Springtime is high time for road races. If you can challenge yourself in one, and get a slice of Myrtle Beach life in the process too, all the better. This area has lots to offer the runner in 2022.
From a Boston Marathon qualifier to 5Ks to triathlon, there’s a race for you.
Here’s a list of the region’s races this spring, with details on registration and other unique points. Myrtle Beach is host to a handful of traditional races, as well as a few new ones each year.
It’s the 25th anniversary of this event, which includes a half marathon, 5K, and family fun run. Past reviews laud the thoughtfulness of the course and shirt- and medal-quality. This Boston Marathon qualifier has just a 25-foot elevation gain, for all you hill haters.
This race, in its third season, has a $35 registration fee that will increase after Jan. 31. The course is on the sand between the Springmaid Pier to the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier. Finishers receive a medal and beach towel.
This new event includes the Sunglasses 5K and Half Marathon Challenge, and you can run both. Participants must be able to finish the 5K in 50 minutes or less. The $120 fee for both races will increase to $135 after Feb. 15.
Register for the 5K for $35 and the 10K for $40 by Feb. 28, both courses USTAF certified. There will be prizes for the top finishers, for male and female, and all runners will get a custom finisher’s medal. It’s ideal for personal records — the flat course has a single turn per race.
This half marathon trail run is $40 and the 10K trail race is $30 until price increases on Jan. 9. It’ll take place at the Horry County Bike & Run Park on Frontage Road. This trail system weaves through forestland between Carolina Forest and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The individual triathlon is $65 and the relay triathlon $100 until price increases on Jan. 9. It’ll include a 1400-meter swim, 14-mile bike, and 5-mile run. Participants will take a boat ride to the swimming starting point.
Run this event at Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River for $35 before prices increase on Feb. 28. The course runs through boardwalks and gardens over the marsh. Participants will receive a custom finisher’s medal and stainless steel tumbler. (You must register by April 25 to qualify for the tumbler).
Take part in the 5K run/walk for $35 before a price increase March 1. Or, the one-mile fun run for $15 before a price increase April 15. You can also register for the Memorial Day and Labor Day races at a $5 discount for each online. Participants get a shirt, custom medal, and free future admission to Brookgreen Gardens.
You’ll have a great time with all the amenities, and a good night’s rest before race day. Treat yourself to breakfast at Papa’s during your stay and Jaybo’s pizza across the street post-race. Check out the weather forecast and plan your runner’s getaway today.