Running trend not cooling down along the Grand Strand

Runners will hit the streets of Myrtle Beach this weekend for a mini-marathon, and this is just one of many running events popping up along the Grand Strand lately.

Dawn White, a running coach and sales person at Black Dog Running Company in Myrtle Beach, said more people are running in more events than ever before.

"On any given weekend, you can find a race somewhere," White said.

According to the national runners survey, 4 times more people compete in races since 1990. The biggest jump is among women, who now outnumber men in races by 12 percent.

White credits more fun running events, like the Color Run and the Glow Run, for example, to this growing trend.

"Some people, even people that are training for races, they may say sometimes they don't enjoy running. But when the event chooses to make it fun, throwing the color on you, or doing the obstacle courses and such, that is going to attract a lot of different people," White said.

As more people become interested in participating in these events, White said to expect one to pass by a city near you.

"I really think it's just going to continue to grow. The races are going to get bigger and bigger, so that means they're going to have different races in different places, so maybe cities that haven't had a race before, they may want to get in on the action."

White said running is something anyone can do. If you're interested in getting started, she said the Grand Strand Running Club has night runs for runners of all levels.