The 21st Myrtle Beach Marathon featured more than 4,450 registered runners combined in the four races Saturday: marathon, half marathon, relay and 5-kilometer, which was moved from Friday of race week to Saturday for the first time.
Ainsley's Angels provides the thrill of competition for riders with disabilities in special wheelchairs, and four teams of runners and riders will be participating in the Myrtle Beach Marathon and affiliated races.
The 5K is moving from Friday and joining other races on Saturday, the Family Fun Run and post-race party are moving locations, and relays will be limited to four team members in the 21st Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Don Halke ran with a message for those behind him in the half marathon. In addition to the fluffy pink and white bunny ears atop his head, Halke had a pink shirt that read on the back: “1 heart attack, 2 stents, 4 bypasses, 1 pacemaker. So why are you behind me?”
Melvin Coleman of Greenville, N.C., has become recognizable in his 10 appearances in the 20-year event for the 3x5-foot American flag that accompanies him. He ran his first race Saturday since having brain surgery in July.
Motorists in Myrtle Beach on Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon will have a lot to avoid in and around the route of the 20th Myrtle Beach Marathon, which will be unchanged from the 2016 race course.
The founders of the Myrtle Beach Marathon are dissolving the marathon board and giving up control of the race after 20 years. Capstone Event Group, a company that operates races out of Raleigh, N.C., is taking over operation of the race and its affiliated events.