For a few days every February, the streets of Myrtle Beach are transformed into a jungle scene that provides the backdrop to an unforgettable experience.
After being a part of this event, you will understand why thousands of people declare that the Myrtle Beach Marathon is so much more than a marathon. Throughout this site you will get a taste of the wild celebrations that are planned for all of our competitors, both locals and visitors. By making the decision to take part in this unforgettable weekend, you will undoubtedly walk away a changed person. Let’s begin with a quick description of this world-renowned destination:
• Sixty miles of wide, sandy beaches known as the Grand Strand
• Over 1700 dining locations with tons of family-friendly choices
• Over 100 of the best golf courses in the South
• Live entertainment theaters and exciting nightlife
• Cultural activities and historic sites
• Outlet malls, specialty boutiques and specialty stores
• Freshwater, ocean and deep sea saltwater fishing
• Tons of exercise facilities and so much more!
Do you feel like unleashing your inner beast along the edge of a continent? The Myrtle Beach Marathon has partnered with the Rare Species Fund for International Wildlife Conservation to create a weekend filled with wild animal encounters and opportunities to connect with rare species that you’ve only seen on television. Marathon runners are a perfect group to support this cause due to their love of the outdoors and desire to help the endangered and rare species throughout the world. The Myrtle Beach Marathon started as a way for runners to give back! In fact, the Myrtle Beach Marathon emerged from five Myrtle Beach residents’ participation in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” (TNT) program. In becoming a Marathon weekend, more events were added as was support for additional charities. Today, each Marathon event supports one or more charities including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Carolina (since its first event in 1998), the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Horry County Schools.
Beginning in 2013, we have added the Rare Species Fund, a non-profit wildlife conservation group located in Myrtle Beach, SC to the recipient list. Funding for the group is derived from The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) located in Myrtle Beach, SC. T.I.G.E.R.S. houses a stunning group of the world’s most rare and endangered species, some of which you will meet during exciting animal encounters scheduled throughout the three-day event! Let us hear you ROAR!!
*Animal encounters and presentation subject to change depending on weather.
Charities directly benefit in two ways. The marathon contributes a portion of the event registration fee to each supported charity. In addition, each charity raises funds through direct contributions as well as individuals who obtain financial support for participating in marathon events. The charities may also use other fundraising activities such as silent auctions. The Myrtle Beach Marathon is proud to have helped these organizations raise more than $3 million over the last 16 years.