Myrtle Beach marathon organizers remind everyone to stay safe while running

February 14, 2013 

  • More information Road closures for the Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon: •  21st Avenue North from just north of the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway, southbound on Grissom Parkway •  Grissom Parkway from 21st Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue •  Mr. Joe White Avenue (one westbound lane only) from Grissom Parkway to Kings Highway •  Kings Highway (southbound lanes) from Mr. Joe White Avenue to Farrow Parkway •  Farrow Parkway from Kings Highway to Johnson Street (local traffic to and from The Market Common will be able to access the area from U.S. 17 only) •  Pampas Drive from Mallard Lake Drive to Farrow Parkway •  Johnson Street from Farrow Parkway to Nevers Street •  Hackler Street from Johnson Street to Farrow Parkway •  Nevers Street from DeVille Street to Farrow Parkway •  Howard Street from Farrow Parkway to Reed Avenue •  Emmens Avenue from Gabreski Lane to Farrow Parkway •  Farrow Parkway across Kings Highway to South Ocean Boulevard •  Ocean Boulevard (northbound lane only) to 82nd Parkway •  82nd Parkway from North Ocean Boulevard to Grand Dunes Boulevard – westbound lanes •  Grand Dunes Boulevard back to Kings Highway – eastbound lanes •  Kings Highway (southbound curb lane only) from Grand Dunes Boulevard to 65th Avenue North •  65th Avenue North (westbound lanes) to Frontage Road and East Coast Greenway •  Frontage Road-East Coast Greenway from 65th Avenue North to Granddaddy Boulevard •  Granddaddy Boulevard (all lanes), then u-turn after three-tenths of a mile •  Grissom Parkway (southbound curb lane only) from Granddaddy Boulevard to 21st Avenue North •  48th Avenue North from Grissom Parkway to Oleander Street •  Oleander Street (southbound only) from 48th Avenue North to 44th Avenue North •  44th Avenue North from Oleander Street to Mayfair Street •  Mayfair Street from 44th Avenue North to London Street •  London Street from Mayfair Street to Grissom Parkway •  Grissom Parkway from London Street to finish at TicketReturn.Com Field

— The 2012 Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon attracted almost 8,000 runners for its various races.

With the event coming up on Saturday, organizers are asking participants and spectators to be mindful of street closings and of those pounding the pavement.

The race starts at 6:30 a.m. at Robert Grissom Parkway, just north of 21st Avenue, and ends at TicketReturn.Com Field.

According to information from Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea, traffic will be congested on the route between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. on race day.

Drivers should plan to share the road with runners during those hours, or seek another route to avoid marathon traffic, according to Kruea.

U.S. 17 Bypass won’t be affected by marathon activities and will be the primary route for north and south travel in the city.

Kruea advises drivers trying to get to Broadway at the Beach to use U.S. 17 and 29th Avenue North. Delays are expected on Kings Highway, Ocean Boulevard, Farrow Parkway and cross streets.

Aside from avoiding marathon traffic, those who are running and watching should be mindful of a few things in order to stay safe.

Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said drivers should slow down and watch where they are going. They should also leave extra time for delays and be patient.

As for spectators, Knipes said they should look both ways before crossing the street and be on the lookout for cars and runners.

“Again, be patient and cheer loud,” Knipes said.

Contact BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_bdickerson.

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