A little step back

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Joyce & this is my story!

Last year I ran my first half marathon. I wasn't sure I could make it since I was recovering from pneumonia. Came time for the run and I felt well enough to take it on! It was exciting, scary, and a little tough. I hit mile 10 and was ready to quit, but a quitter I am not! I struggled a little, but I did finish! One month, almost to the day, after the race I was told that I had a carcinoid tumor in my left lung. Two months after the race, April 18, 2013 I had to have my complete left lung removed (total left pneumonic tommy). To say the least, I was devastated that this might end the one thing that came easy....running. I will be returning this year, my third MB Marathon, but limited to the 5k and probably walking most of it, but like I said, I am not a quitter and I will run again. Though I had started training and reconditioning my body to be able to do a light run, low and behold three weeks ago I came down with bronchitis and will just be getting over it this week just in time to catch my flight to Myrtle Beach!

Trials and tribulations, we all have them.

I am determined to come back each year and one year it will be to run a half marathon again!!!!

Name: Joyce Matheson
City: Lumberton
State: NJ

EVERY TIME FINISHER

Monday, May 5, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

 

My name is Michael & this is my story!

Heading south through the snow hoping to keep the string alive of every time MB marathon finisher and my 70th marathon.

RUN IT! EARN IT! WEAR IT!

Name: Michael Abbott
City: Wise
State: Virginia

my name is bob and this is my story

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Bob & this is my story!

I was lucky enough to qualify for my first Boston marathon in may of 2012. I waited holding my breath for confirmation from Boston in September since I only beat my qualifying time by 3 minutes and NOTHING is guaranteed! The day my official notice came through was like winning the super bowl to me. The next few months were all about Boston and as the day got close my hamstring got more and more tender. Everything leading up to the race was amazing...the expo was like 20x bigger than any other I attended with running celebrities everywhere. Even the wait in the cold morning air to get on the buses was fun as you share stories of your qualifying with other runners. I only wish that everyone could experience the incredible sensations that Boston brings. It's everything people say and then some. I had hoped to possibly qualify for 2014 at this marathon but at about the half way point that tender hamstring started to give out, any other marathon and I would have walked off the course to prevent further injury but this was Boston! Maybe my only Boston so I had to finish. of course I had to slow down and even walk most of heartbreak hill but I finished and was at the medical tent just on the other side of the finish line when the first explosion happened. I will spare you of the details of what I saw but needless to say it changed my life.
I tried to run a marathon in early Sept.2013 as a last hope to qualify for 2014 but after the injury I just did not have enough time to prepare and I missed by a few minutes. I walked away even more determined and hired a running coach to better train me. Myrtle beach will be my first marathon since working with my amazing coach and I am as confident as I can be that will qualify and be running in Boston in 2015. I will give it my best and whenever I start to feel tired I will think of those that can no longer run as a result of those terrorists!

By the way, although I won't be running at Boston this year I will be there to cheer for those that are...I need to be there!!

Name: bob machlud
City: riverton
State: new jersey

WALK, CRAWL, RUN KTBUG AND I FINISH

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

MY NAME IS MICHAEL & THIS IS MY STORY....

