Join the official charity training team of the Myrtle Beach Marathon.
What it is: The Red Cross Rescue Racer program is a charity training team for participants of varying levels of fitness who desire to train safely to run, run/walk, or walk the half (13.1 miles) or full (26.2 miles) Myrtle Beach Marathon. Team members vary from beginners to intermediate to advanced.
Partnership: The program is a fundraising partnership of the Board of Directors of the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Benefits: Members benefit from experienced trainers (coaches and mentors) who provide individual attention to development of training schedules and setting individual goals. Expert advice is available through a series of educational programs on related fields such as foot care, nutrition, sports injury, and motivation. Weekly group training sessions help keep participants on track and provide motivation.
Coaching Staff: Head Coach Jackie Sgambati holds a BS in Exercise/Sports Medicine and a Master’s in Nutrition. She is a runner with extensive experience with marathon training and professional coaching at the university level. Susan Mungo, who helped found the team seven years ago and acts as run/walk coach, has completed numerous marathons and half marathons and founded the RiverTown Reindeer Race, a 5K team fundraiser held the first weekend of December each year in Conway, S.C.
Training Schedule: The program includes a 17-to-18 week training schedule from mid-October to race day in mid-February. The team meets at the Red Cross Chapter, 3531 Pampas Dr., Myrtle Beach.
Fundraising Commitment: Each team member commits to raising or donating a minimum of $500 to help local Red Cross disaster relief programs. Team members are responsible for reaching their own financial goal; however, there are optional group fundraising activities available. The $500 covers marathon registration fees, team logo apparel, a pre-race and post-race party, and access to a team massage therapist at the finish. Race packets are available once the financial commitment is met.
Registration: Participants pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee with $25 of that fee going toward administrative costs and $25 toward the $500 fundraising goal. (Returning members pay $25; zero if they recruit a new team member or have 5 or more years on the team.)
The Greatest Benefit: “Training with a purpose” to help others while helping yourself!