Photo of Runner's Feet During the Myrtle Beach Marathon.We’re less than two months away from one of the most anticipated events of the winter season: the long-awaited Myrtle Beach Marathon. Every March, thousands of athletes flock to our sunny seaside community to run one of the prettiest courses in the country, as much of the route cruises along jaw-dropping Ocean Boulevard. Whether you’re a well-traveled marathon runner or just getting your feet wet, you won’t want to miss out on this spectacular annual event. The Myrtle Beach Marathon also meanders past Sand Dunes Resort’s on-site water park, which is ideal for those with family members who want to watch you run as well as soak up plenty of sun. If you found us by searching for a “marathon near me,” you’re in luck, because you’ll find countless essential details below.

The Myrtle Beach Marathon

Yes, the 26.2-mile Myrtle Beach Marathon is a visual treat, but the event has so much more going for it, including a health and fitness expo, post-run party, and several other race alternatives for those still building up to a full-length race. So, essentially, there’s a marathon “near me” for everyone! This USATF-certified marathon enters its 19th year, and it continues to expand—you’ll now find 12 water stops, five medical stops, and countless unobstructed viewing areas. The finish line rests at Field at Pelicans Ballpark, one of the city’s premier attractions. Elevation ranges from six to 38 feet, perfect for any type of long-distance run. If you’re looking for 26 pointers on your 26.2-mile run, we recommend visiting Runner’s World. A map of the Myrtle Beach Marathon route, meanwhile, can be found here.

Health and Wellness Expo

The day before the Myrtle Beach Marathon, thousands gather at Dave & Buster’s inside Broadway at the Beach, arguably the top attraction in the city. Runners can pick up a race packet, interact with regional vendors, and, of course, play an unlimited amount of video games. Meanwhile, all food and drinks are 20 percent off from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This fun event is a hit among runners who’re visiting the area with their family (or a group of friends). If you’re looking for prime steak in an arcade setting, you’re in luck!

Finish Line Festival

The weekend’s top highlight, besides the marathon itself, is the post-run Finish Line Festival inside the Runners Village. After subduing one of the premier winter marathons in the country, listen to live music, enjoy free beer, watch the awards ceremony, and share stories of the day’s best sprints. Liquid Pleasure, a growing multi-cultural icon, is this year’s entertainment. Many snacks, such as doughnuts, pizza, doughnuts, and chocolate milk, will also be readily available.

Oceanfront Hotels in Myrtle Beach

Photo of Sand Dunes' Water Park, Just Steps from the Myrtle Beach Marathon.As stated above, Sand Dunes Resort is just steps from Ocean Boulevard and the Myrtle Beach Marathon route. If you’re aimlessly searching for a marathon “near me” this winter, we highly recommend this growing annual event. After a rousing Finish Line Festival, retreat to our seaside paradise for a refreshing dip in the ocean, a lazy river float, and a long-overdue five-star dinner to commemorate your accomplishment! To check availability during early-March, visit us online. Otherwise, please give us a call today at 866-845-1011.