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Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
3.8
(11 Ratings)  (11 Reviews)
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This amazing half marathon is a South Carolina Dream! Three race experiences are offered along with a GoRuck option for the 5K and/or Half Marathon! The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon™ boasts over 5 miles of oceanfront running. The Coastal 5K runs through beautiful Market Common. The Doggie Dash makes one … MORE
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    dfrechette VOLUNTEER '22

    This is a beautiful course with over five miles of ocean. The free photos by the sky wheel and finish line are an awesome bonus. Having the expo at the … MORE

    This is a beautiful course with over five miles of ocean. The free photos by the sky wheel and finish line are an awesome bonus. Having the expo at the Hangout in Broadway at the Beach was a lot of fun and cool to check out.

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    arosefreeman FIRST-TIMER '22

    I have been running half marathons for years and I volunteer in multiple races each year. It was very disheartening not to be given water by the race until mile … MORE

    I have been running half marathons for years and I volunteer in multiple races each year. It was very disheartening not to be given water by the race until mile nine. The first stop had NO water! When I asked how far till the next water stop everyone had a different answer. The second stop only had pickle juice, no water. I had to ask a sanitation worker if he had any water when I started becoming dehydrated. If you are not going to have enough hydration then you should encourage runners to carry their own. I reviewed your site and registration information and there is nothing saying to bring your own water. The volunteers were doing their best in a hard situation. The corse was very pretty and I liked finishing on the board walk. The medal was very appeasing. My only true issue with this race was the limited hydration.

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    Malkinphillips FIRST-TIMER '22

    The medal was awesome! The water stations were fun with people dressed up but the first stop had run out of water. How can that even be?! This really screwed … MORE

    The medal was awesome! The water stations were fun with people dressed up but the first stop had run out of water. How can that even be?! This really screwed with my performance, as I had no water until almost 6 miles. And to see hundreds of water bottles thrown to the ground almost full was wasteful and just a tease to those of us with no water. The water was full water bottles as well. I would recommend the mini bottles as the full is way too much and more difficult to carry. I was also shocked the expo had nothing there. I was expecting a lot of fun and vendors there! There was also not enough port a John’s at the start and especially along the race. Thankfully I did not need any during the race but several people were on a line for a single port a John!

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    kellijolowe REPEAT RUNNER '22

    It is so sad what happened to this race. It used to be a great one. Originally meant to be part of a training plan for a marathon and ended … MORE

    It is so sad what happened to this race. It used to be a great one. Originally meant to be part of a training plan for a marathon and ended up being a trial for a friend’s injured foot. Eeek!

    Course – It is different than in the past. I like the start and finish being near each other and not having to board a bus to get back to my car. The finish on the boardwalk is still nice, and the stretch along the beach is still nice.

    Support – With more than 200 runners to go, the first stop -at mile 3- was out of water. The 2nd stop – at mile 6- only had pickle juice and rude Lulu girls handing it out. I felt so bad for the volunteers who kept apologizing for being out of water, and the directors should be ashamed they put those people in that position. Water does not go bad. Buy 8 oz bottles next time to cut down on waste if you must have bottled water, and multiply runners times 2. Police officers bought water and handed it out from their bikes and confronted the staff at the finish – we overheard this personally. The race did not have water for those back of packers until mile 9, and by then many had dropped. Never saw the last water stop.
    Finish line – You finish on the boardwalk, on the beach. Your medal was in a bag with a granola bar and nutra grain bar. If you wanted your beer, you either had to walk a few blocks and cross a multi-lane highway or get in your car and drive to the finisher party, dehydrated. Can’t speak to the finisher party as we left because we were done.
    Race communication was good, however, the information was conflicting and misleading. The website listed different cutoff times than the email, and there were grumblings at the start and confused people. It appears as if there were lots of DNF, and I can only guess it was partially due to lack of hydration, which was not their fault. The expo touted in the emails was nowhere to be found, and we arrived at packet pickup on Saturday at 2 – way too early for any vendor to shut down as it was to end at 6 or 6:30.

