreen recommended.
Website 2013 (Scroll down to race)
Pawleys Island 5K on Saturday 9/24/11 @ 8am…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
2011 is the inaugural. It starts at Healthpoint. It’s put on by the staff of the local Veterinary hospital to raise awareness of rabies. There’s also a 1 mile Doggie Dash walk/run.
Webpage 2011…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
Hog Wild Mud Run 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 9/29/12 @ 9am
This takes place in Bucksville at Thompson Farm which was voted 2011 farm of the year in SC. Here’s a Map. There will be many obstacles. Breakfast available before and lunch after.
LoCo-Motion 30 miles total in Hilton Head, SC on 9/27/13 through 9/29/13
This is a 3 day running/walking event put on by Carolina Cups to raise money to cure breast cancer. There will be a different 10 mile course each day all very scenic including the beach in and around Hilton Head and Callawassie Island. If you complete all 3 legs you’ll get a nice medal. Post race party.
River Jamboree 5K Trail Run in Coward, SC on Saturday 10/1/11 @ 9:15am…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
This is 1.5 hours inland from Myrtle Beach, just South of Florence. This is in conjunction with the Lynches River Jamboree Festival at Lynches River County Park. It’s a trail run through a beautiful area. Entry to the Festival and many of the activities will be free including canoe/kayak rides, petting farm, K-9 demonstrations, face painting, snake demo, food, etc.
Tiger Dash 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 10/1/11 @ 10am…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
This is to support Conway High School wrestling and is staged at the High School.
Registration Page 2011…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
Isle of Palms Connector Run for the Child 5K/10K near Charleston on Saturday 10/6/12 both @ 8am
This is to support child abuse programs. This is one of the most scenic road races in the Southeast and has been running since the connector opened in 1993. You’ll experience beautiful vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, local creeks and marshes. Over 1,400 ran this one in 2011. There will be post race festivities including family friendly fun.
Sunset at Sunset Beach Run 5K in Sunset Beach, NC on Saturday 10/6/12 @ 8am
This is just across the border in North Carolina.You may also walk the course and there’s a children’s Fun Run @ 8am. Mother Nature will provide the hard packed sand and wide beach at low tide. Out and back course. This is in association with the Sunset at Sunset Festival from 10am-5pm. There will be bands and Shag dancing, food, artists, kid’s activities, and vendors
Run for the Ta-Tas 5K in Wilmington, NC on Saturday 10/6/12 @ 8am
There’s also a 1 mile walk. This is for both men and women and brings the community together for breast cancer awareness. It’s done in a special Ta-Ta chaser format, and is one of a kind in the region. Ok, here’s how it works…… all female participants will be released 1st and then the males exactly 2 minutes and 30 seconds later (yes, chasing the Ta-Tas!). The 1st person to cross the finish line, male or female, wins $1,000 cash!! There’s an Expo party after with food, etc. located at the TrySports event field. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Project. Also awards to the best, jazziest, fitness bra (men not excluded). team awards. Prizes for the fastest breast cancer survivors.
Riverfest Run the River 8K in Wilmington, NC on Sunday 10/7/12 @ 8am
This race runs through downtown, along the waterfront and over 3 bridges. Snacks, drinks and beer provided at the finish. Stay after and enjoy the Festival entertainment and exhibits.
Buzzard Island Adventure Run 2 mile/4 mile in Bluffton, SC on Sunday 10/7/12 both @ 9am
This is near Hilton Head. The 2 mile is for Kids 14 and under and for Family Teams of 3 or 4 with at least 2 kids under 12. The 4 mile is for Adults and Adult Teams of 3 or 4. The course is through rugged farm land, beautiful beaches, steep bluffs, water and mud! It’s to benefit the Bluffton Fins swim team. After there is music, refreshments, door prizes and more.
Ray Tanner Home Run 5K/12K in Columbia on Saturday 10/12/13 @ 8:30am/8am
OK Game Cock fans, don’t miss this one!! This supports University of South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner’s Foundation which helps local disadvantaged youth and their families. This race has the best finish line celebration in all of South Carolina. Ray will start the race outside Carolina Stadium. As you start the race you’ll run past cheerleaders, Cocky, fans and the 5K’ers waiting for their start. Part of the course is the same as the 1996 U.S. Women’s Marathon Olympic trial course. Along the way there will be plenty of music. You will finish by entering the baseball stadium cheered on by cheerleaders, run down the 3rd base line line in the footsteps of the NCAA Baseball National Champ Gamecocks. You will end on home plate being thanked by Ray himself. You may also walk the 5K (strollers and dogs welcome)and there’s a Kid’s Fun Run that circles the bases and outfield and a seperate 1 mile fun run. Plenty of kids activities besides the run. The 12K is 7.4 miles. Post race party with ballpark hotdogs, PP&J, cake, snowcones and fruit. All finishers receive a commemerative National Championship medal.
