Plan ahead for the 2018 Myrtle Beach Marathon

Marathon running feetThe 21st annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is next Saturday, March 3.  Drivers should allow extra time to get to their destinations, as traffic will be congested during race hours.  Please watch for runners and drive with care!  Hotels should advise their guests to park west of Ocean Boulevard on Friday, March 2.  Vehicles will not easily be able to cross Ocean Boulevard during the race hours on Saturday morning.  See the course map at   The marathon begins at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3.  Remember that US 17 (commonly called “the bypass”) is not part of the marathon course, so use US 17 for north/south travel on Saturday.

  • Plan ahead for travel on Saturday and allow extra time to get to your destination.

  • Motorists should avoid the intersections of 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway and 29th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway.

  • Anticipate heavy congestion in the Grand Dunes Boulevard and Kings Highway area.

  • Northbound traffic on Ocean Boulevard is only available for race participants.

  • Parking along Ocean Boulevard will be prohibited after 1:00 a.m.  Saturday, March 3, until the race has concluded.

  • Barricades will be staged along Ocean Boulevard Friday, March 2.  The equipment will be put into place Saturday, March 3, before the race.  The equipment will be moved as runners clear the area. 

Here is how traffic will be impacted along Ocean Boulevard:

  • Northbound traffic will not be allowed on Ocean Blvd until the race has cleared this area. (Typically this area is clear around 10 am.)

  • Ocean Boulevard will be closed to all traffic from 12th Ave N to 2nd Ave N for the 5 k race, from 6:15 to 8:15 a.m., Saturday, March 3

  • 12th Ave N to 8th Ave N will be closed to all traffic after the 5k race has concluded. 

 For a list of all road closures and to see where to expect delays, click here.

If you have questions regarding the 21st Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon, call the Information Hotline 843-918-4636.  The hotline will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3.  It will re-open 5:00 a.m., Saturday, March 3.