Miami, FL – The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Weekend made its way back to the Grand Strand for the 9th year in a row. The moderate weather was no doubt a draw for participants who came from 38 different states, DC and Canada.
The Coastal 5K took place on Saturday, October 20th at The Market Common. For the men, Tony Casey, from Greenville, SC, came in first with a time of 17 minutes and 4 seconds. Brian Polen, who made the trek from Wooster, OH, placed second with a time of 17 minutes and 34 seconds. Coming in third was Niles Yantchoook, from Gastonia, NC, who finished in 18 minutes and 4 seconds.
For the women, former Olympian Zola Pieterse, from Aynor, SC, came in first with a time of 19 minutes and 27 seconds. Becky Dougherty placed second with a time of 21 minutes and 43 seconds. Dougherty, from Mount Pleasant, SC, finished first in last year’s 5K. Valerie Keatts, from Danville, VA, took third with a time a 21 minutes and 1 seconds. The Coastal 5K was followed by the Doggie Dash, with proceeds benefitting the Grand Strand Humane Society.
The 13.1-mile Mini Marathon began at the Coastal Grand Mall on Sunday, finishing at Plyler Park near the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Brian Polen finished off the weekend on a high note, taking first place to go along with his second-place finish in the Coastal 5K the day before. His time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 38 seconds was two minutes ahead of Dillon Pope from Kill Devil Hills, NC, who crossed the finish in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 42 seconds. Chad Lenox, from Mount Holly, NC, rounded out the top three with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 2 seconds.
On the women’s side, Lori Brown, from Hauppauge, NY finished first in an impressive time of 1 hour, 26 minutes and 42 seconds. Catherine Chua, from Richmond Hill, NY came in second with a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 13 seconds. Amy Hilliker, from Kill Devil Hills, NC, took third place with a time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 12 seconds.
Race weekend began with the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 19th, where participants picked up their packets and visited with running-inspired vendors and sponsors like Publix Super Markets. The expo continued Saturday, October 20th at the Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium and on Saturday night, House of Blues continued their tradition of hosting a free pasta party for participants.
Robert Pozo, President and CEO of Continental Event and Sports Management, the producers of the event, was very pleased with this year’s race. “The 9th edition of the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon & Coastal 5K this weekend did not disappoint. The weather was great and the city, as it always does, rolled out the red carpet. Participant numbers surprised us considering all the bad weather and destruction the Carolinas had endured. We are already looking forward to year 10.”
The Myrtle Beach Mini takes participants on an oceanfront tour of one of America’s most scenic beach communities. The course is flat and fast and finishes right on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, where participants sampled Samuel Adams Sam ’76, courtesy of the Boston Beer Company. Participants were awarded large, surfboard-shaped medals complete with a magnet and bottle opener.
Full results are available at www.runmyrtlebeach.com.
About Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC:
With world-class running events such as the Divas® Running Series and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC is one of the premiere sports management companies in the United States. Robert and Gaby Pozo, founders and managers of Continental, have over 18 years of experience in the race production industry providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities.