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 .
And if you need event supplies for your race such as balloons, balloon arches, balloon animal artist, paper banners, plates, napkins, cutlery, table cloths, etc then go to PartyMakerSC.com or call 843-293-8507.
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, and race it.
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.
Day 1 Run 5K in Shallotte, NC on Friday 1/1/16 @ 9am
2016 is the 1st annual. Party after in the newly built amphitheater.
Prediction Run 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Friday 1/1/16 @ 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 the Barefoot Resort. Breakfast afterward at the Barefoot Boathouse.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida 5K/10K/Half/Marathon on Thursday 1/7/16-Sunday 1/10/16
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.
Run ’til the Cows Come Home 5K in Pawleys Island on Saturday 1/10/15 @ 9am
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!!
Run for Food 5K/Half Marathon in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday 1/10/15 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.
Charleston 5K/Half Marathon/Full Marathon on Saturday 1/16/16 all @ 8am
There are also a 20, 40 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 1/23/16 both @ 9am
2016 is the 33rd 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.
Beethoven 5K/15K in Brunswick Forest, NC on Sunday 1/25/15 both @ 9am
Calling all band geeks!! This takes place in a neighborhood just 6 miles South of Wilmington. Very picturesque running on paved trails and a boardwalk by the shore. It benefits the Wilmington Symphony. Post race party. Costume awards for those dressed in Beethoven wigs or carrying instruments etc.
Super Sunday 5K/10K in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 2/1/15 both @ 9am
2015 is the 1st annual. It takes place at the Hulk Bike and Run Trail which is at the Southwest corner of where 31 meets Grissom Parkway, here’s a map. There’s also a 1 mile Doggy Dash. Wear your favorite team colors. Stay after for live music, free food and beer. Free tattoos too (for some strange reason).
Krispy Kreme Challenge 5 Mile in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday 2/14/15 @ 8:30am
This “race” raised $200,000 for the local children’s hospital in 2014! They get over 8,000 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.
Almost 9 Miler Trail Run in McClellanville, SC on Saturday 2/14/15 @ 9am
This takes place 1/2 way between Myrtle beach and Charleston in the Buck Hall Recreation area. It runs along a creek and through a forest along the Awendaw Passage Trail of the Palmetto Trail. You’ll see sweeping views of the salt marsh. Home made veggie soup at the end. One unique feature is you will start based on your age/gender.
March for Meals 5K in Cayce, SC on Saturday 2/21/15 @ 9am
For 2015 the course moves to the Timmerman Trail and this will be the 1st race held on the new concrete trail with nice views. It benefits Meals on Wheels.
Citadel Bulldog Challenge 10K in Charleston on Saturday 2/28/15 @ 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 serious 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.
Marion Runfest 5K/10K on Saturday 2/28/15 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. 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 3/1/15 @ 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 for non-runners if you want to attend that event which includes all you can eat oysters and low country food, beer, wine, music, hay rides and kids activities.
Hulk Trail Challenge 10K in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 3/2/14 @ 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.
Myrtle Beach Marathon with a 5K on Friday 3/4/16 @ (7pm) and Half/Full/Relay Marathon on Saturday 3/5/16 all @ (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.
Run Hard Races 5K/Half/Relay/Marathon in Columbia, SC on Saturday 3/7/15 @ 8a/7:30a/7:30a/7:30a
There’s an Expo. Columbia has a rich tradition of running including playing host to the 2000 women’s olympic marathon trials. Ends at the State House.
Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K on Saturday 3/8/14 @ 5:30pm and Half Marathon on Sunday 3/9/14 @ 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 lights. 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.
Loris Elementary School 5K in Loris, SC on Saturday 3/12/16 @ 8am
Catch the Leprechaun 5K in Mount Pleasant, SC on Thursday 3/12/15 @ 6:30pm
This is staged from Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park near 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 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 3/14/15 @ 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 3/14/15 @ 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.
HealthPoint’s Chase the Leprechaun 5K in Pawleys Island on Saturday 3/15/14 @ 7am
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 3/14/15 @ 8:30/8:20am
This is a big race of over 1000 runners, half way between Ocean Isle Beach and Wilmington. 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 3/15/14 @ 9am
This is staged at the Winds Resort Beach Club just across the border. Sponsored by Brunswick County. Beautiful course that parallels the ocean.
St. Patrick’s Day Kilt Run 5K/10K in Murrells Inlet, SC on Sunday 3/14/15 @ 9:25am
This is staged at the Dead Dog Saloon restaurant. You can do the “Double Shot” by completing both races! Door prizes and Bonus prizes if you wear your kilt or St Pats garb. Party after with an Irish breakfast buffet and a drink ticket for all runners and walkers. Plus a band. This benefits the Grand Strand Running Club’s scholarship fund and the local Boys and Girls Club.
Run for the Children 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 3/19/16 @ 8am
This is staged at the Conway Marina and benefits the Children’s Mentoring Program.
St. Patrick’s Day Kilt Run in Murrells Inlet, SC 5K/10K/Double Shot on Sunday 3/20/16 @ 8:25am/9am
This is staged at the Dead Dog Saloon. One of the best places you’ll ever eat at BTW. Race Expo the day before. Wear your kilt or St. Pat’s Day attire if you want, awards for best dressed. Post race breakfast and music. If you want to do the double shot you better finish the 5K quick as it starts 35min later!
Quintiles Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington, NC 5K on Saturday 3/21/15 @ 5pm and Half Marathon/Full Marathon on Sunday 3/22/15 both @ 6:35a
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.
Shamrock 8K on Saturday 3/21/15 @ 7:45am and Half Marathon/Marathon on Sunday 3/22/15 @ 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.
Palmetto State O-Run Team Challenge 4 Miles in Florence, SC on Saturday 3/22/14 wave starts
This is an obstacle course that requires participants to run, climb, push, pull etc. Looks tougher than all the rest! It’s spread over 1,000 acres of wooded terrain. It’s not a mud run intentionally….unless it rains. There are 3 different levels of difficulty to choose from. 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.
Palmetto 200 Mile Relay in Columbia on Friday 3/20/15 @ 6am to Saturday afternoon 3/21/15
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.
Georgia 5K/Half Marathon/Marathon on Sunday 3/22/15 @ 7:30am/7am/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!
Insane Inflatable 5K in Charleston, SC on Saturday 3/26/16 @ 8:30am (1st wave)
This is held at multiple sites throughout the country. It involves running through multiple inflated obstacles and looks like a blast! Check out the video. Fee includes snacks, lunch and admission to the Insane Midway where there’s games, music and food. This event is untimed. I co-promote this race with them so for a $5 discount off you fee use this Promo Code HOLT5.
Race for the Inlet 5K/8K in Murrells Inlet, SC on Saturday 3/26/16 both @ 8am
Run the Oak-lined streets. Breakfast after. Proceeds benefit “Murrells Inlet 2020” dedicated to make it a nice place to live, work and visit.
The Color Run 5K in Columbia, SC on Saturday 3/28/15 @ 10am (1st wave)
This race takes place all over the world and is the single largest event series in the U.S. You will wear white and get blasted by various colors of paint at different parts of the race.
Cooper River Bridge Run 10K in Charleston on Saturday 3/28/15 @ 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.
Darlington Race Weekend in Darlington, SC 5K on Friday 4/1/16 @ 7pm and Half/Marathon on Saturday 4/2/16 @ 7am
This is staged at the famous NASCAR Raceway an hour and 40min from Myrtle Beach, just northwest of Florence. It finishes on the track’s finish line and the Half and full Marathon include a finishing lap on the track. There’s a 1.366 mile dash fun run which is one loop around the track. There’s also a marathon relay.
Run for the Shelter 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 4/2/16 @ 9am
This is staged at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports and Rec Park. It benefits the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach. There’s also a 1 mile dog walk/run and a Doggie Bone Hunt.
Palmetto 5K/Half Marathon in Columbia, SC on Saturday 4/11/15 @ 7:15am/7am
There’s an Expo on Friday. The inaugural in 2010 had over 2,500 runners. They also have a youth half marathon which is unique.
Run Dead Zombie Run 5K in Charleston, SC on Saturday 4/11/15 @ 5pm
This takes place at Legare Farms. There’s a petting zoo and playground for the kids. Enter as a zombie or runner. Prizes for top finishing runners and zombies who capture the most flags. All ages welcome.
US Marine Corp Ultimate Challenge Mud Run 10K in Columbia on Saturday 4/11/15 with wave start times
This race is so huge they are running 2, one in April and one in November. Capped at 2,400 teams of 2 or 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. 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.
Hound Hustle 5K/10K in Brunswick Forest, NC on Sunday 4/12/15 @ 8:05am/8am
This takes place in a neighborhood just 6 miles South of Wilmington. It benefits the local vet hospital. There’s also a 1mile trot with spot at 7:40am. All the races may be run with or without a canine. Many pet related vendors at the after party.
