October 2016
Mini Marathon Recap
Emily Maxwell , GSRC Member

After months of training, time away from family, running, running, and more running the day was finally upon us! For some of us it was our first half marathon, for others this may have been half marathon number two, three or even a dozen plus! Regardless if this event was your first or twentieth half all of us could not have asked for a better day. As always the Grand Strand Running Club family members met each other with hugs, laughter and excitement in the parking lot of the Coastal Grand Mall (one of the events main sponsors). As our feet hit the pavement on Robert Grisham parkway the sun began to peak over the horizon coupled with a slight breeze in the air; it was a perfect day for running!

As the race continued on turning onto Ocean Blvd the slight breeze picked up a bit, but the view more than made up for it. Soon you could see the Sky Wheel come into sight, a sight that helped the runners realized the end was closer. As we passed the Sky Wheel you could hear the cheers from the finish line pulling you towards it. Just as mile 12 was upon us the smiling facing of the Grand Strand Running Club’s water stop came into focus. For many of us the faces of our GRSC family was exactly what we needed to give us the last push to the end.

After the finish many of us enjoyed wonderful pictures with our metals and an amazing view of the ocean. We strolled down to boardwalk to enjoy a well-deserved refreshing beverage!

Thank you to the many volunteers that helped during mini marathon weekend!


Member Comments About the Mini
> Jodi Dresmich:
I had the honor of volunteering with a lot of great people! I was glad to be a part of cheering everyone on at that 12th mile! My first volunteering AWESOME experience!

Erica Black:
Ran my First Half Marathon at the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon!!! Felt so great to finish something I had trained for!! Great time!!! Looking forward to my next half.

Ali Z:
Today in the mini, at mile 9, I logged my 1,000th mile!!!!! I usually hate mile 9 but today it had a different feeling!

Bob Sutter:
The wife and I ran our first 5K with our girls 8 and 10. That was awesome! I ran the half this morning with a goal of 2 hours. Finished in 1:55. Good times!

Leigh Ball:
The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon was my 2nd half marathon. I beat last year's time by 12 minutes.

GSRC and MB TRI Club Appreciation Night at Black Dog Running Company
November 2, 2016   6:30p

Join us for a special event on Wednesday November 2nd to celebrate all local athletes in our running and Tri community. Learn more about the GSRC and MBTC, meet with club reps and get involved with helping your community become more active. We will be hosting a group walk/run from the shop at 6:30pm - followed by food and refreshements from a local brewery. We will also have Demo shoes to test out from Hoka One One - the fastest growing brand in running specialty. If that wasnt enough we will also have raffle prizes, store wide event discounts and some special suprises!!
Zola Budd Book Signing
Liberty Tap Room and Grill - November 1, 2016

Zola Budd Pieterse, two time Olympian, World Cross Country Champion and Assistant Coach at Coastal Carolina University will be signing copies of Kyle Keiderling’s book, “Olympic Collision: The Story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd”. The book details the backgrounds of the two runners leading up to the 1984 Olympics 3000M as well as the aftermath of their collision during the race.

All proceeds from the sale of copies of the book at this event will go directly to support the Coastal Carolina University Cross Country and Track and Field programs. There will be a cash bar and appetizer specials.

Runners and walkers in the Grand Strand area as well as supporters and alumni of Coastal Carolina University are invited.

Zola will join us for a fun run and walk beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the book signing will be from 6:30 until 8:00.

Safety Awareness
Officer William McLeod of the North Myrtle Beach Police Department gave a Safety Awareness presentation to the Tuesday night North Myrtle Beach runners on October 25th at Z's Amazing Kitchen restaurant. He focused his talk on keeping runners safe during their runs, including wearing reflective gear, listening to music on one ear and being vigilant. He said, if possible, to run with a partner, change your routes often and report any suspicious activity you may come across. Additional details from Officer McLeod's presentation are available on the GSRC's Facebook page.

Grand Prix Reminders
Ryan Dion , Grand Prix Committee
  • Grand Prix points are not awarded for Border Battle.
  • The Surfside Turkey Trot 10k is the only Turkey Trot race awarded for Grand Prix points.
  • The Race to Save Hearts has been moved to December 17th. Therefore, the Grand Prix dinner will be moved to some time after Christmas.

November 5, 2016
Ray Run 5K Walk/Run
Myrtle Beach, SC

November 18, 2016
"Dashing through the Glow" 5k & 1 mile Walk/Run
North Myrtle Beach, SC

November 24, 2016
Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot

Surfside Beach, SC

November 24, 2016
Myrtle Beach Turkey Trot
Myrtle Beach, SC

November 24, 2016
Florence Turkey Trot 5K
Florence, SC

November 26, 2016
Calabash Turkey Trot
Calabash, NC


Jason Brody
Linda Dittrich
Sue Jackman
George Protz
Kaitlin Dermody
Glenn Johnston
Dustin Warren
Kathy Clem
Diana Pendleton
Daphne Williams
Leigh Ball
Chase Blackmon
John Davis
Felicia Fratto
Patti Kerwin
Paul Seehafen
Lisa Scott
Barbara Allen
Erica Black
Lana Egnatoff
Don Mundie
Matthew Rice
Baxter Brooks
Paul Sapienza
Beach Mazda

This year's proceeds totaled $10,725.00!


Participating in a leadership role is a challenging, yet at the same time, very rewarding experience. Take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague to the Nominating Committee for review. Nominations should only be made with the consent and permission of the person being nominated no later than November 8. Nominations for the election of any Club Officer will be accepted from the floor prior to the voting. Absentee ballots are acceptable but there shall be no proxy voting. Voting will take place at the Claire Chapin Epps YMCA on November 16.
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Please submit nominations and any questions you may have to here no later than November 8.

Battle At The Border
Ryan Dion

Dawn White

Matthew Cutright

Grand Prix
Ryan Dion

Kids Running Program
Christine Rockey

Jessica Kristich

Jim Troxell

Lorena Cutright

Training Team
Christine Rockey

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