Riders hit the beach on horseback to raise money for heart research

Beach ride along Grand Strand coast

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – The American Heart Association hosted its 34th annual beach ride Saturday, more than 2,000 horses walked 20-miles along the Grand Strand coast.

The ride began at the Lakewood Camping Resort and riders made their way to 54th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

Money raised will benefit American Heart Association research and education, a cause close to the hearts of riders.

“My boyfriend had open heart surgery and has had three pace makers, and he’s doing real good. I love the research the heart association does to help him live,” said Patsy Kelly a rider from Franklin, N.C.

Organizers say they’ve raised more than $280,000 in donations this year; and with more coming in they’re hopeful to meet their $300,000 goal.

Since the beach ride started 34 years ago, its participants have helped raise more than $3 million dollars for the American Heart Association.

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