Runners flock from all over the country to participate in the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon race weekend, and I’ve never once been surprised when they all show up in town. The surfing themed half marathon is popular for many reasons. The course is scenic, flat and fast, the October weather in the Myrtle Beach area is as perfect as it gets, and all of the events take place in one of America’s favorite beach destinations. (I’m a little biased in favor of that last point.)

The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon kicks off Friday, October 19, 2018, with the annual Health and Fitness Expo at Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium in Myrtle Beach. The Coastal 5k and Doggie Dash will take place Saturday, October 20, at The Market Common, and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon happens on Sunday, October 21. The mini-marathon starting line is in the Dillard’s Parking Lot at Coastal Grand Mall and finish line is at Plyler Park along Ocean Boulevard. The mini marathon begins at 7 a.m. and features over five miles of oceanfront running.

Following the race, participants can easily take a swim in the ocean or just enjoy the post-race party and beer garden at Plyler Park in downtown Myrtle Beach. While the beer garden is for race participants only, there will be live entertainment on stage at Plyler Park for all spectators. I’ve been in the past as a spectator a couple times and always had a blast. We’ve also participated in the Coastal 5k and Doggie Dash in the past and loved it, but next year’s goal is to run the mini marathon!

For more information and a detailed lineup of race weekend events, check out their website at www.runmyrtlebeach.com.