I HAVE ENJOYED THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAINING MY DAUGHTER FOR THE HALF MARATHON THIS YEAR. OUR RUNNING TOGETHER BEGAN AS A PLOY TO GET SOME HELP RUNNING WITH OUR TWO LARGE LABS. THIS STARTED IN AUGUST AND SHE WOULD STRUGGLE TO RUN A MILE. I HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR OVER 15 YEARS AND COMPLETED MANY MARATHONS ALONG THE WAY. AS TIME PROGRESSED I NOTICED MY DAUGHTER BEGIN TO REALLY ENJOY WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE, SO I CHALLENGED AND ENCOURAGED HER TO COMPLETE THIS YEARS' HALF MARATHON IN MYRTLE BEACH. WE SET OUT A PLAN OF ACTION FOR HER TRAINING IN OCTOBER IN WHICH SHE STUCK TO RELIGIOUSLY. BY THE END OF NOVEMBER SHE WAS COMFORTABLY CLOCKED AN 11 MILE RUN. WE COMPLETED THE 10K TURKEY TROT IN SURFSIDE WITH PR'S AT THAT DISTANCE FOR US BOTH. THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING I HAD AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT, RUPTURING A DISK IN MY BACK. I STRUGGLED TO RUN TO NO AVAIL. I COULD NOT LET MY DAUGHTER DOWN, SO FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS I WOULD RIDE MY BIKE ALONG SIDE HER AT NIGHT TO COMPLETE HER TRAINING. THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY I BEGAN TO LOG A FEW MILES AT A SLOW PACE. THIS INJURY HAS TAKEN MY CONFIDENCE LEVEL TO AN ALL TIME LOW. MY PACE HAS SLOWED ALMOST TWO MINUTES A MILE. I GRADUALLY BEGAN TO RUN AGAIN WITH THE INSPIRATION OF MY DAUGHTER AND VISUALIZATION OF COMPLETING ANOTHER MARATHON.WE EVENTUALLY GOT BACK UP TO A 15 MILE RUN 3 WEEKS AGO WHEN SHE SUFFERED A PELVIC INJURY. IT HAS BEEN HEART BREAKING TO WATCH HER STRUGGLE TO RUN. MY BACK INJURY WAS SLOWING HEALING AND NOW SHE FINDS HERSELF IN THE SAME SITUATION. THE LESSON HERE WAS TO TEACH HER THAT HARD WORK,TRAINING AND PERSEVERANCE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO. WE HAVE PRAYED EARNESTLY, SOUGHT OUT CHIROPRACTOR HELP, BOUGHT NEW SHOES, FOAM ROLLER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PRAYED SOME MORE. I WOULD GIVE MY RIGHT ARM FOR HER TO FINISH THIS RACE. I WILL NOT ALLOW THESE INJURIES TO DISAPPOINT HER. WE ARE GOING TO RUN, WALK, CRAWL THE FIRST 11 MILES TOGETHER AND THEN I PLAN TO TRY AND FINISH THE FULL. THROUGH BOTH OF OUR INJURIES SHE HAS BEEN SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME. THIS SATURDAY WE ARE GOING TO LACE UP THE SHOES AND MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT WE HAVE. I HAVE ETCHED IN MY MIND THE MOMENTS OF ELATION WHEN COMPLETING LONG RUNS ALONG WITH HER SMILES AND JOY THAT REMAINED CONSTANT THROUGHOUT THIS NIGHTMARE OF INJURIES.

THESE MEMORIES AND THOUGHTS WILL CARRY ME TO THE FINISH LINE. GO KTBUG!!!!

Name: MICHAEL GREEN
City: CONWAY
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

RUNNING THE 17TH

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Ron & this is my story!

Having run all of the Myrtle Beach marathons, I really wanted to do this one too. I was ill, untrained, old and overweight but started it anyway. I got to the 20 1/2 mile mark and had severe hamstring cramps. There was a water station there, and I think it was a church sponsored one, not an official one. They could tell I was in trouble and a kind gentleman there offered to drive me anywhere I wanted to go. I wanted to continue and he walked with me for a half mile where I said I wanted to "tough it out." He offered to walk with me as long as I needed him but eventually I convinced him to return to his aid station. That is why I love Myrtle Beach!!!

When I finished, no other than the race director himself, drove me to my car in his golf cart!!

What a great support group for a wonderful marathon.

Ron Findley

Name: Ron Findley
City: RALEIGH
State: North Carolina

Bad Weather in the South?!

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Mary & this is my story!

I began running again in my 50s. I worked my way up to half marathons then finally decided to take the leap and sign up for my very first full-fledged honest to goodness 26.2 mile Marathon.
I chose the Myrtle Beach Marathon because my first half marathon was the MB Mini in October (2012). Not long after I signed up I began to have medical problems. In December I had gall bladder surgery. The surgeon told me I would not be able to run the marathon. He did not say ‘should not’, he said that I would not have the endurance. After two weeks off due to the surgery, I got back to my training. I did take a hit on endurance, but I kept running.
After continuing with my training and making it to my 20 mile training run, I decided that the doctor was WRONG! I WAS GOING TO RUN THAT MARATHON!!!!
So, there I was ready for the marathon, in spite of what the doctor told me.

