MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Whispering Pines Golf Course, located at 900 Harrelson Blvd, in Myrtle Beach.

The City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome over 3,000 youth athletes and their families for a weekend of competition and camaraderie.

Whispering Pines features several elevation changes that offer excellent views all around the course, which is located just a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean.
Competition takes place in five two-year age divisions, with competitors ranging between 7 and 18 years old. The top 25 finishers in each two-year age group will earn All-American status.

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The USATF race is just the latest in a series of upcoming events that highlight the growth of sports tourism in the Myrtle Beach area.

The 34th Annual Beach Ball Classic returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, 2014. The premier holiday basketball tournament showcases the nation's top high school teams and future NBA standouts. Former players have included Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton.

Looking ahead to next year, the 18th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon will make race enthusiasts fall in love with running all over again when they take off from the starting line on Feb. 14, 2015.

A race that specializes in girl power, the Divas Half Marathon and 5K Series, returns to North Myrtle Beach on April 12, 2015.

Additionally, construction on the new Myrtle Beach Sports Center continues on schedule for an anticipated opening in March 2015.

The complex will include space for eight basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts, a café and retail area, an entertainment zone and seating capacity for 1,500 to 2,000 spectators. It is also configurable for numerous indoor sports.

When it is completed, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center will join Grand Park at The Market Common and the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex as the latest state-of-the-art facilities capable of hosting large numbers of sporting events and teams in the Myrtle Beach area.