Divas 5K/Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach on Sunday 4/12/15 @ 7am/7:10am
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 at Bay Watch Resort.
Goodwill Mud Run 3.5 miles in Greenville, SC on Saturday 4/18/15 @ 7am(1st wave)
They also may be one in September. A mud and guts obstacle course requiring running, jumping, climbing and slogging.Your team of 2-4 will help each other get through over many 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.
Oak Island Lighthouse Run 5K/10K/Half Marathon in Caswell Beach, NC on Saturday 4/18/15 all @ 8:30am/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.
Run for the Children 5K in Garden City, SC on Saturday 4/16/16 @ 8:30am
Put on by the Garden City Chapel and Retreat. To benefit underpriviledged children. Proceeds go to house kids at the retreat, many of whom are seeing the ocean for the first time in their lives. Come run the beautiful course that takes you across 2 bridges over the Inlet
Flying Pirate in Kitty Hawk, NC 5K on Saturday 4/18/15 @ 7:30am and Half Marathon on Sunday 4/19/15 @ 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. Celebrate pirate style with a grog of ale, music and a few thousand scallywags.
Quarry Crusher Run 3.72 miles in Columbia, SC on Saturday 4/18/15 @ 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.
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.
Boston Marathon on Monday 4/20/15 with wave starts
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).
Fast and Furriest 5K in Georgetown, SC on Saturday 4/23/16 @ 9am
This is staged at East Bay Park in Georgetown. Proceeds benefit the unwanted and homeless dogs and cats or Georgetown County. You may run or walk with your dogs. There’s also a festival with music, food, games etc.
Johnsonville Classic 5K in Johnsonville, SC on Saturday 4/30/16 @8am
Johnsonville is an hour inland from Myrtle Beach. This is a missions fundraiser for Westside FWB church. The race is staged at the Prosser Law Firm.
S.E.A.S. Beach and Boardwalk 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 5/3/14 @ 8am
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. Pancake breakfast after near the skywheel.
Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Run 10K/20K/50K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 5/2/15 @ 7am
This takes place at the Horry County Bike and Run Park AKA “The Hulk”. It is not flat, it’s full of hills. Very challenging.
Waterbridge 5K in Carolina Forest, S.C. on Saturday 5/3/14 @ 9am
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! It is sponsored by Krispy Kreme so you will get a dozen doughnuts at the finish.
Burro Loco Stashe Dash 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 5/2/15 @ 9am
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. Largest team drinks for free! This is on 17 bypass between highway 501 and Broadway at the Beach.
Little River May 5K in Little River, SC on Saturday 5/7/16 @ 8am
The race starts and ends at the riverfront on Mineola Ave.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 5K in Myrtle Beach on Sunday 5/8/16 @ 9am
This is staged at Senor Frogs Restaurant at Broadway at the Beach. Party afterward with a Mexican themed breakfast buffet included and beer/margaritas and door prizes. There’s also a fun run involving multiple local mascots.
Girls on the Run 5K in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday 5/9/15 @ 9am
This takes around Grand Park in Market Common. It’s put on by an organization empowering girls to be their best! They even have a training program for your child.
Fund This Rock 5K in Conway, SC on Saturday 5/14/16 @ 9am
This takes place around Lake Busby. It’s to support the Juniper Bay Baptist Church.
Zombie Escape at Panic Point 5K in Youngsville, NC on Saturday 5/16/15 @ 8:45 (1st wave)
This is a mud run with over 15 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.
RiverDogs “Run Forrest Run” 5K in Charleston on Saturday 5/16/15 @ 4pm
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 game that night. Race awards will be given out during the game. You will also be treated to an after party.
Run Sunset Beach 5K/Half Marathon in Sunset Beach, NC on Sunday 5/16/15 @ 8am/7am
There also is a 1 mile race. The 5K takes runners out to the “kindred spirit” mailbox on Bird Island which is this bizarre solitary mailbox in the middle of nowhere that you only can access from the beach. You may drop your own inspirational (or funny) message in the box as you run by. The half marathon will feature a breathtaking course that takes you all over the island and over/under bridges and through Seatrail Resort. Family friendly after party. To benefit the local turtle rescue efforts.
Kind Keepers Animal Rescue 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 5/21/16 @ 9am
This is to benefit Kind Keepers Animal Rescue and Grooming. They depend on events like these for the animals they rescue. Animals are welcome to participate.