Chicago Marathon in Grant Park on Sunday 10/13/13 @ 7:30am
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. In October runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its fast, flat course. Elite athletes and amateurs alike annually target the race for its potential to generate personal, national and world records. In addition to its speed, the course offers a scenic tour of Chicago as it weaves through 29 diverse neighborhoods and dozens of local and historic landmarks. You are guaranteed to see all that is great about the city of Chicago. In 2008 over 30,000 runners finished the race.
Bridge 2 Bridge Run 5K/Half Marathon in Georgetown, SC on Saturday 10/12/13 both @ 7:30am
You will start and finish in beautiful historic downtown Georgetown the 3rd oldest city in the state. The half marathon will cross the Black, Sampit and Waccamaw Rivers and be treated to views of Winyah Bay. To benefit the United Way. Average high 81 degrees for this date. Post race party in Francis Marion Park.
Octoberfest 5K/15K in Brunswick Forest, NC on Sunday 10/14/12 both @ 8am
This takes place in a neighborhood just 6 miles South of Wilmington. After party with food, music, prize drawings and free beer. Nice course with a combination of paved and wooded trails. You may also walk the 15K.
River Otter 10K Relay in Awendaw, SC on Saturday 10/19/13 @ 9am
This is a trail run that takes place along the coast about 1.5 hours South of Myrtle Beach. You sign up as a 2 person team either male, female or co-ed and you each run a 5K, one at a time, out and back. It is staged at the canoe and kayak launch and takes place on the Awendaw Passage leg of the infamous Palmetto Trail.
Website 2013 RESULTS(this is an untimed event)
Swamp Romp 5 miles in Parris Island on Sunday 10/20/12 @ 10am
The LowCountry’s dirtiest race! This is at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot near Beaufort. Open to the public. The course is a loop that takes you over, under and through several obstacles. It’s flat, sandy and really muddy. You can register as an individual or a group of up to 6. Groups must be physically touching each other as they cross the finish. Can enter as young as 10 with an adult on the team.
Race for the Cure 5K in Charleston on Saturday 10/19/13 @ (7am?)
This race occurs on Daniels Island. This is part of a national series of 110+ races to benefit finding a cure for breast cancer. You may enter as a team. You may also walk the 5K. There’s also a 1 mile run/walk.
Neuse River Bridge Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon in New Bern, NC on Saturday 10/19/13 @ 8:05am/7:15am/7am
This is 3.5 hours North from Myrtle Beach. It offers magnificent views of the Neuse and Trent rivers. You may also walk the 5 or 10K courses and they’ll accommodate wheelchair participants. There’s also a Super Kids Fun Run. Kids may enter a contest to design the fun run shirt. There’s a team category too. There’s a costume contest too. There’s a mini race expo. Also during the expo you can get a free pasta dinner (10 bucks for guests which includes the runner’s celebration after the event). Post race party has live music and food. There’s also the Chili fest in town that afternoon.
Turtle Strut 5k/10K in Pawleys Island on Saturday 10/20/12 both @ 7:30am
2012 is the 21st annual so this race has been around for a while! It starts and finishes near the Pawleys Island public parking area on the South end of the island on Springs Ave.
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon with a 5K on Saturday 10/26/13 @ 7:30am and Half Marathon on Sunday 10/27/13 @ 7am
A beautiful ocean front course that starts at Coastal Grand Mall and ends on the Boardwalk along the beautiful beach front. Expect temps to be 45 degrees at the start and 66 at the finish with 72 degree water temps to dip your toes in after. They hope for 5,000 runners for the 1/2 and another 2,000 for the 5K. There will be surf bands along the course and you even get a ginormous medal at the end…..how cool is that??!! This course is flat and fast. Post race beach party and concert. On Saturday there’s also a 1 mile Doggie Dash with your 4 legged pal. Also on Saturday there’s a 300 yard High Heel Dash. Your heels must be at least 2.75 inches. Both genders welcome. Both these Saturday events benefit The Grand Strand Humane Society. Also on Friday and Saturday there will be a Health and Fitness Expo. Cool stat….in 2010 the women out numbered the men in the 1/2 marathon 7 to 3!
