Saddle Up!

October 2018
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan

The American Heart Association Beach Ride celebrates its 37th year

The five-day event runs from October 31–November 4 and includes camping and a beach ride. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Join the fight against heart disease and stroke on horseback! Founded in 1981, the American Heart Association Beach Ride is a unique and fun event that helps raise funds to combat two of our country’s deadliest diseases. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers in America, claiming the lives of more than 870,000 annually.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s largest and oldest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting stroke and heart disease. The AHA fights for stronger public health policies, funds innovative research and provides critical information and tools to help save and improve lives.

The AHA Beach Ride is the only event of its kind on the East Coast. Held at Lakewood Camping Resort over five days each fall, the event will include educational seminars, the option to camp beachside, delicious food, auction items, a vendor row, fun entertainment like karaoke, and great company. The culmination of the days of fun will be Saturday’s beach ride, a 20-mile horseback ride along beautiful Myrtle Beach. This is a real treat, as it’s the only time of year horses are allowed on the beach within city limits.

If you opt to stay at Lakewood, you can camp on site with your horse and ride right out onto the beach from the campground. Riders who do this must be sure to have their campsites reserved before registering with the AHA.

The AHA Beach Ride will celebrate its 37th year in 2018. More than 1,110 horseback riders from 23 states and Canada will gather, with the event projected to raise over $300,000. For the official schedule, prices and to register, go to

American Heart Association Beach Ride - October 31–November 4

Lakewood Camping Resort, 5901 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, (843) 282-2911
Visit website for official schedule, prices and to register


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