MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Registration for the 2014 Myrtle Beach Marathon is open, and running enthusiasts can take advantage of discounted fees.

Those planning to participate are encouraged to register early for discounted rates. Registration can be completed online by going to

For runners wanting to partner with friends, family or co-workers, they can sign up for a marathon relay. These teams can consist of two to five participants. A registration limit of 300 teams has been established, so sign up your group soon.

The 17th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. It is preceded by a full weekend of activities that kick off on Feb. 13. One of them is the Neon Night 5K that will take off from Broadway at the Beach on Feb. 14.

Participants will notice some changes for the upcoming race weekend. One is an expanded course time limit of seven hours. Runners will also be allowed to use headphones, although it is done at their own risk.  

Marathon organizers have once again partnered with the Rare Species Fund and The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) located in Myrtle Beach.  T.I.G.E.R.S. houses an amazing assortment of rare and endangered animals, and many of them will be present throughout race weekend.

A complete listing of times and events can be found on the marathon website.

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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