Oyster Festival 5K/10K in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Sunday 10/21/12 both @ 8:30am
This takes place just across the border in North Carolina. There’s also a 1 mile Fun Run. You’ll also get free entry into the Festival. Start and finish at the Community Center. Walkers welcome. Great views. Lots of cash prizes!
Heart of a Champion 5K in Georgetown, SC on Saturday 10/22/11 @ 9:15am (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO IN 2012)
Put on by the YMCA. The Georgetown County Cross Country High School Championships will take place earlier in the morning. Nice loop around the park and through picturesque Streets. You must unfortunately pick up your packet prior to race day (I don’t know why the YMCA does that?!). You may also do the course as a team relay.
Brochure 2011- (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO IN 2012)
President’s Homecoming Race 5K at Coastal Carolina University in Conway on Saturday 10/27/12 @ 7:30am
Each year on Homecoming weekend the Campus Rec Department sponsors this to welcome back alumni and allow the community to participate in a fun healthy activity. The course is across the street from the campus in the Quail Creek neighborhood. There’s special awards for Alumni too.
Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach, Va. on Saturday 10/26/13 @ 8am
This is a huge race with a cap at 10,000 and 2010 sold out a week before. Finish on the boardwalk. There’s an Expo the day before. There’s a costume contest but to be eligible you must run in your full costume. There’s also a 1 mile race @ 10am. From 9am-noon there’s a post race monster mash on the beach with live music, food and Blue Moon beer. Average temp for this date is 70. Everyone medals. Long sleeve tech shirts. You may walk the courses.
Trick or Treat Trot 5K/10K in Wilmington, NC on Saturday 10/27/12 both @ 9am
There’s also a 1 mile Fun Run. Don’t forget your costumes….there will be prizes!
Strafe Zombie Run 5K in Fuquay-Varina, NC on Saturday 10/27/12 @ 9am
This takes place just south west of Raleigh. It is not a mud run but takes place in a town. Sign up as a Zombie or a runner(survivor). You will wear “health flags” around your waist that the zombies will try to steal from you along the course. There will be water stations (zombie safe zones) and ways to regain your “health” back. You must be 15 or older to participate in the game portion with the flags etc, but 14 and younger can walk/run the course and the zombies will approach you but not try to “infect” you. 7 and under may walk the course for free. There’s a “survivor party” after and a video game play zone and inflatables and a downtown festival immediately following the race. Costume contest. Awards to fastest runners and also to the zombie who infects the most runners (captures the most flags).
Beach Gauntlet 3 miles in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 10/27/12 @ 10am (1st wave)……(looks like a no-go in 2012).
This is an obstacle style race where you’ll face 12 challenges along the way. It takes place right on the beach and finishes at Plyler Park where the Sky Wheel is. There’s a nice after party with food, beer and entertainment.
Website 2012 (DOWN)…..(looks like a no-go in 2012)
Spooktacular Halloween Run 1 mile/5K in Carolina Forrest, SC on Saturday 10/29/11 @ 9:30am/9am…. (looks like a no-go in 2012)
This takes place in the Waterbridge Community. 2011 is the inaugural. Gift bags for the children. Costume contest.
Website 2011- (LOOKS LIKE A NO-GO IN 2012) FYI Untimed Race-No Results will be posted
Tough Mudder 10-12 miles in Charlotte, NC on Saturday 11/2/13 and Sunday 11/3/13 times depending on your wave
This is a personal challenge like no other that takes place in multiple locations throughout the country, the closest to Myrtle Beach is the Charlotte race. This is a mud run on steroids with 20-25 obstacles designed by British Special Forces. For example…..fight your way through fire, jump 15 ft into freezing cold water, and struggle your way through 10,000 volts of electricity. Tough mudders don’t compare times (in fact they don’t even time you except for a few that qualify for a special race). Also mudders don’t brag, they just acheive. Simply finishing is a badge of honor, if you’re athletic and tough enough to be one of the 78% that typically finish this challenge. The average mudder will finish in 2.25 hours. You can join as a team (teams over 5 members will get a discount), but even if you’re an individual mudder, your fellow mudders will help you through the course, that’s just the way it is. Lot’s of videos on their web site to get an idea of the obstacles. The after party has beer (one free and you can’t bring your own), music, food and free tattoos. Proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. Awards for fastest, best costumes, best mullet and best mohawk (free head shaves too). You must be 18 to participate. You’ll get a shirt, a sweatband and the after party. Spectators must buy a spectator ticket.
