Race Information for the 2021 Myrtle Beach Marathon
The Myrtle Beach Marathon has been a long-standing winter event in the Grand Strand and 2021 serves as its 24th 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 Runners Expo, 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.
Races and Events
The 2021 Myrtle Beach Marathon will be held Saturday May 1st. There will be no Health and Wellness Expo this year. 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, May 1st. The Marathon start time is 7 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 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 virtual this year.
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.
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 7AM. 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 7:10AM, just 10 minutes after the start of the full marathon. 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 in the outfield at the Pelicans Ballpark and end outside of the stadium at the same finish line as the other races.
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 five medical stations along the marathon course. Miles 5, 11.5, 14, 18, 22.
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 55 degrees with highs near 80 degrees. This is quite a bit warmer than Myrtle Beach Marathon runners might be used to, so please keep yourself hydrated. Typically, the area gets just seven to eight days of rain on average in the month of May.
Places to Stay for the Myrtle Beach Marathon Weekend
Breakers Resort at 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. It also serves as one of the host hotels for the Myrtle Beach Marathon participants. 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.
South Bay Inn & Suites at 520 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
South Bay Inn and Suites is a new hotel located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk – perfect for quick access to the race courses. The hotel offers beautifully decorated one- and two-bedroom rentals with city or ocean views in a variety of room layouts comfortable for all families. South Bay Inn is home to a large indoor water park with a kiddie play area, two large waterslides and an indoor pool. Soak in one of three amazing hot tubs after your race or relax on your balcony and listen to the waves crashing in. Other perks include valet parking, complimentary breakfast and room service.