Thousands brave the cold for Myrtle Beach Marathon

Dean Thompson of Georgia battled cold weather and chilly winds to win the 16th annual Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon on Saturday.

Thompson rounded the 26.2 mile course around the Grand Strand in a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 14 seconds, more than 10 minutes off the record pace under the old course layout.

Regina Horak of Wisconsin won the women’s division with a time of 2:54:19, and Jay Upchutch of Charleston made a strong late push to win the 13.1-mile Dasani Half Marathon.

Top local marathon finishers in under the 4-minute mark were Robert Carroca of Myrtle Beach (2:47), Jason McWhorter of Myrtle Beach (3:07), Jacon White of Conway (3:10), Cami Warner of Myrtle Beach (3:14), Misty White of Myrtle Beach (3:24), Robert Vittetoe of Myrtle Beach (3:26), Bruce Gregory of Myrtle Beach (3:26), Julie Durall of Murrells Inlet (3:33:), Hal Ruska of Myrtle Beach (3:36), Leah Mazurkiewicz of Myrtle Beach (3:39), Andrea Jackson of Myrtle Beach (3:43), Adam Fegley of Conway (3:48), Mezrahd Namirian of Myrtle Beach (3:48), Melissa Down-High of Myrtle Beach (3:48), and Tim Horne (3:54).

Photo courtesy of MB Marathon

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