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Red Cross Kicks Off 9th Annual Charity Training Program for Myrtle Beach Marathon

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Contact: Angela Nicholas

Phone: (843) 655-9788  



Red Cross Kicks Off 9th Annual

Charity Training Program for Myrtle Beach Marathon

Rescue Racers hosting Open Houses


MYRTLE BEACH, SC, October 22, 2015 - The Red Cross Rescue Racers, the official charity training team for the Myrtle Beach Marathon, will begin a 17-week training program on Sunday, Nov. 8, to prepare participants for the March 5, 2016, Myrtle Beach race.


The training program, sponsored by Inlet Anesthesia Consultants and presented by WebsterRogers CPAs, is designed to help individuals train with qualified coaches to run, run/walk, or walk, the full (26.2 mile) or half (13.1 mile) marathon.


Anyone interested in knowing more about the program is invited to attend one of two open houses scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the American Red Cross, Eastern South Carolina, 3531 Pampas Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC.


The training program was developed in 2007 as a partnership between the Red Cross chapter and the marathon board of directors. Since the team program’s inception, close to $500,000 in donations has been raised for Red Cross disaster services.


Road Runner Club of America (RRCA) certified coaches Christine Rockey, who serves as head coach, and program co-founder Susan Mungo, along with three assistant coaches, will lead the team this year. The program provides individuals desiring to run, run/walk, or walk the marathon or half-marathon with personalized training schedules that include a series of educational programs and a weekly group training session.


Among the numerous benefits, team members receive a guaranteed spot in this popular race now in its 19th year, team apparel, a sponsored pre-race pasta party, a private duffle shuttle on race morning, and a private massage tent at the finish line.


The team concept provides the motivation to help participants reach their individual goals. Individuals of all ages from 11 to 70 have participated on the team, including those with no race experience to those seeking to advance their training.


In return, team members commit to donating or raising a minimum of $500 to support the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross. By “training with a purpose,” they reach personal goals while simultaneously providing a community service. Students joining the team have a goal set at $250. Fundraising guidance and group activities are available to help ensure team members reach their goals.


Returning sponsors for this year’s team training program, in addition to those named above, are ABC News 15 and WWMB The CW 21, Gator 107.9 Radio, HTC Digital Cable, and Angelo’s Steak & Pasta.


For more information, contact Angela Nicholas at (843) 655-9788.



About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.