MB’s Zola Budd Pieterse wins MB Mini Marathon

In her second try, Myrtle Beach’s Zola Budd Pieterse won the Women’s division of the Myrtle Beach Marathon today with a time of 1:21:15 over the 13.1 mile course.

Pieterse previously finished the 2011 race in second place 2 minutes faster than her performance this year.

The race took a 7am start as nearly 3200 runners followed a course that began at Coastal Grande Mall before weaving up Highway 17 and finishing along nearly 5 miles of oceanfront.

The event began with a threat of rain, said DJ Wally B who served as DJ and MC for the event. “Sunday started out wet and rainy. But, it cleared it up within an hour of the race and as usual, ended up being a beautiful day in Myrtle Beach.”

Donald Hodgins, 23, of Cornelius, NC was the overall winner with a time of 1:14:29. Myrtle Beach’s Diego Sosa and John Hynes battled for eleventh and twelfth place, and were the highest locals to place on the male side. Sosa would finish with 1:22:19

The mini marathon weekend, now in its 4th year also features the Coastal 5K race and Doggy Dash race on Saturday.

For complete results, click here.

Photo Courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon –

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