Ricky Scott

Jeff Dodrill

Pat Maccariella-Hafey

Ricky’s Bio

Started running in 1977 and have grown to like the long run.   I’ve run 259 events and  243 have been half marathon to 100 Miles.   I’ve run all over the US and have met some of the best people at these runs.  I retired in 2021 and now have more time to run.
-Why do I continue to run the Mini?    It’s a great time of the year for a fast half.
-Why should others run this race?      It’s a great all round event, It’s got a great course, huge medal, great people supporting the race and running it.
-What is your favorite part of the race?   The course.

Jeff’s Bio

Jeff Dodrill is a physical education teacher and cross country coach in North Carolina. He has held those positions for 34 years and enjoys working with young people and seeing their progress. Jeff began running his junior year of high school in West Virginia, then competed in cross country for Fairmont State College. He has completed over 30 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times, during his career. Jeff had a 12-year running streak from April 3, 1998 to April 3, 2000 without missing a day. Once a competitive runner, he now enjoys the personal satisfaction and social aspect of running. He also enjoys playing golf and traveling, which makes the Mini Marathon a great experience every year. The location of the race in Myrtle Beach during October offers: great weather, sand on the beach, the ocean, a beautiful course and the opportunity for everyone to accomplish their goals. Run the Mini!

Pat’s Bio

My running career started early when I ran the mile in High School. I remember finishing 5th in the city meet.  I then took a marathon class in college taught by the late Sy Mah who was instrumental in the Glass City marathon. I ran half and a fellow student ran half of that marathon. That was my first half marathon way back in 1978.   I took a long hiatus but then came back to running in 2006 and joined the Grand Strand Running Club. I ran 5Ks but when the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon came to Myrtle Beach October 23, 2010I knew I had to train to run it. I absolutely loved this race! The half bug had bitten me!  Although the course has changed slightly over the years, it brings you down Ocean Blvd and then down the board walk right along the beach which is my favorite part!  Also having the race in October allows the weather to cool somewhat so it is always a pleasant experience.   I have run in a MB Mini Marathon race every year since and even PR’d my half here since returning to running.   I hope to run many more! If you enjoy a fast, flat course by the ocean, this is the half marathon for you!

Shannon Neal

Robert McBee

Scott Davison

Shannon’s Bio

I have been an endurance athlete for over 20 years now and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon has always been one of my favorites. Year after year after year, it has consistently provided the perfect weather conditions, a flat and fast course, and the iconic ocean front finish is truly a welcome home after the day’s 13.1 mile journey.
Over the last thirteen events, I’ve had friends from all over the US make their way here to run this race with me and without exception, the Mini has always been a gracious host and help us create memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you are an experienced runner who’s looking to set a PR or if you just bought your first pair of running shoes and want the own the accomplishment of running a half marathon, the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon is the perfect race for you!
Best of luck and we’ll see you on the course!

Robert’s Bio

In April of 2015 my Uncle Danny McBee suddenly and unexpectedly died. My family was devastated. He was the youngest of 10 children and in good health. I ran with my Uncle when I was a teenager at many road races but walked away from running at the age of seventeen. On my birthday my Uncle tried to talk me into running again with him. He was a life long runner and was very passionate about the sport. I thought he was crazy. It had been 33 years since I ran competitively but, when I got the horrible news about my Uncle I put on a pair of tennis shoes and went for a run. There was a terrible thunderstorm that day and as the rain washed away my tears I made a promise to myself that day to stop sleepwalking through life…to dust off my old dreams and chase them once again. After running a few local 5k races in honor of my Uncle. I decided to sign up for the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon and run in his memory. You see, he had never missed that race, he was a legacy runner! My Aunt waited for me at the finish line and I gave her my medal so that we could continue his streak. It is a tradition that we have continued to do ever since he passed away. This October will be my 9th Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon in a row. Since I have started running again I have set four State Age Group Records. I’ve run 25 marathons, including the Boston Marathon the last 5 years. In 2022 I was named the USATF South Carolina Male Masters Long Distance Runner Of The Year.
*Race Director note: Robert contacted us and shared the story of his Uncle Danny and his love for the MB Mini and how he has continued the legacy. NS Promos is proud to be part of this continuing journey in memory of Uncle Danny through Robert!

Scott’s Bio

I’m 56 years old and originally from Haymarket, VA.  Running has always been a part of my life.  Playing soccer, tennis and volleyball while in school or running as an adult to stay active.  In 2006, my wife and I moved from Stafford, VA to Murrells Inlet.   I continued to run, but found that I needed a goal to stay consistent.  I’ve been running in two Myrtle Beach half marathons since 2010.  Signing up for these races every October & March keeps me in “training” mode year round.   Running in Myrtle Beach is nice and flat!  The music and spectators along the MB Mini course provide great energy and makes 13.1 miles go by fast.   The home stretch along the beach is the perfect ending along with the cold beer!