MYRTLE BEACH, SC--(Marketwire - Jan 19, 2012) - Expecting one of the biggest crowds in race history and high participation, organizers and supporters of the annual Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon are gearing up for an exciting 2012 race weekend February 16-18.

The Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes is welcoming race enthusiasts with special rates starting as low as $129* so they can enjoy excitement of the festivities along with relaxing accommodations at one of the premier Myrtle Beach hotels with pool and health club facilities. Activities planned throughout the three-day Marathon Weekend, not only include the featured Bi-Lo Marathon, but the popular Dasani Half Marathon, both set to start at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 18. The Ripley's Aquarium Family Fun Run will kick-off the running events at 5:30 p.m. on Friday followed by the RBC Bank 5K Run at 7 p.m. The Spirit Airlines Runner's Expo will be open Thursday evening and all day Friday and an exciting House of Blues Post Race Party will conclude the weekend.

Runners, their families, friends and supporters will relax easy in this Myrtle Beach resort's oceanfront accommodations, where cotton-rich linens, marble bathrooms with Bath and Body Works amenities, plush robes and room service are standard. High-speed and TV Internet access is available and for in-room entertainment, premium movie channels are offered along with pay-per-view movie options. Guests of this stylish Marriott will also have easy access to one of the finest spas on Myrtle Beach, as the hotel is home to the Hibiscus Spa and offers a full line of services, treatments and rejuvenating amenities to ease away the stresses of a long day.

Whether heading out early, or calling it a day, dining in Myrtle Beach is easy when staying at this impressive resort, with a variety of restaurants located nearby and offering a wide selection of menu options. On-site, guests can enjoy the hotel's own Ocean's on 82nd where breathtaking views are served up right along with succulent steaks and fresh seafood.

Groups or organizations seeking meeting space in Myrtle Beach will find an abundance of space at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, as this Grande Dunes location features 45,000 square feet of flexible event space, with seating capacity for up to 1,665 persons. Ideally situated to provide an inspiring retreat-like atmosphere, this conference center hotel offers a full line of services for both business and social gatherings.

Marathon weekend accommodations may easily be booked online by clicking on "Check Availability" at or by calling 1-843449-8880.

*Rates are per room per night based on availability at the time of reservation. Please visit hotel website for additional terms and conditions.

About the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes

The Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes is a luxury resort and part of the magnificent 2,200-acre plantation-style Grande Dunes Residential Community, offering the finest in accommodations, service and amenities. Its oceanfront location allows guests magnificent views and access to the sparkling white South Carolina sands and crisp blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, while enjoying close proximity to popular Myrtle Beach attractions.

Contact Information:

Cindy Hull
Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes