According to a press release, the Myrtle Beach camping resort will transform into a 200-acre equestrian-friendly ranch for the horses taking part in the annual event that raises money for the American Heart Association.
The Beach Ride is expecting more than 1,200 riders and 2,000 participants from 23 states and Canada. This year’s ride includes people from California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado and many other parts of the United States.
Riders and participants will spend five days and four nights at Lakewood, exploring more than 20 miles of the Atlantic coastline. The Beach Ride is the largest beach trail ride in South Carolina and just one of the many events held annually at one of Myrtle Beach’s premier camping resorts.
“The Beach Ride is such a unique and special event for Lakewood and the Grand Strand because it’s not every day you see horses walking on the beach, let alone hundreds of horses,” said Robert Clinger, general manager of Lakewood Camping Resort. “We’re proud to partner with such an impactful event and organization that allows people to come together and share their passion while they remember the friends and family they’ve lost to heart disease and stroke. It’s truly a special event for us to host, and we’re thankful to have continued the tradition for the past 12 years.”
Since the event’s debut, more than $4.8 million has been raised to support the American Heart Association’s cardiovascular research and education projects. The Beach Ride is for riders and participants only, as well as Lakewood guests, and closed to the public. For more information about the 36th Annual American Heart Association Beach Ride, visit AHAbeachride.org.