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@manturuk

Chapel Hill, NC Raving since 2021 Marathon Maniacs #15322 Active 2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 7, 2020 3:47:00

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Past Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Coeur d'Alene, ID May 30, 2021 4:00:10
Marathon Hilton Head Island, SC Jan 16, 2021 4:16:00
Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Mar 7, 2020 3:47:00

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The first half of the marathon course is the most beautiful I've ever seen! The second half (which is the only part the half-marathon runners see) is nice but then … MORE

The first half of the marathon course is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! The second half (which is the only part the half-marathon runners see) is nice but then goes off into a subdivision for a good part of the course. The shirt is absolutely the best race shirt I’ve ever gotten – love it! The aid stations were well-stocked and the volunteers were so wonderful and friendly. There are 3 hills on the full course (one on the half). The first 2 are pretty long but I was fine with the slow incline. The last hill which is on the half-marathon part is in full sun and not as steep but it goes on a long time.

I stayed at the resort and you just walk out the door to be at the start. However, there is plenty of parking so you could stay anywhere in the area and be fine. The weather is perfect here this time of year! Overall, I highly recommend this marathon and am so very glad I got to do it!!

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I expected this to be a really pretty race since it was on an island. However, the vast majority of the course is on inland gravel roads. You run the … MORE

I expected this to be a really pretty race since it was on an island. However, the vast majority of the course is on inland gravel roads. You run the loop twice. There is one sort of scenic part where you run along a boardwalk, and the grounds of the golf resort place are quite pretty. But I found the gravel roads really hard to run on as well as being, well, ugly.

There was one central aid station when I ran it where the course converges from multiple directions. That might have been a covid adjustment? I would not run this course without your own water. I had a support person with a rented golf cart who refilled my water as I ran.

To get to the start, you have to take a ferry. I cannot stress this enough – wear LOTS of warm clothes. It was miserably cold and windy. My hands and feet were painfully numb a good hour before the race even started. That ferry ride was just awful. There is a big tent at the start where you can probably safely leave your winter coats and such.

I would not do this race again, but I met a group there who do it every year and rave about how much they love it. So it seems to appeal to people who want a smaller race with really cold weather.

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This is the flattest marathon in this part of the country; my watch showed 39 feet of elevation in 26.2 miles. I have run it twice and will do it … MORE

This is the flattest marathon in this part of the country; my watch showed 39 feet of elevation in 26.2 miles. I have run it twice and will do it again just for that reason. Run this race when you want a PR or BQ.

The race shirt is not great – heat applied decal on a cheap technical shirt. I didn’t save mine. However, they also give you a finisher tank at the end of the race and that was pretty nice. I still run in mine from 2019. The medals are nice. The expo is dreadful. In 2019 it was in a hotel and it was tiny but fine. In 2020, it was at a Dave & Busters which was super loud. There were no booths or anything. It was clearly an attempt to get runners to buy food and spend money on video games. I hope they go back to a hotel packet pick-up.

The course is not scenic, but it is interesting. You run right down the main drag for a long time so you can look at all the hotels and cheesy boardwalk shops. Myrtle Beach has more pancake houses than anywhere in the country, so much of the route smells like pancakes. The loop through the upscale shopping area usually has crowds with funny signs. There is just one part around mile 19 or 20 that is along a freeway bypass road that is really unattractive. There was plenty of water on the course.

There are many sports where the road slopes down on the sides. Try and stay in the middle or you’ll get some nasty blisters! There is tons are free parking at the race start, so you can stay anywhere in MB and get there just fine. Rates are usually very low this time of year, so it is not an expensive trip to go to this race.

I’ll keep doing this one mostly because the course is just so darn fast!

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