Pecan Festival Run Like a Nut 5K/10K/Half Marathon in Florence, SC on Saturday 11/3/12 @ (?9am/9am/8am)
This is being held at Fitness Forum who also is the sponsor. There’s also a 1 mile Fun Run. Use the lockers at Fitness Forum then head over to the Festival after which is free. 55,000 attended the festival last year!
Battleship North Carolina 5K/Half Marathon in Wilmington, NC on Sunday 11/3/13 @ 8:10am/8am
This starts and finishes at the Battleship North Carolina across the river from downtown Wilmington. The 1/2 marathon course takes you over the Cape Fear River, through downtown, around Greenfield Lake and back to the ship. The course is described as “challenging”. There’s an active duty and retired military award category for the 1/2. All runners get to tour the ship for free. 1/2 marathon walkers start at 7am. Expo the day before. The 5K has a local mid-packer award too. You’ll receive 2 free beers then they’re $2. Due to insurance issues, spectators may not purchase beer in 2011. Runners get some free grub, spectators have to pay.
New York City Marathon on Sunday 11/4/12
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the world’s great road races, drawing over 100,000 applicants yearly. In 2009 over 43,000 raced making it the worlds largest marathon ever! The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, not only for the more than $600,000 in prize money, but also for the chance to excel in the media capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and more than 300 million worldwide television viewers. As any one of the nearly 788,000 past participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the great thrills of a lifetime. Entry is not guaranteed, but a lottery ensues every year. Details will be posted on their web site in mid February.
Care Team 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 11/5/11 @ 9:30am …..(This is a no-go in 2012)
This event will be staged at Plyler Park on the corner of North Ocean Boulevard and 11th Avenue North. Care Team’s mission is to empower the community to be able to stop the spread of HIV. There’s also a tot trot. You may walk the 5K. Children under 12 are free! They encourage you to register a team and raise money for this cause. Awards to the individual and team that raises the most money. In 2010 over $10,000 was raised at this event. The course includes the Boardwalk and the Beach!
Governor’s Cup Road Race 8K/Half Marathon in Columbia on Saturday 11/9/13 @ 8:20am/8am
This is one of South Carolina’s marquee running events. There’s also a 4 mile walk and a Kid’s Cup Run and kid’s and company challenges. The race begins in downtown near the State House, takes you through historic neighborhoods such as Five Points and Shandon and ends at the USC horseshoe. There will be entertainment along the course. There’s an uphill finish. I can’t find any info on an after party, but there has to be one!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon/Marathon in Savannah, Ga. on Saturday 11/9/13 wave start times
The 1st Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon took place in San Diego in 1998, it’s been a hit ever since with 16 events now all across the country. This is 4 hours from Myrtle Beach (this is closer that the Virginia Beach event which is in the heat of early September). There will be cheering and live bands every mile and a finish festival and concert. It’s a Boston Marathon qualifier. There will be a 2 day Expo.
Spartan Race 10-12 miles in Winnsboro, SC on Saturday & Sunday 11/9/13 @ 8am
This is an obstacle style adventure run that takes place in other cities too. This takes place at the Carolina Adventure World which is North of Columbia and 3 hours from Myrtle Beach. The park has 100 miles of 4 wheeling and dirt bike trails and it will be these trails along with rivers and mud pits that will used to carve out the race course. Register as an individual or a team. You must be 14 years or older but there are scaled down courses kids can enter. Armed forces and student discount. After party with free music and food and one free beer. You will be timed and can compare yourself against others globally! Spectators are free. Proceeds to Homes for our Troops.
Bald Head Island, NC Maritime Classic 5K/10K on Saturday 11/9/13 both @ (12:30pm)
This Island is about 2 hours North of Myrtle Beach and you must Ferry over to it from the Deep Point Marina in South Port. Here’s a map. There’s also a 1 mile Fun Run. The island is truly a runners paradise, in fact the only mode of transport allowed on the Island is an electric golf cart. The scenery is spectacular including “Old Baldy”, North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse. You may want to bring along the family and purchase a “spectator’s package” that includes the ferry, breakfast and lunch. You may also want to extend your day and rent a golf cart or bike and explore the island.
