MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Organizers say over 5,000 runners, along with family and friends, will make their way to Myrtle Beach this fall for the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon. The 13.1-mile Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon takes place Sunday, Oct. 20, but race events will be happening throughout the entire weekend.

In addition to the main event, the Grand Strand will play host to a health and fitness expo, the Coastal 5K race, the popular one-mile Doggie Dash and an 80-meter High Heel Run to benefit the Grand Strand Humane Society.

Last year's Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon was a huge success, as 3,800 participants took part, helping to boost tourism numbers as the community eased into what is typically seen as a shoulder season.

"Attendees are coming from all 50 states, and it's the love shown from the city of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau that has helped the Myrtle Beach Mini
Marathon to grow over the years," said Robert Pozo, race founder and director.

This year, the course has been revamped to feature the best of Myrtle Beach and has more than five miles of oceanfront running. With a flat course and only seven turns throughout, this course is the definition of a runner's dream.

The weekend's events will include

  • 2-day Health and Fitness Expo Oct. 18, 2 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
  • Coastal 5k Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m. start time, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
  • One-mile Doggie Dash Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. start time, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
  • 13.1-mile Mini Marathon Oct. 20, 7 a.m. start time, Coastal Grand Mall

For more information on the 2013 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, or to register for the upcoming race, please visit

Editorial Note: Race director Robert Pozo is available for phone interviews. Pozo can be reached at (305)804-3442.

About Continental Event and Sports Management Group LLC

Continental Event and Sports Management Group LLC is a company formed to produce world-class running events. Robert Pozo, Continental founder and president, has more than 14 years of experience in the race production industry, providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities. An athlete himself, Pozo is a founder and race director of the ING Miami Marathon since its inception in 2003. He has also served as executive race director of the ING Georgia Marathon, the Chicago Half Marathon and the 13.1 Marathon Series.

About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit