Every year on the first Wednesday of June, runners across the United States put on their favorite pair of sneakers and hit the pavement. As a means of celebrating the sport of running, the now globally recognized holiday was originally created to draw attention to the health benefits of running while bringing people together.
Don’t be surprised if you see sprinters outside on June 3rd. All levels of athleticism are encouraged to participate. No matter the distance, the holiday is meant to excite people to get up and get moving! If you’re looking for a change of scenery while you celebrate National Running Day, check out this list of the best running spots in Myrtle Beach.
The Horry County Bike and Run Park
This challenging trail is referred to as the “Hulk” because of its twisty turns and rollercoaster hills. Those seeking something casual, be warned, this is a spot for passionate joggers. Bikers are also welcome in a sectioned off side.
The Market Common
Casual walkers love the loop around the Valor Memorial Garden, also known as the Market Common. The 1.1-mile path features ponds and fields. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, the Market Common is your best bet.
The Beach and Boardwalk
The wide stretch of sand makes running on the beach in Myrtle doable, so long as you stick close to the water. The boardwalk goes on for 1.2 miles. So when you’re sick of the sand, you’ve got plenty of boardwalks to get your steps in. Timing is important for beach runners. Peak sun hours could mean weaving through umbrellas and sandcastles. The early morning is ideal for avoiding crowds.
Looking for something a little quieter? Murrells Inlet is an endurance runners paradise. The flat stretch of land offers calm residential views. Without much traffic, you can finish your run uninterrupted.
Huntington Beach State Park
This trail offers a more secluded spot while still having its scenic nature views. With almost two miles of trails, wetlands, and marsh, Huntington Beach is the perfect outdoor running spot.