Run for the Yorktown 5K in Mount Pleasant, SC on Saturday 11/10/12 @ 8am
The boom of an anti-tank gun will start you off, you’ll finish on the pier and the post race party will be on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown. Meals, refreshments and live music. The race will be staged in the Patriot’s Point parking lot.
Run ’til the Cows Come Home 5K in Pawleys Island on Saturday 11/2013 @ (?9am) (it’s a no-go for 2012)
You may also walk the 5K and there are various Tot Trot’s for ages 6 and under.This is staged at the Precious Blood Catholic Church. Proceeds to benefit Outreach Farm which raises beef at no cost to programs that feed the hungry. Awards will be in the form of cowbells!!
Outer Banks Half/Full Marathon in Kitty Hawk, NC on Sunday 11/10/13 @ 7am/7:20am
Kitty Hawk is on the Northern coast of North Carolina. There’s also a Fun Run and a 5K and an 8K on the Saturday before. Do multiple races this weekend and receive a pin. All the courses can also be walked. There’s an Expo on Friday and Saturday. There’s pasta partys on Saturday. This covers the Outer Banks and some of the most beautiful scenery on the East Coast. It’s a Boston Marathon qualifier, this is how qualifying works. Here’s a very cool map of the course that automatically moves from point to point with ground view photos of each point. You’ll start the marathon in Kitty Hawk and make your way to the Wright Brothers Monument. You’ll then run on a trail through Nags Head Nature Preserve.You’ll then pass by hang gliders jumping off the sand dunes. You’ll then cross over a bridge over the Roanoke Sound. You’re now on Roanoke Island where the 1st English colonists settled in 1587. Your journey ends in the small town of Manteo. Along the way you’ll experience bands and entertainment every mile! the 1/2 marathon picks up the 2nd 1/2 of the full marathon course. There’s also a wheelchair division for the 1/2. Post race party in Manteo including music and alcohol and food tents.
Thunder Road Races 5K/Half Marathon/Marathon in Charlotte, NC on Saturday 11/16/13 @ 8:15am/7:45am/7:45am
This race has a car racing theme like a green flag to start and a checkered flag when the last runner finishes. Charlotte is where the NASCAR Hall of Fame is. It’s a Boston Marathon qualifier. There will be music and a ton of entertainment and talented performers along the course.There’s an Expo the day before where you must pick up your packet and you must be registered before race day. A special medal goes to those who complete both the 1/2 and the full marathon. The goody bag is a “virtual goody bag” which is green, but L A M E.” Average high 55 and average low 45. You can pay for VIP seating for your family at the finish line.
Brookgreen Garden Health Point Turkey Trot 5K in Murrells Inlet on Saturday 11/17/12 @ (?8:15am)
This race starts at the welcome center and finishes at the sculpture pavilion. You may also walk the 5K and there’s also a 1 mile family fitness walk and a tot trot (26.2 yards). Thanksgiving themed refreshments at the finish. Proceeds to benefit the Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo. The course winds around the gardens circling some of the sculptures, ponds and zoo.
Race to Save Hearts 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 11/16/13 @ (9am)
This is staged at McLean Park. This race was started by Rachel a special 17 year old at St. James High School. Her mother died of heart disease at the age of 49 in August 2010. Rachel is hosting this 5K near her Mom’s birthday, and will donate the proceeds to the American Heart Association.
Jingle Bell Run 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 11/17/12 @ 2pm
This is taking place at Broadway at the Beach next to the Hard Rock Cafe. This is a race that has multiple locations throughout the country. It’s to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. You can wear a holiday themed costume if you’d like. You’ll be given jingle bells to wear on your shoes. You may walk the courses and there’s a 1 mile and a 3 mile fun run/walk. Costume contest.
Surfside Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K on Thursday 11/28/13 both @ 8:30am?
It will start and finish at Surfside Pier. You may walk both events.There’s also a free Tot Trot and a 1 mile event. This race is organized by a local organization called Festival Promotions. Proceeds to local charities.
Grand Strand Turkey Trot 5K/8K at Market Common in Myrtle Beach on Thursday 11/28/13 both @ 9am?
There’s also a 1 Mile Fun Run around Grand Lake and a Tot Trot for kids under 6. It’s managed by Race Management Systems out of Marion which is the same company that managed the Biggest Loser 5K in Myrtle Beach which was the largest 1st time event in the Carolinas with around 3000 participants. The races conclude along the paved trail around Grand Lake. Grand Park is at 1150 Farrow Parkway. Race day registration takes place at the Base Recreation Center with a short walk to the start line from there. This is race #1 of The Myrtle Beach Race Series!