Military Appreciation Days 5K in Market Common Myrtle Beach on Saturday 5/24/14 @ 7:30am (doesn’t look like it’s on for 2015)
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!
Memorial Day Run 5K at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC on Sunday 5/24/15 @ 6pm
Race fee includes admission to the gardens. It’s unique in that in winds through the beautiful gardens at Brookgreen off 17 in the evening.
Dirty Myrtle Mud Run 3 Miles in Carolina Forest, SC on Saturday 5/23/15 with events starting @ 9am
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 team categories. 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.
Stand Up Step Out Against Domestic Violence 5K in Pawleys Island on Saturday 5/28/16 @ 8am
Beach Bum Run 5K in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday 5/30/15 @ 7:30am
This is staged in the old Pavilion site at 9th Ave and the Boardwalk. You’ll run on the boardwalk and the beach. It coincides with a cool athletic event called the Salt Games that will be taking place at the beach full of Cross Fit stuff. After you’ll get continental breakfast and drink tix at Moe Moons Beach Bar. Beer trailers will also open at 10am…..yup 10am.
Conway Rotary Vidalia Onion 5k in Conway, SC on Saturday 5/30/15 @ 8am
This starts at the Marina and winds through this quaint town. Proceeds help the Rotary fund scholarships for local colleges. Vidalia onions for sale afterward.
Warrior Dash 3.08 Miles in Huntersville, NC on Saturday 6/6/15 with wave start times
These races take place all over the country. the closest one to Myrtle Beach in 2015 is this one just North of Charlotte. This is billed as America’s most INSANE race. 12 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.
Crusader Classic 5K in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday 6/11/16 @ 7:30am
This is staged in Valor Park at the Market Common and benefits St. Andrews Church’s School.
Firefighters Foundation 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 6/13/15 @ 8am
This takes place in the Market Common and will wind around the beautiful Grand Park lakes. It benefits the SC Firefighters Assoc and is in conjunction with a local conference event so many firefighters will be racing and a few fire trucks will be displayed.
Independence Day Freedom Run 5K/8K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 7/4/15 both @ 7am
Lots of prize money! There’s also a 1 mile race. Will start and finish at Grand Park in Market Common.
Color Vibe Run 5K in Myrtle Beach on Saturday 7/18/15 @ (9am?)
OK, this race is just bizarre, and you might want to wear a surgical mask unless you want to be coughing up Technicolor for 2 weeks. It’s staged at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. You will run through various color zones along the course where you will get blasted with different colored powders. At the end there’s a dance party and that’s where you’ll throw your color packet all over yourself, your friends and especially your enemies.
Fight For Air Climb in North Charleston on Saturday 7/26/14 @ 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.
Springdale Sunset 5K in Camden, SC on Saturday 8/8/15 @ 8am
This is a really cool town that is 2.25 hrs from Myrtle Beach. The course finishes with the last 1/2mi on the grass of the hallowed Springdale steeplechase horse race course. To benefit the United Way. You can race with your dog. Spectators can watch from the grandstand. Tailgaiting in the parking lot is encouraged.
Francis Marion Dirt Dash 12K/Half Marathon in Awendaw, SC on Saturday 8/29/15 both @ 7am
This is part of Eagle Endurances Events. 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. The 12K is 7.5 miles. Proceeds to support the Mount Pleasant Fire Department’s wilfire fighting program.
Go Jump in the Lake 5K in Southport, NC on Sunday 8/31/14 @ 8am
This takes place on Labor Day weekend. They know it’s hot, so at the end they encourage you to jump in Spring Lake!
Brunswick Family Assistance 5K/10K in Sunset Beach, NC on Saturday 9/6/14 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.
GoRuck Light Challenge Adventure Event 7-10 miles over 4-5 hours in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday 9/5/15 @ Noon
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. They have multiple events worldwide with multiple levels of difficulty so keep an eye on their calendar. To finish is the challenge. You will come with a number of bricks with the number 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. It’s described as more mental than physical. There are local Cross Fit organizations you can hook up with to train for this event. Every course is different depending on the City it’s hosted in.
Run for the Heroes on the Home Front 5k in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 9/10/16 @ 8am
This is to support military spouses. It takes place at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.
Run Holden Beach 5K/Half Marathon in Holden Beach, NC on Saturday 9/12/15 both @ 7am
There’s a post race party after. To benefit the local save the turtles organization.