Then, we had a massive snow storm in the SOUTH! Not usually a problem for me, but at that time, I was in Iowa!!!! I was scheduled to fly home the Thursday before the race. When my flight was cancelled, I was devastated! There was NO WAY I could fly home on Friday AND get to Myrtle Beach, from Elgin SC, in time to pick up my packet. As I was logging on to my computer to check for flights to get me home, I received the email telling us that we would be able to pick up our packets the morning of the race. Up until this point, I was convinced that God really did NOT want me to run this marathon.

I was booked on a flight from Des Moines that would get me into Charlotte at 5:00, a two hour drive home; finish packing my bag for the weekend (remember I planned to be home Thursday night, so I had not finished packing). I was at the Des Moines airport at 4:45 AM in an effort to get on standby for the 6:55 flight that would get into Charlotte at 12:00 – PLENTY OF TIME TO GET HOME, FINISH PACKING and DRIVE TO MB IN TIME TO PICK UP MY PACKET!!!! YEA!
The 6:55 flight began to board. Priority, first class, zones 1, 2, etc., the gate agent began calling final call! YES!!! I am gonna make it onto this flight!!! The gate agent finally called me up to the counter, He said that he had one seat left, but it was first class and would cost $165.00 extra. I would have maxed out my credit card to get home so I could make it to MB for this marathon. Before I could get my credit card out of my pocket book he said, ”However, I can’t sell it to you”. WHAT?!?!?! I still have no idea WHY he would have called me up there to tell me THAT.
So, that flight left Des Moines in route to Charlotte with ONE EMPTY SEAT and I was sitting in the Des Moines airport crying.
I waited for the 2:00 flight, praying the entire time that this one did not get cancelled like so many others that day.
We made it to Charlotte a bit late, but nothing major. I made it home to Elgin by 8:00 pm. I had only slept about 2 hours Thursday night, due to worry about getting home.
My partner, Laura, was not planning on making the trip with me to MB due to work conflicts, decided to go with me. She drove me to Myrtle Beach so that I could sleep on the way. We made it to our hotel by 11:15. I was able to get more sleep, rise and shine at 4:00 out the door by 4:45, hopped on the shuttle and headed to the start line to pick up my packet!!!
I finished my very first marathon in 5:14:51. The most pride I have ever felt in forever!
I am already marking my calendar for next year!

Name: mary bumpas
City: elgin
State: south carolina

It's not about the race, it's about the journey.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Jim & this is our story!

About six months ago, my fiancée Beth made the huge decision to train for a full marathon. She jumped right in, as she always does, and started intense training. We scoured the country for a race that would correspond with her training schedule, and we found non other than the Myrtle Beach Marathon to compete in. We were so excited to get out of snowy Buffalo in mid February!

I watched Beth transform herself physically, mentally, and spiritually as she trained for the race. Every mile was a victory for her and before we knew it, she was running 20 plus miles at a time.

At the beginning of January, we got news that we were expecting our first child. This was amazing news and we are so excited! Bittersweet was the initial feedback from doctors that Beth should dial back from "extreme" running (their words, not ours), and Beth changed her registration to the half marathon instead.

As training continued, she decided that our new blessing of a baby wasn't the biggest fan of being jostled by running, so we decided to both do the 5k on Friday night. No big deal! We would spend the day before in Charleston, enjoying great food and warm weather. A perfect getaway and long weekend.

Unfortunately, Old Man Winter had other plans. We headed south last Wednesday, and outside Beckley, West Virginia, we checked into a hotel with news of the crippling storm in North Carolina stinging us hard.

This story isn't about one run or one race, it's about the resilience that Beth showed over the last six months as she trained for the Myrtle Beach marathon, balanced that against her changing body and our growing family, and faced a wall of snow. Here's to hoping that I'll be pushing the running stroller as Beth crosses the finish line at the 2015 MB Marathon!

Jim

Name: Jim Simon
City: Buffalo
State: New York

Becoming Healthy and Staying That Way

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Christin & this is my story!

