OBX Marathon Weekend Perfect for the Family

Tutu runners taking the Outer Banks Marathon challenge.
Tutu runners taking the Outer Banks Marathon challenge.
Outer Banks Marathon November 12

October has been filled with activities for some time, but with the Outer Bank Marathon Weekend anchoring activities for the month, November is close behind.

The Outer Banks Marathon is always the second Sunday of the month—that is this coming weekend, and there will be a few thousand runners on hand for the event…and events.

What makes the Outer Banks Marathon so perfect is that it is designed for the whole family. Not the Marathon, of course. That’s 26.2 miles and probably isn’t a good choice for a preteen.

Fun for the Whole Family

Saturday, though, is Super Saturday, with courses and runs designed with the family in mind. There is an 8K, 5K, a fun run and even a diaper dash.

The 5K and 8K share a course, and the 5K especially is a fairly easy run with no hills. The 8K does venture for a little bit into Nags Head Woods and that will make it a little more challenging and certainly a prettier run.

The Fun Run, at First Flight High School, is is really all about kids. There will be a bounce house, a kid sized obstacle course, piirate toss, face painting and Kitty Hawk Kites rock climbing wall will be on hand.

Sunday, though is when it gets real with a half marathon and marathon.

The 2017 version is the 12th Annual Marathon, and although there have been some adjustments, some things have remained constant.

A Beautiful Course

The course, beginning under the leafy canopy of Kitty Hawk Woods in Kitty Hawk is beautiful. The course passes the Wright Brothers Monument, goes through the heart of Nags Head Woods on a dirt road, parallels Jockey’s Ridge before crossing the Washington Baum Bridge into Manteo.

Runners who have not been on this course before, be aware that the Washington Baum Bridge, spanning Roanoke Sound can be a deal breaker.

The weekend weather is looking great. Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be overcast with moderate temperatures, but rain should hold off. Perfect conditions for runners.

The weekend is a production of Outer Banks Sporting Events. Proceeds from the weekend benefit the Dare Education Foundation and Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

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