February 27, 2015
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BI-LO associate Tony Goins finished the half-marathon in less than two hours.​

Some 1,700 runners bundled up Feb. 14 and headed for the streets of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to take part in the 18thMyrtle Beach Marathon.

The marathon draws runners from across the United States, with attendees seeking to run along the beautiful grand strand. Runners lined up behind the BI-LO Walter's Pals Van as the pace car took the runners 26 miles throughout the city, including scenic beach routes.

The BI-LO refuel station, which was run by BI-LO volunteers, offered runners a wide variety of treats -- including muffins, bagels, chips, crackers, bananas, oranges, apples, and yogurt. Runners were also provided with water and Powerade from Coke, Chocolate milk from PET, and warm soup from Dole.

“The Myrtle Beach Marathon is a huge event for the local community and we enjoy being involved each year,” stated BI-LO Myrtle Beach District Director Fred DiGregorio. “Leading the race in the pace car is truly something special; we have a front seat view at what the runners endure throughout the entire race and a true appreciation for their determination and courage.”

This year’s race took place on a very special day and love was seen at the finish line, which one couple chose as their place to become engaged. The first place finisher was Steve Sinko from Wilmington, Delaware, who finished in two hours and forty minutes.

Local BI-LO associates also took part in the run and associate Tony Goins, from 5741 in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, ran the 13.1 half-marathon in one hour and 56 minutes. “I had a lot of fun running the race and even beat my son and co-worker, Ashley!” stated Goins. “It felt great to run such a beautiful race!”

The marathon is the main attraction in a three-day event that also offers a kids run fun, neon night 5k, relay race, and a half marathon. The event also featured a two-day expo, where BI-LO re-introduced the organic Full Circle product line with free samplings of strawberry and blueberry all-natural cereal bars. BI-LO also offered samplings of local South Carolina products available through the BI-LOCAL programas well as free health screenings from the pharmacy.

The marathon attracted 7,000 participants throughout the three-day event.

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