My story begins back in April 2010. While on vacation in Myrtle Beach no doubt I looked in the mirror and was sad at what I had seen. I was overweight and very unhealthy. I knew I needed a change. I came home and started going to the gym. My kids eventually called it our second home but I was determined to loose weight and get healthy. I needed to be a good example to my three kids. Soon I began to lose weight and I felt so much better.

After a couple of months I became interested in running and knew I wanted to run a 5k. I never ran even in school, but the day I ran my first mile without stopping I knew I wanted to accomplish more. By April of 2011 I had lost 87lbs and ran my first 5k. I kept running other races and decided to run my first half in October 2012. I ran where else but at Myrtle Beach at the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon. It also happened to be my wedding anniversary. It was a great experience but I wanted to accomplish more, so I signed up for the Myrtle Beach Marathon.

I didn't make my goal time because my ankle started to bother me around mile 18 but I still finished and have signed up for next year to accomplish my goal. It goes to show that you don't need a fancy diet or trainer to lose weight and get healthy. Just eat right and start moving.

Name: Christin Benge
City: Mooresville
State: NC

The Longest Journey...

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Yvette & this is my story!

For the past four years I have entered a spring marathon in the USA. The thought of sunshine, beaches and friendly faces gives me the incentive to train outside through the cold British winter. I found details of the myrtle beach marathon on line and as I'd never been to carolina before I thought I would give it a go.

The first hurdle to overcome was getting to myrtle beach in time for the marathon! I landed in
Charlotte Douglas airport to be told the connecting flight had been cancelled due to the snow. Now I
know many local people were struggling to get to
the race on time but I had travelled four and a half
thousand miles so I really didn't want to miss it!

I spent the night curled up on the airport floor trying to sleep and hoping that by some miracle I would make it in time. In the early hours when the sun came up I became more optimistic about making it to the race on time. Flights began to leave and i
was fortunate enough to get a standby seat on the
lunchtime flight. I was also grateful for the email & online updates
saying there would be packet pickup allowed on
race morning, just in case!



So, 21 hours later than planned I made it!  After checking into my hotel I found a map of the area and walked 2.5 miles to the expo to collect my packet, then walked the 2.5 miles back again to the hotel. After that all I wanted to do was sleep. After my night on the airport floor a real bed was very inviting.

I woke up at 4am on Saturday and started to prepare to run. I unpacked my trainers and thought that as I had got this far I had to give it a go.

And what a great race! The crowds, the organizers, the volunteers, the other runner's I spoke to ..... It was all fantastic. The atmosphere was electric and everyone was having such a great time. It was one of the best marathon crowds I have ever come across - and I have run 16 marathons. I jogged along enjoying the company of others and I was so glad that I made it in time. To top it all, I finished in 4hrs 19min which I was delighted with.

I think the moral of my story is 'never say never'. I really didn't think I would make it in time, but through the grace of God and a change in the weather I was able to get to the start line and put my months of hard, cold winter training to good use. God willing I will see you all again next year.

Name: Yvette Johnston
City: St Albans
State: United Kingdom

Running for Redemption

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Alicia & this is my story!

I ran Myrtle Beach in 2011 and missed my BQ by 18 seconds. I decided to take a break from chasing my dream of running Boston to start my family. I had my baby in January of 2012. While pregnant, I developed rheumatoid arthritis. I was told, by my rheumatologist, that it wouldn't be likely that I would be able to run another marathon. Little did he know how incredibly stubborn I really am. Training with an autoimmune disease is tough. I had to take days off around flare ups, days off for extreme fatigue and had constant foot issues.

However, I kept my goal for redemption in mind. I finished the marathon on Saturday in 3:19:38. Redemption was mine! I crushed my time from the 2011 Myrtle Beach marathon, got a BQ and somehow managed to be the 4th overall female (1st in my age group). Being able to come back and accomplish all of that, while training through the ups and downs of rheumatoid arthritis, means more to me than anyone will ever be able to understand.

The Myrtle Beach Marathon will always be incredibly special to me.

Name: Alicia Rider
City: Kernersville
State: NC

Army wives plus one.

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Candace & this is my story!

