HGTC celebrates 50 years with wellness run April 9

HTC is providing exclusive coverage of select Myrtle Beach Speedway races live at www.htcconnect.com and HTC Digital Cable Channel 4.

A 5K wellness run, complete with blood-pressure checks and freshly made smoothies, is the inaugural event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Horry Georgetown Technical College. The race will be held April 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at 950 Crabtree Lane on the HGTC Grand Strand campus near The Market Common. Registration is $20, which includes t-shirt, participation items and refreshments. Children may run for free.

Chef Joseph Bonaparte from the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach will provide nutritious smoothies, and HGTC healthcare faculty will provide blood-pressure checks and massages. Runners may sign up at hgtc.edu.

3 Doors Down to perform

American Music Award winning artists 3 Doors Down will be lighting up the night at Myrtle Beach Speedway May 5. Supporting their sixth album Us and the Night, the band will hit the Grand Strand in the intimate setting of the Myrtle Beach Speedway Amphitheater. The 5,000-fan venue will give every fan an up-close and personal view of the 16-time platinum group.

Tickets for the event are $50 for VIP Gold Circle and $30 for general admission. A limited number of VIP Gold Circle tickets are available and will sell out fast. Tickets can be purchased at the Myrtle Beach Speedway Box Office or at www.tickemaster.com.

Torch run planned April 19

The 2016 Heroes Helping Heroes/Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held April 19 in conjunction with the Horry County Special Olympics Spring Games at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans TicketReturn.com Field.

Agencies from all over Horry County will participate in this year’s run. The Torch Run will begin at 8 a.m. at Socastee High School and continue North on Highway 707 (Socastee Blvd.) toward the back gate of the old Air Force Base. The Run then turns up U.S. 17 Bypass North heading toward Coastal Grande Mall. It continues past the Mall, to 21st Avenue North, where it will turn east, heading to TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach Pelicans). The Torch Run should reach the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Field by 10 a.m.

USC Coach Muschamp to address local Gamecocks

University of South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will be the featured speaker at the Horry and Georgetown County Gamecock Club Spring Meeting on May 10 at Crown Reef Resort, 2913 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Muschamp will be available for autographs beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner at 6 p.m. A cash bar will also be available. There will be a raffle for prizes.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased from any Horry or Georgetown Gamecock Club member. Contact Kellah Webster at (843) 347-7688, (843) 458-9483 or hcgamecockclub.kellah@outlook.com, Brent Swain at (843) 997-0695 or ebswain@santeecooper.com or BJ Bryant at (843) 333-0927 or bybryant@sc.rr.com.

Myrtle Beach Speedway races televised

HTC is providing exclusive coverage of select, local Myrtle Beach Speedway races live at www.htcconnect.com and HTC Digital Cable Channel 4. Streaming video of the races will begin live most weekends. The races will simultaneously broadcast on HTC Digital Cable Channel 4. A schedule of races, along with the link for audio and video of the races, can be found on www.htcconnect.com. Just click on the links to watch the races live.

Contact Tom Vitt at (843) 369-8559 or Sandy Hendrick at (843) 369-8161.

Fitness challenge planned

In recognition of the McLeod Health 110-year celebration, McLeod Loris will hold a Fitness Challenge April 23 beginning with the 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. and a one-mile Fun Run at 8:10 a.m. The races take place at the Center for Health & Fitness, 3207 Casey St., Loris.

Overall prizes valued at $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the top three overall male and female winners. Medals will be awarded for each age division. Cost to participate is $20 if preregistering (April 16 deadline), $17 for McLeod Employees and Military Personnel. Registration cost on the day of the event is $25. Cost of the 5K includes a Run/Walk t-shirt and participation medal. The Fun Run cost is $5 for an individual and $10 for a family. All monies raised will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, benefiting Children’s Services at McLeod Loris Seacoast. Call (843) 390-8325. Online registration is available at www.itsyourrace.com. Race-day registration will be available from 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m.

Sports Classic planned

The Waccamaw Sports Classic will be held April 8 at Coastal Carolina University.

The Sports Classic is an annual event for active seniors ages 50-100 and on up. The regional event is for interested seniors who live in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. Sports Classic competition games include: softball throw, horseshoes, corn hole, shuffle board, bocce ball, pickleball, track and field events and a golf tournament.

To obtain a registration form or to find out more about the event visit www.waccamawsportsclassic.com or contact Kayla Ives Russell (843) 436-6123 or kives@wrcog.org.

Golf tournament planned

The Beachcomber Shrine Unit will host its sixth annual golf tournament Saturday at River Oaks Golf Plantation. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and play begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The tournament features a captain’s choice format with four-man teams. Cost per player is $50, or $200 per team and includes cart, greens fees and an additional free round of golf, refreshments and dinner afterwards. Prizes for winning teams, longest drive, closest to pin will be awarded as well as other door prize drawings. Contact Greg Bullock at (843) 446-5811, Rusty Watson at (843) 685-5540 or Cameron Batten at (843) 465-1130.

Golf tournament planned May 7

The Sons and Daughters of Italy Myrtle Beach Lodge 2662 will hold its 13th annual Benefit Golf Tournament May 7 at Prestwick Country Club beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. The tournament features a four-person scramble format, but singles are also welcome. Entry fee is $90 per person and includes green fees, cart, breakfast, contests, prizes and an awards luncheon with prime rib or Chicken Marsala.

Half of the proceeds will benefit The Community Kitchen.

Also, tee box markers are available for $100. Merchandise and gift certificates are being accepted as prizes.

Entry deadline is May 1.

Checks may be made payable to OSIA Lodge 2662 and mailed to Golf chair Bob Panicci, 7957 Moss Creek Road, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29588.

Contact Paniccia at (401) 529-7548 or rpaniccia@fop.necoxmail.com.

Bank provides tickets to nonprofit organizations

TD Bank will provide approximately 1,750 Myrtle Beach Pelican tickets to local nonprofit organizations in Horry and Georgetown counties through its Community Corner program.

Entering its sixth season, the Community Corner program presents tickets for all 70 Pelicans home games. Each night, a nonprofit organization will receive 25 tickets in the reserved box seating area at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. As part of the unique night out at the ballpark, the name of the organization will also appear on the video board during the game.

Nonprofits interested in joining the TD Bank Community Corner program are encouraged to contact Hunter Horenstein at (843) 918-6003 or by email at Hunter@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

The 2016 season will be the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

Host families needed

The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach will play host to The Victorian Kookaburras baseball team from Melbourne, Australia, at its annual Surf’s Up Tournament the week of July 10-15. Nineteen host families are needed to help accommodate the 38 players from three teams, one 14U and two 16U, and serve as ambassadors for Myrtle Beach during their trip.

“Australian teams have participated in our tournaments for the past five summer seasons,” said Bobby Holland, general manager of The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach. “This serves as a great opportunity for the domestic teams present that week to face international competition. The Australian teams typically display unprecedented sportsmanship during the tournament, as The Kookaburras are the epitome of what travel baseball and good sportsmanship is all about.”

For more information on becoming a host family or ambassador for the Victorian Kookaburras, contact Bobby Holland at (843) 213-2705 or bholland@ripkenbaseball.com.

Military Card set giveaway planned

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Embrace Hospice are welcoming applications for the third annual Military Card Set Giveaway. The presenting sponsor, Embrace Hospice, is a Florence-based hospice center that will be giving away sets to the first 1,000 fans through the gates prior to the May 21 game against the Lynchburg Hillcats. This year’s military appreciation day falls on Armed Forces Day. Thirty-six veterans will be selected for the card set, with a focus on Korean War veterans.

Veterans are encouraged to apply either in-person at the Pelicans‚ front office at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark or online at (https://experiences.offerpop.com/campaign/?experience=565cc128990e6d0d254670d6). All applications must include an active duty photo and are encouraged to be local to Horry County.

The 2016 season will be the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

Annual tournament planned

The 33rd annual National Retired Military Golf Classic will be held May 31 through June 4. All players must be retired military members of any branch of the uniformed services and/or their spouses.

The 2016 tournament begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start each day, and will be played at the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club South Creek and West, Pine Lakes, Burning Ridge, Pine Hills at Myrtlewood Country Club, Wild Wing Resort and The World Tour. The tournaments are four-person scrambles of four flights (A, B, C and D players).

Visit www.oceanaresorts.com/nrmgc or call toll free 1-877-840-8464.

Professionals to visit Grand Strand

A number of former professional athletes will be at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach youth baseball and softball complex next summer as part of the celebrity ambassador series lineup for the 2016 tournament season. Legendary ambassadors include National Baseball Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr., Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins, as well as USA Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch, who will headline two weeks of girls’ fast-pitch softball tournaments at the facility.

The 2016 Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach tournament ambassador series will offer weeklong participants the opportunity to meet former Major Leaguers and hear stories and life lessons based on their professional experiences. Big league notables slated to make an appearance include: June 12, High Tide Tournament, Tim Hudson; June 19, Summer Slam Tournament, Cal Ripken Jr.; June 26, Beach Blast Tournament, Phil Niekro; July 3, Tidal Wave Tournament, Andre Dawson; July 10, Surf’s Up Tournament, Brett Saberhagen; July 17, Big Kahuna Tournament, Fergie Jenkins; July 24, Ocean Breeze Tournament, Reggie Sanders; July 31, Wave Rider Tournament, Bobby Richardson; and Aug. 7, Hang Ten Tournament, Tommy John.

Also, the Summer Slam (June 19) and Ocean Breeze (July 24) tournaments will feature former University of Arizona and Team USA fast-pitch softball legend Jennie Finch.

Visit www.ripkenbaseball.com or call 1-888-RIPKEN-1.


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