    Swag – the medal is pretty and appears to have something to do with breast cancer awareness although I am not sure of the connection. Did they donate some proceeds? Did they fundraise? I was expecting a medal/bottle opener hybrid as has been in prior years. The shirt is white, ugh. I get that you are stuck with what is available at this time when planning for quantities, but you can’t tell me the vendor only had white available. That is a personal preference and not race issue. There was also a throwaway string bag, and Publix was kind enough to provide a thermal bag at the finish that held the medal, granola, and nutra grain bars. Definitely won’t be back, and definitely had to apologize to the friend that I brought to the race with tales of the great race it was before.
    Race directors sent an email that said “We are aware of the water shortage at a couple of the stations and sincerely apologize for that error.” Well, there were only THREE water stations and one pickle juice station. So, folks, that means there was only ONE water station for 13 miles. What RDs need to do is provide those DNF people with something to makeup for their lack of planning. Such a shame.

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    dawnwhite Oct 17, 2022 at 11:23am

    Hi there, I am sorry you had such a poor experience at the race but I did want to clarify a few items. Water Stations: We had 4 water stations… MORE

    Hi there, I am sorry you had such a poor experience at the race but I did want to clarify a few items. Water Stations: We had 4 water stations not 3 and always encouraged participants to carry water with them as well. I've been directing races for 10 years and this is the first time we've run out of water. It was totally an oversight on my part and we are going to make sure it doesn't happen again. Once we realized what was happening, myself and some others did our best to get water to those on course and were able to intercept many that did not get water at the stops. The last water station was across from the Skywheel. Volunteers: If you can imagine being fussed/cussed at for something that wasn't your fault by several people, I'm sure you would have been frustrated as well. Those volunteers were doing the best they could with what was going on. Non-Profits: We had 4 non-profits for this race and if you kept up with our website and facebook pages, you would have seen posts about those organizations and that we were partnering with them. Even during your registration process, you were asked if you'd like to make an additional donation to go directly to them. And, yes we did donate to them, during the post race party, we had a check presentation for the running club and we announced the donation for Caring In Our Lifetime...that check presentation will be at BMW of Myrtle Beach in the near future. Post Race Party: The location of the party and beer was basically right across from the parking garage that most used for the race. In year's past, participants walked down to Plyer Park (1-2 blocks and then had to walk back to the parking garage, which adds another 1-2 blocks), several were happy to not have all the extra walking as in year's past. Shirt: After looking at several colors with the logo, I chose to have a white shirt and had lots of compliments on it. We use different colors each year and this one would make the pink ribbon pop! Medal: We haven't had a bottle opener on the medal since 2019. Expo: I did want a larger expo but it didn't work out that way. We did the best with what we had. It seems since Covid, races are getting away from expos. Finishers: I checked with our timer and we had 718 start the race and 715 complete the race...so, only 3 DNFs. Again, some of the items you mentioned were out of our control and others were totally my fault. I own those faults and truly feel horrible about the water shortage. It wasn't a lack of bottles, we had several cases left over...it was an error of leaving the correct number at the first 2 stops. As stated, we have already discussed how to ensure this doesn't happen again. Lastly, if you ever do find a race that does everything perfectly, I would love to know where it is. Dawn White Race Director LESS

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    robertcollea REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The course was tweaked this year and ended up adding approx .15 in distance. Was on what I thought was PR pace but by mile 11 realized the disconnect. Very MORE

    The course was tweaked this year and ended up adding approx .15 in distance. Was on what I thought was PR pace but by mile 11 realized the disconnect. Very disappointed!!

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    dawnwhite Oct 17, 2022 at 10:54am

    Hi Robert, We had the course USAT certified and the distance was accurate. Perhaps you weren't able to run the tangents at some point in the race? Dawn Race Director

    Hi Robert, We had the course USAT certified and the distance was accurate. Perhaps you weren't able to run the tangents at some point in the race? Dawn Race Director

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    robertcollea Oct 17, 2022 at 11:35am

    Appreciate the response. I spoke with a number of people that ran yesterday and nearly all of them have said the same thing. Distances caring from 13.19 up to 13.27.… MORE

    Appreciate the response. I spoke with a number of people that ran yesterday and nearly all of them have said the same thing. Distances caring from 13.19 up to 13.27. With the limited number of runners in my vicinity I am pretty confident I ran the tangents for the most part. Always expect to be a tad off from 13.1, but not to the extent I was LESS

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    dawnwhite Oct 17, 2022 at 11:41am

    I know when I run that course in training, I will sometimes lose GPS signal along that greenway. I will share your comments with the timer and see if there… MORE

    I know when I run that course in training, I will sometimes lose GPS signal along that greenway. I will share your comments with the timer and see if there were any other problems. Thanks for sharing. LESS

    dfrechette FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is such a great way to see Myrtle Beach. Watching the sun rise at the ocean, this race gives some fantastic beach views, and finishing on the boardwalk makes … MORE

    This is such a great way to see Myrtle Beach. Watching the sun rise at the ocean, this race gives some fantastic beach views, and finishing on the boardwalk makes for a great race. The after party is a lot of fun. In 2021 along with earning a medal they handed out stainless steel water bottles as a gift. I wear my race long sleeve shirt often.