We met in the gym last year. Three Army wives trying to deal with deployments and fill the time while husbands were away. It started out with classes and running on the treadmill and ended with forever lasting friendships! We hardly knew each other the day we decided to all get a room and drive together to Myrtle Beach. I soon convinced my neighbor, also an army wife to join the three of us. A first half marathon for her.....a second or third for the rest of us. Soon into our training, my friend in Colorado, who had always hated running with a passion jumped into the mix. Now it was the five of us... "the fab five". It was a great ride down to Myrtle from Ft. Bragg and a great time at dinner. It was as though we had known each other for years! We stayed at a hotel that was suppose to offer a shuttle...... suppose to is the key word there! After waiting outside in the dark in front of the hotel we realized 30 minutes before the race was to begin that no shuttle was coming! We were surrounded by others who were realizing the same thing. Mostly other runners, but also a crazy, friendly group of guys who were there supporting wives and girlfriends (who were already at the start line). They offered to drive us to the start line... no we did not know them,and yes they were dressed like a bad version of an 80's rock band BUT we scrambled to their cars and piled into two different vehicles...they were completing the national anthem when we arrived at the start line! We had made it and for some of us it proved to be our best PR time! We met up with those guys and their wives/girlfriends after the race..... thank goodness for them! We ran other half marathons and then decided that ya, we were ready for a full! (insert eye roll here). We signed up and began training...... this has been THE most difficult training for all of us for many different reasons. A terrible car accident left a mother in the hospital, a divorce has left one of us unable to race and sadly one of us got the news that no one ever wants..... their spouse was diagnosed with cancer. It has been an uphill battle but we have kept each other going...... the training never stopped. Our unrealistic goal (ok really just my unrealistic goal) of finishing in a certain time have now been realistically changed to "just finish". It will not be the "fab five" this time but we will all be there in spirit. Four of us are racing and I am pretty sure during this entire training period we have learned so much about friendship, commitment, and the truth behind the saying that marathon runners are a different breed of people! :)

We love running and can not wait to just have a fun girls weekend and complete a goal we have worked toward together for so long!

Name: Candace
City: Raeford
State: NC

A Family Affair

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Angela & this is my story!

When I helped to found the Red Cross Rescue Racers program in 2007, I had never even thought about doing a half marathon. My first race in 2008 was dedicated to my son who was born on that exact date 35 years prior. He met me at the finish line with flowers and made me cry. Not only was it the date he was born but I was determined to finish by 10:30, which was the time he was born as well. This year, both my sons and my daughter-in-law are joining me for the half marathon. It will be my 7th year "walking" but hey, at my age, walking 13.1 miles each year is a good accomplishment. I am so excited to have my family join me in this wonderful experience! Thanks Myrtle Beach Marathon for keeping us active and thanks to the Red Cross Rescue Racer team for keeping me motivated!

Name: Angela Nicholas
City: Murrells Inlet
State: South Carolina

Happy Feet

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Melissa & this is my story!

A year ago, I couldn't run two miles without feeling winded. Mentally, I had trouble pushing myself to a point of discomfort to achieve a goal.

After moving for a new job and making other positive changes, I found myself in a neighborhood full of people who were active, and right next to a beautiful lake with trails.

I started training for an 8K and 10K in the fall, and on one of my last training runs for the 10K, I thought of all the people who had told me I couldn't do different things in my life. I'd accepted so many others' limits before. With running, I was setting my own expectations, and felt so happy and free as long as I had the opportunity to run.

The Monday after my 10K, I realized I wanted to keep going. I wanted to prove I could do a half marathon. I signed up for the MB Half before ever looking for a training plan, and staring headlong into the holidays. But I would do it.

My family thought I was crazy when I went running Christmas morning. I've run through rain and snow. And I've never felt stronger.

I'm ready. I can't wait. My feet are ready and rarin' to go. This is my first of many half marathons!

Name: Melissa D.
City: Raleigh
State: North Carolina

You wouldn't believe it

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Jacob & this is my story!

I am from upper Michigan. I had never been a runner up until 2010. I had a friend that was a runner that passed away in March of that year. I watched her friends run a half marathon at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI, in her memory 2 months later, and that inspired me to get running. I've lost 40 pounds since then.

