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

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

A Great Day for a Run

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by D. Anna Sheley
So how is your Myrtle Beach Marathon training going? I hope you were able to take part in some of this past weekend's events to commemorate 9/11, such as the national Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k Run. With 60 pounds of gear, Siller, FDNY, abandoned his vehicle that fateful day and ran through the already closed 1.7 mile Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in an effort to reach those in need. After being picked up by a fire engine from another company, he made it to ground zero. Sadly, he never made it home.  

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k was started by the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, whose mission it is to honor the legacy of love given to us by Siller,  who laid down his life on 9/11,  and follow Stephen’s footsteps through support of children who have lost a parent, firefighters, and military who have been seriously injured and sacrifice their quality of life in the line of duty. Myrtle Beach, SC, with the help of the Grand Strand Running Club and an exquisite Sunday morning sun rise over the Atlantic, was proud to be one of many cities throughout the United States to host this event.


An October 22-23, 2011 Myrtle Beach running event, the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, offers other opportunities to prepare for the granddaddy BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon, February 16-18, 2012. 

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
                                                                                                                           T.S. Eliot