Ripley's Penguin Dash 5K Run/Walk

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Running > 1 mile, 5k

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Event Description


Ripley's Penguin Dash 5K 
1M Family Fun Run/Walk
Toddler Waddle
Saturday, February 18, 2023

*sponsorship opportunities are available-please email for details



  • Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach (1110 Celebrity Circle, MB)

Race Start Times:

  • 5K at 8:00am
  • 1M at 8:15am
  • Toddler Waddle at 9:00am

About Ripley's:

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is excited to host the Penguin Dash 5K Run/Walk and Ripley’s Penguin Family Fun 1 mile walk/run on Saturday February 18, 2023. This family-friendly, themed event will be a celebration of the South African Penguins. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest and all ages are welcome. There is even a free Toddler Waddle taking place in front of Ripley’s Aquarium that morning at 9am.  This event will start and end in front of Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach and the route takes the runners through the Broadway at the Beach shopping and dining complex. Norman and Sharkee will be there and we may get a special visit from the penguins themselves! Read more about these beautiful creatures here: 

Non-Profit Information:
A portion of race proceeds will be donated toward Penguin Conservation efforts through SANCOBB-  The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds. In addition, each participant has the opportunity to make subsequent donations during registration. These donations go directly toward the penguin conservation.

Our Mission at Ripley’s Aquarium:
“Our mission is to create a top quality, world-class aquatic life facility that will foster environmental education, conservation and research, while simultaneously providing entertainment for visitors of all ages”


  • Plenty of parking at Broadway at the Beach


  • Available adjacent to Ripley's

Race Swag:

  • Race bib
  • Made in the USA finisher medal (5K only)
  • 1M finisher ribbon
  • Participant shirt (while sizes last)
  • Aquarium ticket for 5K and 1M participants valid for 1 entry (expires in 1 year)

Race Info:

  • 5K Run/Walk is a chip timed event beginning at 8:00am
  • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is an un-timed event beginning at 8:15am
  • Toddler Waddle is an un-timed 50 yard dash beginning at 9:00am
  • Costume Contes-prizes for top 3 

Race Bib Pickup:

  • Friday, February 17 4:00-7:00pm at Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach
  • Saturday, February 18  6:45-7:30am at Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach


  • Overall and Age Group Awards will begin at 9:05am
  • Costume Contest Awards at 9:05am
  • Results are live at
  • Award categories:
          Costume Contest 1,2,3 place
          Overall Male and Female 1,2,3 place
          Overall Masters Male and Female 1 place
          Overall Grand Masters Male and Female 1 place
          Age groups: Male and Female 1,2,3 place 0-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80

Social Media/Website Info:
Ripley's Aquarium FB: 
Broadway at the Beach FB: 

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