The 2013 Myrtle Beach half marathon was my 11th half marathon, and this years race will be my 16th half. I thank God, my Heavenly Father, for all of this; without him I would have none of these blessings. My brother is stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC. He got married there the day of the race in 2013. I left at 3 in the morning in my loaner car and ran the race in 1 hour and 46 minutes, which was my PR at the time, but now is 1:42. I got back to Fayetteville that day in time to stand as the best man in his wedding, wobbly legs and all. His wife had a son from before they met, and I gave my finisher medal to him that night at the reception.

I'm gonna break 100 minutes this year and I cant wait for race day. To God be the glory for all of this!!!

Name: Jacob Bruce
City: Bark River
State: Michigan

For Boston

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Webb & this is my story!

I decided soon after the Boston Marathon bombings last year that I was finally going to run a marathon. I wasn't the only one either. Many of us joined the One Fund, cranked up training plans, and started planning for running Boston in 2014 or 2015. It just seemed like the best way for runners to cope at that time & so we joined the "Boston Strong" movement!

On April 15th, 2013 I was supposed to be there at the finish with my friends as a spectator. At the last minute, work kept me from going, so I canceled. Luckily no one I know personally was hurt but several of the victims were locals here. Terror like this is bad enough when you see it on the news but really shakes you up when it happens 45 miles away... and you feel a bit of a "survivor's guilt" knowing you could have been there. I really feel for anyone that had to experience it first-person. As soon as I got home that day I threw a #12 New England Patriots jersey over my running gear, and extended my run another 5 miles. The longer run was necessary just so I could gather my thoughts and find the balance that keeps many runners going. So it seemed perfectly natural to keep extending that time of introspection and serenity, familiar to any long distance runners, to a marathon training plan.

I don't have delusions of qualifing for Boston 2015 in my first Marathon here at Myrtle but who knows, maybe some day if I stick with it. For now I'm just looking forward to a great vacation getaway with a nice flat course! I was counting on Myrtle to be opposite of the hills + wintry conditions that have plagued us up here this January 2014!

Best of luck to everyone for mild weather during race weekend!

Name: Webb McDonald
City: Portsmouth
State: RI

For those that cant... JUST DO IT

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Kelly & this is my story!

After watching the events unfold at the Boston Marathon last year, like everyone else, I was upset.  I was furious!  Those cowards!

I felt so bad for the people who were killed and hurt. I just thought that we can't let the terrorists bring us down, & that we should push back harder. They took away the ability for those runners to do what they Love and hopefully it will just inspire that many more to push back.

I've never run in a marathon before, but I have really pushed back as hard as I could to be prepared for Feb. 15th...The Myrtle Beach Marathon!

I'm looking forward to the experience, meeting people from all over, and making a few new friends. Good luck to all!!!!

Name: Kelly
City: Wallingford
State: Pennsylvania

From COPD to Marathon Maniac

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Margaret & this is my story!

In 1995 I was living in Boston and was in and out of the hospital again and again with bronchitis complicated by asthma. I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, which is also known as COPD. My pulmonologist said that there was not much that could really be done, and prescribed a number of medications for me to take. I could not just sit around and be sick again and again! I had three sons to raise who were in middle school, elementary school, and nursery school!  So I decided to start running.  It was really really tough! I kept at it in spite of being the absolute last person in the first race I entered.

I took a new job in St. Louis, and the pulmonologist I got there said I was crazy for moving to such a warm, humid place. But I persevered in my running, and went from 5Ks to 10Ks and even the half-marathon in 2000. By 2005 I had massively improved my lung function, and decided to enter the Chicago Marathon. My goal was to finish in under 6 hours, and I achieved it!  But I thought I could probably run faster, So next year I signed up to run it with Team in Training, and I did improve my time.  I have now run, cycled, and swam 20 events for Team in Training, while raising over $100,000 for the fight against cancer.  My latest goal is to complete a marathon in all 50 states.  I am a 5-star Marathon Maniac, and Myrtle Beach will be my 29th state.

And my asthma? As long as I stay away from smokers, my asthma is a thing of the past. See you in Myrtle Beach, because even a bad day running beats a good day in the hospital EVERY TIME!!!

The picture is of me doing hill training in St. Louis when it was 17 degrees. I just don't give up, and I hope my story will inspire others to have the same attitude.

