Race Information for the 2023 Myrtle Beach Marathon
The Myrtle Beach Marathon has been a long-standing winter event in the Grand Strand and 2023 serves as its 26th year in Myrtle Beach. It draws in thousands of visitors from all over the country and is a qualifier for the very popular Boston Marathon. The Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend is jam-packed with excitement for everyone and includes a Family Fun Fun, 5K race, Half Marathon, and Marathon. Here’s a breakdown with everything you need to know about the Myrtle Beach Marathon events. Some details have yet to be released so stay tuned for more information!
Races and Events
The 2023 Myrtle Beach Marathon will be held Saturday, March 4. Bibs will be mailed prior to the race day. The other swag will be received at the finish line.
The Myrtle Beach Marathon and Half Marathon are the first races of the day on Saturday, March 4. The Marathon start time is 7:00 a.m. with a 6:55 a.m. start time for crankchair and wheelchair participants. Marathon runners will have pace groups in 15-minute increments beginning at 3 hours through five hours and thirty minutes. Half Marathon will start 10 minutes after the Marathon start and pace groups will range from 1 hour and 30 minutes to three hours. The half marathon course will close at 11:00 a.m. and the marathon course will close at 1:30 p.m. Medals will be awarded to all participants at the finish line.
The Myrtle Beach 5K will begin at 8 a.m. at the same starting position as the Marathon, which is different from previous years.
The Family Fun Run is a one-mile race open to all ages! It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 at Broadway at the Beach. More details will be released soon!
Sign up for a Virtual 10K for an additional $20 to be completed between February 17 through March 4, 2023 and you’ll be eligible for the Myrtle Beach Marathon Double when you run another race on March 4. This scores you an additional medal!
Overall awards and age groups awards will be presented to the top three male and female runners after the race finish for the Myrtle Beach Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K races. A post-race party will be held inside Pelicans Stadium with beer, pizza, and plenty of fun.
The Myrtle Beach Marathon features a “flat and fast” course through some of the Grand Strand’s most popular areas. The Myrtle Beach Marathon will start near the intersection of Robert M. Grissom Parkway at 21st Avenue North with the finish line in the parking lot at Pelicans Stadium. The marathon starts at 7:00 a.m. Runners will head south down Kings Highway through The Market Common and then all the way up Ocean Boulevard to the Dunes section of Myrtle Beach. Enjoy views of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and Boardwalk, beachfront hotels, and Thunderbolt Park at The Market Common along your race course.
The Myrtle Beach Half Marathon will start and end in the same location as the marathon course. The start time is at 7:00 a.m. The course winds south down Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, through The Market Common and north up Ocean Boulevard to Mr. Joe White Avenue where you’re just a short distance to the finish at the ballpark.
This year, the 5K race will also begin at the starting spot of the Marathon and Half Marathon and will track to the Boardwalk and back to the Pelicans Stadium.
The Family Fun Run will begin and end at The Hangout at Broadway at the Beach and is set to start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023. Parents – join your little ones for this fun half-mile run.
Conditions and Course Information
Water stops will be located every two miles along the race course: miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11.5, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, and 25.
There will also be medical stations at the start and finish lines, as well as throughout the course.
Restrooms will be available every two to three miles. Food stations are located at mile 14 and 22 with a variety of GU flavors as well as at the finish line.
The average low temperature in May in Myrtle Beach is around 47 degrees with highs near 65 degrees. Typically, the area gets about 13 days of rain on average in the month of March.
Places to Stay for the Myrtle Beach Marathon Weekend
2006 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Breakers Resort is located just north of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and a short distance from Pelicans Stadium. The oceanfront resort offers a variety of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom rentals within its eight properties. The indoor pools and bubbling Jacuzzis are the perfect spots to soak after finishing one of the races of the weekend. Fill up with breakfast at Papa’s Restaurant or grab something and go from Starbucks or Ben and Jerry’s – all located within the property.
Bay View on the Boardwalk
504 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
Bay View on the Boardwalk is the perfect resort for those who will be joining the Family Fun Run. The resort offers amenities that children will enjoy like the Outdoor Splash Deck, indoor pools, and lazy river. Families can rest comfortably after the race in any of the luxurious condominiums that vary in sizes from one-bedroom suites to its four-bedroom penthouse. The resort is a short walk from Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade where guests can shop, get on carnival rides, and try delicious food from several restaurants.