The Red Cross Rescue Racer Program is the official charity-training program for the Myrtle Beach Marathon. Through this program, participants with varying levels of fitness, can train successfully to run, run/walk or walk the half (13.1 miles) or full (26.2 miles) marathon. Team members vary from beginning to intermediate to advanced runners.
The program is a partnership of Capstone Event Group, LLC, and the Eastern South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross. The team also partners with the Grand Strand Running Club for coaching assistance and mentorship. The team program has raised more than $600,000 for Red Cross disaster services.
New participants pay a $35 non-refundable registration fee with a $20 membership to the Grand Strand Running Club.
Team members benefit from experienced trainers (Road Runner Club of America - RRCA certified coaches and mentors) who provide individual attention to development of training schedules and setting individual goals. An emphasis is placed on reaching those goals in a healthy way while avoiding injury.
Expert advice is offered through a series of educational programs provided by professionals in related fields such as nutrition, foot care, body mechanics, massage therapy, chiropractic, sports injury, and motivation.
Team members also benefit from the experience and guidance of seasoned marathoners who share how they achieve success. Weekly group training sessions provide a high level of motivation and encouragement.
Team membership guarantees: a paid slot in this popular race, a pre-race pasta party, access to an end-of-race team massage therapist, team logo apparel, a private duffle shuttle, and other benefits.
The program includes a 17- to 18-week training schedule beginning from the first week in November and running through race day the first weekend of March. Team activities continue year round to keep members engaged.
The team meets at the Red Cross Chapter, 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach.
The team is led by Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coaches assisted by returning team members.
Head Coach Christine Rockey has a Master’s in Wellness/Exercise Science and is pursuing a doctorate in Exercise and Performance Psychology. She has run 60 marathons in 24 states winning many including the Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Other coaches include Dustin Warren, a military veteran and physical therapy assistant; Gary Elmore, who holds a BS in Exercise and Sport Science; Toni Birchler, military veteran and dental hygienist; Roscoe Griffin, who has completed dozens of races including the Boston and Chicago marathons multiple times; and Dawn Buckley, walking coach and Red Cross Board of Directors member.
There is a $35 non-refundable registration fee per participant and each individual must complete and sign a team member application. Each new team member is also required to join the Grand Strand Running Club for discounts on races, which is a$20 annual fee ($30 per family).
To register, contact Diane Forcier, or by calling 843.477.0020