The Beer and Burrito 5K and Other Great Races on the Grand Strand

Is it any coincidence many of the coolest races in the region happen in your favorite vacation spot?

Myrtle Beach hosts many races, from fun runs to half marathons. On Aug. 16, head to the coast for Beer and Burrito 5K. Register now for the fun, which will start at 5 p.m. at Tidal Creek Brewhouse.

Wear festive clothes. You’ll get a tri-blend participant shirt for running. Check out the race website for details.

Tips for Running a 5K

Here’s some advice to make the courtship between the runner and race an even better experience.

Set a baseline

You need a goal, and an understanding of where you’re coming from. Beginners need a run-walk strategy, such as the one in the Couch to 5K program. It helps build an aerobic base.

Warm up

The shorter the run, the longer warmup you should have. All it takes is an easy jog, dynamic stretching, and a few short sprints to get your muscles going.

You don’t need lots of carbs

… unless it’s a half or full marathon. Those runners will eat lots of carbs before the race, but for a 5K, it’s not necessary.


Other races in Myrtle Beach this year

There are plenty of opportunities to captivate your inner runner on a beach getaway. Here are a few of the coolest ones.

Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon 

Oct. 15-16: The 13th annual event will feature a Goruck, a coastal 5k/Goruck, and a goruck/doggie dash. The half marathon will run from 8th Avenue North to Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The Coastal 5K and doggie dash will happen at Market Common.

This surf-themed event features surfboard finisher medals. Enjoy live music and a post-race beach party. If you’re doing the gorucks, you must have the proper gear. See the website for details.

Brookgreen Gardens Labor Day 5K 

Sept. 4, 6 p.m.: It’s the second year of this event at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. It features a 5K run/ walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk. Enjoy the natural beauty and sculptures in a dusk run, and you’ll get a voucher for a future visit to the gardens.

Turkey Trot Races

Nov. 24: Sign up for one of three races on the Grand Strand:

  • Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot 5K, Market Common
  • North Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot 5K, Barefoot Landing 
  • Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot 5K/10K

Runners will receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, and post-race goodies. Doggies, runners, strollers, and walkers are all welcome.

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Rest and Recoup at the Beautiful Breakers Resort

You’ll be running enough miles! Stay at the resort within walking distance of all the fun in Myrtle Beach. Pool time and a trip or two down the lazy river are also fitting respites for the runner. They’re here, at Breakers Resort. Why not take surfing lessons while you’re in town? Check out photos and videos of the Breakers Resort experience, and book your race day stay today.

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