Turkey Day Run and Gobble Waddle 5 K in Charleston on Thursday 11/28/13 @ 9am?
This is the largest 5K in South Carolina and the 21st largest in the country and 2012 will be the 35th annual in it’s current format, but overall this race is over 100 years old! It is put on by the Knights of Columbus. 2010 was a record year with 5,888 participants from 35 states, Mexico and Canada which allowed the KOC to donate over 37,000 to charities. You may also walk the 5K (the Gobble Waddle). There’s a children’s Fun Run for kids 10 and under following the 5K at Marion Square. It will have 4 age and distance categories and all will get medals. There’s also a stroller division. There will be a costume contest too. Father Parker will be at the start line to say a blessing and sprinkle the runners with Holy Water. The course runs down the peninsula then along the water at Murray Street then back along a parallel street. There’s a post race party including a beer tent and band. The average high on this date is 66 degrees. 75 years old and up register for free and there are 1st responder and family discounts.
Canine 5K in Wilmington, NC on Saturday 12/1/12 @ 8am
This takes place around the loop at Mayfaire Town Center. It’s to benefit 2 organizations, one that teaches prisoners to train service dogs for veterans and one that saves the turtles. There’s also a 1 mile walk/run. You may run/walk with your dog in either race, but you don’t have to have a dog to participate and there will be awards in categories with and without a dog. In 2011 Cosmo the dog finished with a 5:01 pace with his owner in tow!
Charleston Reindeer Run 5K on Saturday 12/1/12 @ 9am
Santa will be there to start this one off with a “Ho, Ho, GO”! Walkers will start at 9:05am. The race starts and ends in front of the Southend Brewery and runs through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston. They had 3200 participants in 2011! It’s to benefit the MUSC Children’s Hospital. This is a pet friendly race and you can register your dog for $10 and get a special “doggie bag” for them. At the end for racers there will be free food, music, drinks (free beer from 9:30-11am) and massages. Then at 11am there’s an after, after party at the Brewery with drink specials and appetizers. There will be a costume contest. The course record was broken in 2010 with a 14:09 time.
Rivertown Reindeer Run 5K in Conway on Saturday 12/7/13 @ 8am
This will wind through some of the prettiest streets in downtown Conway. It begins and ends at the Marina Park. It benefits the coastal South Carolina branch of the American Red Cross. You may also walk the 5K.
Savannah River Bridge Run 5K/10K in Savannah, Ga. on Saturday 12/7/13 @ 8:15am/9am
This is billed as the South’s toughest bridge run (the Cooper River Bridge Run in April has a 4% grade). It crosses the Talmadge Bridge which is a 1.4 mile span and a 5.5% grade 196 ft. above the river. The 5K crosses it once, the 10K twice and “the double pump” does the 5K and the 10K course! There’s also a free 1/4 mile kid’s at the Civic Center that doesn’t involve the bridge. There’s an Expo all day Friday. You may create a 5 person team. There’s a costume contest. You may also walk the courses. The post race party has music and food including free stew and beer and goes until 11:30am.
Knology Pajama Run 5K in Charleston on Saturday 12/8/12 @ 10am
This benefits the MUSC cancer center. Come dressed in your flannel pants, robes, bunny slippers, PJ’s whatever you’d like! Pajama party after with food, drinks and awards for fundraising, best pajamas etc. Takes place in front of Joe Riley Satdium.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon/Full Marathon on Saturday 12/14/13 both @ 8am
The start is at the East Beach Conference Center.There are also wheelchair and mobility impaired divisions. There are race weekend packages available for overnight accomodations, pasta dinner etc. This is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The weather is expected to be somewhere between 40-60 degrees. The Friday before race day you can preview the course by taking a bike ride with your family. This costs $20 and includes use of a bike. It’s the only way to preview the course as the course winds through mostly private neighborhoods. There’s also a free Yoga warm up prior to the race. The half marathon post race party will include food, music and unlimited beer. Family and friends can participate in the party and unlimited beer for $5. There’s a seperate party for full marathoners. Recycled glass medals to all finishers. There’s also a sneaker donation program. Family can also bike most of the course with the runners during the race as long as they stay out of the way.
Race into the New Year 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 12/29/12 @ 8:30am
Takes place at Risen Christ Lutheran School next to Barefoot Landing.