More than 4,000 runners hit the streets of Myrtle Beach

Eddie Posey of Easley captured his first-ever victory in a 26.2-mile marathon on Saturday by running away with the 21st Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon.

Easley’s time of 2:43:11 was a full 2 1/2 minutes ahead of the runner-up, Paul Newnham of Charlotte, NC, placed second overall in a time of 2:45.42.

Jenn Helmer of Johns Island was the top finisher in the women’s division with a time of 3:09.18. Gerald Graf of North Myrtle Beach was the top-finishing local at 3:20.14.

In the half-marathon, Tanner Cook of Johnson City, TN, also ran away from the field to break the tape in a time of 1:13.01. He was nearly 6 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Tom Dion of Mount Pleasant in a time of 1:18.55. Jennifer Zwick was the fastest female and third-place overall with a time of 1:20.16.

Daniel Blouin won the Myrtle Beach 5K in a time of 15:59.7, beating runner-up Thomas Turgeon (16:42.4) across the finish line at Plyler Park by nearly 45 seconds. Becky Dougherty (20:06.4) was the top finisher in the women’s division.

More than 4,000 total runners took part in the the three races run under the Myrtle Beach Marathon umbrella.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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