Name: Margaret Hvatum
City: St Louis
State: Missouri

Play That Funky Music

Monday, January 20, 2014 by Jen Kohler

Are you getting excited yet?  I know I am!  I am ready to run, ready to see friends along the race course cheering us on, ready to hear some great music & ready to cross that finish line!!!

The  2014 Myrtle Beach Marathon has released its "Entertainment Line-up" for Race Days!  The fun all begins on Friday night with a band called Bullfrog at Pelican Stadium around the finish line of the Neon Night 5K race!  They will be playing from 6:30 to around 8:30 that night! 

Then on Saturday during the Marathon, Half-Marathon, Marathon Team Relay, & wheelchair events the musical entertainment begins at mile 8 with a band called The Paul Grimshaw Band!  At mile 11 runners & fans will hear DJ Ryan Robinson! Right behind him at mile 12 will be Cornbread the band!  Just down the way around mile 14 the fun will continue with Super Reggae Man & Mike O'Donnell!  Next at mile 16 will be a Kiss DJ & just down the way at mile 18 everyone can hear Jukebox Elly and Finnegan Bell.  The band School of Rock will be playing at mile 20 & at mile 22 runners & fans will hear a Kiss DJ!  Whew!  Then onto mile 23 where The Matt Parker Project will be playing!  After that at mile 25 the band Below the Bassline will be performing!  Finally at the Finish Line of all of the races The Austin Mowery Band will be playing & celebrating with everyone!  I can not wait!

Later that evening at The House of Blues Post Race Party everyone can hear The Painted Man from 5 to 7pm!  There will also be food & refreshments as well! 

I can't wait to run & have some fun!  So now, are you getting excited???

As always, go to our website at www.mbmarathon.com & sign up for our upcoming February Marathon Race events!  Register now & reserve your spot in this year's race weekend!  You won't want to miss out on this fast & flat marathon course which is also a Boston Qualifier!

Until next time, Happy Running!!!!!!!!!!!!

Destination run..

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Myrtle Beach Marathon Runners, Friends & Supporters

My name is Jim & this is my story! 

I have done over 20 half marathons in Toronto/Buffalo NY area. I wanted to do a real destination run. The timing of this run appears to be perfect as far as weather goes. It's a little tough training with this brutal winter. I have been to MB many times, & am looking forward to combining a race with some downtime.

See you in a few weeks!

Name: Jim Morris
City: Toronto
State: Ontario

Get Involved!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Jen Kohler

Have you ever volunteered for a big event in your community?  Or do you regularly volunteer somewhere?

I remember as a kid growing up volunteering at tennis tournaments, when I wasn't actually playing in them.  I remember volunteering at church for different events.  I also vividly remember volunteering with an organization in high school called the Civinettes.  We did all kinds of volunteer work in our community & I loved it!  It made me feel like I was making a difference...I was helping out when help was needed!  What a good feeling!

Have you ever wondered how you or your family or co-workers or friends could get involved with some local events here at the beach?  Well, now is your chance!  The Myrtle Beach Marathon Race weekend has over 1,000 volunteers each year helping with all sorts of tasks such as race registration, distribution of shirts & race packets, assisting at water/food/aid stations, as well as finish line assistance & so much more!  This amazing event also needs volunteers with medical training for first aid stations & the finish line medical area! 

All volunteers receive a free volunteer shirt, & lots of thanks & praise from the Marathon Committee as well as from the race participants!  What a phenomenal event to get involved with in our community!  So what are you waiting for? 

If you are interested in volunteering on February 13th, 14th, or 15th & you really want to help make this an amazing & memorable event for all, then go to our "Volunteer Tab" on our website at mbmarathon.com & to sign up for medical assisting please email Dr. Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net !

Race weekend is a blast & involves lots of fun events including a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Team Relay, Neon Night 5K Run, & a One mile Family Fun Run! 

As always, go to our website at www.mbmarathon.com & sign up for our upcoming February Marathon Race events!  Register now & reserve your spot in this year's race weekend!  You won't want to miss out on this fast & flat marathon course which is also a Boston Qualifier!

Until next time, Happy Running!!!!!!!!!!!