Strand plays host to major weekend of sports tourism

mbmarathon-femaletapeThe sounds of bouncing balls, pounding pavement and ringing cash registers will be heard all over the Grand Strand with one of the biggest sports weekends ever.

The 20th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is the biggest draw, with an estimated 5,000 taking place in Saturday’s 26.2-mile main event and Friday’s tune-up races – the Grand Dunes 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run. But it is just one of many major sporting events set to place place over the weekend.

In Conway, the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament continues, with action set for all day Friday, the semifinals on Saturday, and the championship game on Sunday at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. Fans from all over the ACC are expected to support their teams.

At The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, the Can-Am Cup youth soccer tournament will host more than 200 teams from throughout the East Coast. Games will be held Friday through Sunday, when the championship matches of each division will be held at the Grand Park Athletic Complex.

The defending national champion Coastal Carolina University baseball team is hosting the Tidelands Health Classic, welcoming Albany, San Francisco and Winthrop. The Baseball at the Beach and Coastal Invitational high school baseball tournaments will be held at venues throughout the Myrtle Beach area.

From the “sorta sports” department, a major gymnastics competition will be held at the new Myrtle Beach Sports Center, the Robotics Palmetto Regional will take place next door at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, and a college bass fishing tournament will be held in Georgetown.

The influx of competitors and their friends and family is expected to result in one of the biggest sports tourism weekends ever on the Strand. The events are projected to make a major economic impact for local businesses.

Photo courtesy of MB Marathon

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