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    dawnwhite REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This course is flat and fast! And, you run over 5 miles on Ocean Blvd.! Just glance over and there is the water and the finish line is on the … MORE

    This course is flat and fast! And, you run over 5 miles on Ocean Blvd.! Just glance over and there is the water and the finish line is on the boardwalk! I participated in this race for several years before joining the staff of NS Promos and am very fortunate to be the Race Director and continue making this race great! It’s a must do!

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    Rhondalyn10 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a flat and fast race. The medal is awesome and the race is well put on. Plenty of refreshments at the end and running the last segment on … MORE

    This is a flat and fast race. The medal is awesome and the race is well put on. Plenty of refreshments at the end and running the last segment on the boardwalk is fun. The course itself is a tad boring but the spectators are great. No real ocean views until you round that last corner.

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    dawnwhite Sep 05, 2022 at 10:15am

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon MORE

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon LESS

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    runbullardsrun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon boasts of a course that is flat and fast with a mere seven turns. While we didn’t count the turns, we don’t doubt the truth … MORE

    The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon boasts of a course that is flat and fast with a mere seven turns. While we didn’t count the turns, we don’t doubt the truth of that claim. The race began at the Coastal Grand Mall, ensuring that there was plenty of parking for all runners, and that no one had to spend hours searching for a parking spot, In addition, the Hilton Garden Inn is a stone’s throw away. On a cool morning, runners can take advantage of the hotel lobby and indoor restrooms. We stayed at the Hilton for this year’s Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon and enjoyed being able to roll out of bed and onto the course. In previous years we’ve stayed near the finish line (right on the beach) where hotels are plentiful. This allowed us to change out of wet clothes and into dry ones before taking advantage of the Beer Garden. No matter where you stay, the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon will make for an easy race experience. Flat course and plenty of hotel rooms close to the finish line? What else is there? For more information and photos of the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon course, places to stay, places to eat, packet pickup, and more visit https://www.serialrunner.com/half-marathon-race-recaps/myrtle-beach-mini-marathon

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    dawnwhite Sep 05, 2022 at 10:15am

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon MORE

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 23, 2016 at 7:28pm

    Sounds like a fast flat course and a great reason to visit Myrtle Beach... though I always wonder about half marathons that include "mini" in their name, since 13.1 miles… MORE

    Sounds like a fast flat course and a great reason to visit Myrtle Beach... though I always wonder about half marathons that include "mini" in their name, since 13.1 miles ain't no mini effort! But I always love being able to roll out of bed within sight of the start line, there's nothing better. Congrats Bullards and thanks for the thoughtful review! LESS

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    dawnwhite Sep 05, 2022 at 10:16am

    It's called Mini Marathon because there was already a Myrtle Beach Half Marathon... This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use… MORE

    It's called Mini Marathon because there was already a Myrtle Beach Half Marathon... This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon LESS

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    geddings REPEAT RUNNER '13

    Check out the blog post for this race. Another great race venue. This was my second time doing this race. The first time I did this race in 2011 was … MORE

    Check out the blog post for this race. Another great race venue. This was my second time doing this race. The first time I did this race in 2011 was my first half marathon. It was nice to return and see how much I had improved.

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    dawnwhite Sep 05, 2022 at 10:16am

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon MORE

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon LESS

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '11

    Super flat & fast course! Beautiful run along Myrtle Beach. Starts at the Coastal Grand Mall and ends at the old Pavilion. The last half mile is serpentine and then … MORE

    Super flat & fast course! Beautiful run along Myrtle Beach. Starts at the Coastal Grand Mall and ends at the old Pavilion. The last half mile is serpentine and then the last tenth is on the boardwalk.

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    dawnwhite Sep 05, 2022 at 10:16am

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon MORE

    This race is under new ownership! The course has changed and now begins at Ocean Blvd! Use the code LABORDAY14 for a discount on Sept. 5, 2022! https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/MBMiniMarathon LESS

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