Getting around the Myrtle Beach Marathon

02/13/2014 1:58 PM

02/13/2014 2:10 PM

Organizers hope downtown Myrtle Beach will be busy Saturday starting early with the marathon and finishing with the 2014 Boardwalk Country Music Kickoff.

The MyrtleBeach.Com Myrtle Beach Marathon starts at 6:30 a.m. on Grissom Parkway near 21st Avenue North and ends at Field. More than 10,000 runners are expected to hit the streets throughout the marathon weekend.

City spokesman Mark Kruea said traffic likely will be congested between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. due to the race, which runs as far south as The Market Common and north to 82nd Avenue North.

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Delays are expected on Kings Highway, Ocean Boulevard, Farrow Parkway, Robert Grissom Parkway and various cross streets. U.S. 17 Bypass will not be affected by the marathon, but could see more motorists as it serves as the primary north-south route.

As runners clear away from Ocean Boulevard, the day’s second event will be gearing up. The Oceanfront Merchants Association hopes to kick off the 2014 vacation season with the Seaside Country Music Festival featuring local bands including The Tyler Hammond Band and The Josh Brannon Band. The free festival runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Plyler Park on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

Kruea said the marathon will be ending at 2 p.m. and there are no delays or parking troubles expected for anyone planning to attend the music festival.

The week’s winter weather also had minimal impact on setting up the race, Kruea said. Typically, he said, crews would have done some work getting the stadium area ready Wednesday, but icy weather prevented that.

Roadways won’t be blocked off until early Saturday morning.

Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said traffic congestion will peak between 9 a.m. and noon and said drivers should be patient and prepared to share the road with runners and spectators.

Access to Broadway at the Beach will be limited to U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All local residents will be permitted access to business and residences, but delays can be expected, Knipes said.

Kings Highway, Ocean Boulevard and Robert Grissom Parkway will see the most closures throughout the day. The following is a complete list of road closures:

21st Avenue North, east and west of the intersection with Grissom Parkway

Grissom Parkway from 21st Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue

One westbound lane of Mr. Joe White Avenue from Grissom Parkway to Kings Highway

Southbound Kings Highway from Mr. Joe White Avenue to Farrow Parkway

Farrow Parkway from Kings Highway to Johnson Street

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

Northbound Ocean Boulevard to 82nd Parkway

Westbound lanes of 82nd Parkway from North Ocean Boulevard to Grand Dunes Boulevard

Eastbound lanes of Grand Dunes Boulevard to Kings Highway

Southbound Kings Highway from Grand Dunes Boulevard to 65th Avenue North

Westbound lanes of 65th Avenue North to Frontage Road and East Coast Greenway

Frontage Road-East Coast Greenway from 65th Avenue North to Granddaddy Boulevard

Granddaddy Boulevard

Southbound Grissom Parkway from Granddaddy Boulevard to 21st Avenue North

48th Avenue North from Grissom Parkway to Oleander Street

Southbound Oleander Street 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

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