SunBare Whispers 5K in Ocean Isle, NC on Saturday 9/12/15 @ 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 race participants over 18yo. 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!!?? 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 to sit on, bug spray and sunscreen recommended.
Wounded Warrior 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 9/12/15 @ 8am
Starts and finishes at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Cross Country style race. Proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.
BFF Pink Ribbon Run 5K/10K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 9/17/16 @ 8am/9am
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. Very family friendly event. Do both races to complete the double bling challenge!
Children’s Recovery Center 5K in Murrells Inlet, SC on 9/24/16 @ 8am
This is staged at Morse Park. It benefits a center for abused children.
Mullins Lions Run for Sight 5K in Mullins, SC on Saturday 9/27/14 @ 8am
This race has been going on for over 3 decades! It’s directly east of Florence and a little over an hour from Myrtle Beach. Door prizes and everyone gets a coupon for a free subway sub. Believe it or not after searching around I still couldn’t find what this race specifically sponsors, I guess they want to keep it a mystery, but it must have something to do with the visually impaired.
Phantom Rush at Panic Point 2mi in Youngsville, NC on Saturday 9/27/14 @ 6:30p (1st wave)
This is a haunted glow run just north of Raleigh. There are 3 different waves to chose from based on scare level, even one for the wee ones with no scares. There’s also a Zombie shooting gallery available. BBQ and beers at end.
Octoberfest 5K/15K in Brunswick Forest, NC on Sunday 9/27/15 both @ 8am
This takes place in a neighborhood just 6 miles South of Wilmington. After party on the pool deck with food, music, prize drawings and free beer. Nice course with a combination of paved and wooded trails and a long boardwalk.
Wipeout Run 5K in Atlanta, Ga on Saturday 10/3/15 with wave start times
This is an untimed race based on the TV show. It looks like a total blast like the show. You will navigate various obstacles including plenty of punish-inducing balls. There are multiple locations around the country.
Loris Elementary School 5K on Saturday 10/3/15 @ 8am
Help the kids make it to Washington DC.
Run Ocean Isle Beach 5K/Half Marathon in Ocean Isle, NC on Saturday 10/3/15 both @ 7am
There’s an after party to support “Paws-A-Bility”.
Isle of Palms Connector Run for the Child 5K/10K near Charleston on Saturday 10/3/15 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 and lie music and a complementary beer garden.
Sunset at Sunset Beach Run 5K in Sunset Beach, NC on Saturday 10/4/14 @ 8am
This is just across the border in North Carolina.You will cross the Mannon Gore Bridge. Impressive views. 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 10/4/14 @ 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 10/5/14 @ 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.
Muddy Oyster Mud Run 3mi in Tabor City, NC on Saturday 10/11/14 @ 8am
This is part of an ongoing mud race series called True Mudd. This is 30min from Myrtle Beach. Challenging course with 30 obstacles. Smaller course for the kids.
Midlands Elementary School 5K on Saturday 10/10/15 @am
This race is between Coway and Florence in Galivants Ferry, SC. Proceeds to benefit a scholarship fund.
Bridge 2 Bridge Run 5K/12K/Half Marathon in Georgetown, SC on Saturday 10/10/15 @ 7:45am/7:30am/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. Average high 81 degrees for this date. Post race party in Francis Marion Park.
Buzzard Island Adventure Run 2 mile/4 mile in Okatie, SC on Sunday 10/11/15 both @ 9am
This is near Hilton Head. 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.
Chicago Marathon in Grant Park on Sunday 10/11/15 @ (7:30am) 1st wave
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.
Muddy Oyster in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday 10/10/15 @ (9am?)
This is a mud run with multiple obstacles.
Race for the Cure 5K in Daniel Island, SC on Saturday 10/17/15 @ (7am?)
This race occurs near Charleston at Family Circle Stadium. 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 10/17/15 @ 8:15am/7:30am/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.
Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon with a 5K on Saturday 10/17/15 @ 7:30am(1st wave) and Half Marathon on Sunday 10/18/15 @ 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 surfboard shaped medal at the end…..how cool is that??!! This course is flat and fast. Post race beach party and concert. 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 Fest 5K/10K in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Sunday 10/18/15 @ 8am/7:30am
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!
Ray Tanner Home Run 5K/12K in Columbia on Saturday 10/24/15 @ (8:30am/8am)
OK Game Cock fans, don’t miss this one!! This supports University of South Carolina Athletic Director 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, mascot 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 through the tunnel 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, PB&J, cake, snowcones and fruit.
Tough Mudder 10-12 miles in Mount Pleasant, NC on Saturday 10/25/14 and Sunday 10/26/14 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 this one near Charlotte. Sign up for either day. 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.
Chauncey’s Night 5K at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC on Friday 10/30/15 @ 7:30pm
This starts and ends at Brooks Stadium where you’ll finish on the field while seeing yourself on the video board. You will run through the beautiful campus at night. Your t-shirt will glow in the dark so others can see you! Other glow in the dark items will be in your race packet too. You may also wear your own glow in the dark costume if you wish. You also will get a ticket to a future CCU football game (unless you’re a CCU student). After party with music outside the stadium.
Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach, Va. on Saturday 10/31/15 @ 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. 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.
New York City Marathon on Sunday 11/1/15
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 2014 over 50,000 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.
Running Dead 5K in Carolina Forest, SC on Sunday 11/1/15 @ 5pm
This is staged at the Carolina Forest Rec Center. Apparently race details are a secret because the webpage has no details posted unfortunately.
Holly’s Hope 5k in Conway, SC on Saturday 11/7/15 @ 8:30am
This takes place around Lake Busbee. Proceeds to help fight Leukemia and other blood cancers. Funds stay local. Named after Holly, a school nurse who unfortunately lost her 3wk battle in 2013 but her legacy lives on in helping others win their battle through this race!
Pecan Festival Run Like a Nut 5K/10K/Half Marathon in Florence, SC on Saturday 11/7/15 @ (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!
Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, NC 5K/10K on Saturday 11/7/15 @ 9:30am/7:30am and Half Marathon/Full Marathon on Sunday 11/8/15 @ 7am/7:20am
Kitty Hawk is on the Northern coast of North Carolina. 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. Post race party in Manteo including music and alcohol and food tents.
Rock ‘n’ Roll in Savannah, GA Half Marathon/Marathon on Saturday 11/7/15 @ 7am and 5K on Sunday 11/8/15 @1pm
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.
Battleship North Carolina 5K/Half Marathon in Wilmington, NC on Sunday 11/8/15 @ 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. Expo the day before. Race Party after.
Governor’s Cup Road Race 8K/Half Marathon in Columbia on Saturday 11/8/14 @ 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!
Bald Head Island, NC Maritime Classic 5K/10K on Saturday 11/8/14 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 11/8/14 @ 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.
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.
Thunder Road Races 5K/Half Marathon/Marathon in Charlotte, NC on Saturday 11/14/15 @7:45am/7:30am/7:30am
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. Average high 55 and average low 45. You can pay for enclosed warm VIP seating for your family at the finish line which is highly unique.
Turtle Strut 5K in Pawleys Island, SC on Saturday 11/14/15 @ 8am
Start and finish at Pavilion Park next to the Town Hall. Course along the marsh. This has been a long standing race for over 20yrs!
Spartan Race 8-10 miles in Winnsboro, SC on Sunday 11/15/15 both @ 7:30am (1st wave)
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. After party with free music and food and beer. You will be timed and can compare yourself against others globally!
Minds on the Run 5K in Pawleys Island, SC on Sunday 11/15/15 @ 12:30pm
This is to promote education and fitness. It involves many public and private schools in the area.
Race to Save Hearts 5K in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday 11/21/15 @ 9am
This is staged at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. 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 11/22/14 @ 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 11/26/15 both @ 8:30am
It will start and finish at Surfside Pier. Ocean views! 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. Over 1000 runners!
Grand Strand Turkey Trot 5K/8K at Market Common in Myrtle Beach on Thursday 11/26/15 both @ (9am?, says different times in different places)
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.
Turkey Day Run and Gobble Waddle 5 K in Charleston, SC on Thursday 11/26/15 @ 9am
This is the largest 5K in South Carolina and the 28st largest in the country and this race is over 100 years old! It is put on by the Knights of Columbus. 2013 was a record year with 6,558 finishers. 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.
Charleston Reindeer Run 5K on Saturday 12/6/14 @ 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! 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, SC on Saturday 12/5/15 @ 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. You may wear your holiday attire!
Savannah River Bridge Run 5K/10K in Savannah, Ga. on Saturday 12/5/15 @ 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 11:45am.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon/Full Marathon on Saturday 12/12/15 both @ 8am
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 12/26/15 @ 8:30am
Fund raiser for the Risen Christ Lutheran School where the race finishes. It starts in the parking lot next to Greg Norman’s Grille in Barefoot Landing.