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The 15th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is almost here!

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The 15th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is almost here and this year the weekend long event is expected to draw upwards of 8,000 participants. More importantly, since its inception, the Marathon has successfully raised almost 3 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina and the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross. There are several other events and functions that surround the Marathon that are open to people of all ages as well.

Log on to www.mbmarathon.com for participation information.

The Spirit Airlines Runners Expo - 5PM to 9PM, 2/16/12 and 11AM to 9PM, 2/17/12
This event is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and is free and open to the public. Marathon and runners merchandise will be available to purchase at vendor and sponsor booths.

Ripley’s Family Fun Run – 5:30PM 2/17/12
This 1 mile race around the Aquarium helps raise money for our local schools. Although no individual times are recorded a race clock is present at the finish line and a “Traveling Trophy” is awarded to the school with the largest participation annually. Seaside Elementary in Garden City has won this award every year!

Ripley’s Aquarium Jr. Post Race Party – 6PM to 8PM 2/17/12
Located in Ripley’s Aquarium, Broadway at the Beach, this is a time for all participants of the Fun Run to celebrate. Light refreshments will be served.

RBC Bank 5K – 7PM 2/17/12
This all age 5 mile race starts at 29th Ave. North side at Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach and conclude at BBT Coastal Federal Field on 21st Ave. North.  Awards will be presented to the top three Male and Female RBC Bank 5K finishers in the age groups 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.

Dasani Half Marathon – 6:30AM 2/18/12
This event starts at Broadway at the Beach and continues to Ocean Boulevard (right past the Palace Resort) and into Market Commons, giving the participants a great view of our coastline, before returning to Broadway at the Beach.  Awards will be presented to the top three Male and Female Dasani Half Marathon finishers in the age groups 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.

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