OBX Marathon-Outer Banks Community at Its Best

Katherine Price, winner of the 12th Annual Outer Banks Marathon leading all women as she passes Jockey's Ridge.
Katherine Price, winner of the 12th Annual Outer Banks Marathon leading all women as she passes Jockey’s Ridge.

We just had our 12th Annual Outer Banks Marathon Weekend and it was a great one. Good participation with runners coming from all over the United State, fantastic running weather on Sunday for the marathon and half marathon and most importantly, it looks as though everyone had a great time.

Community Participation Sets OBX Marathon Apart

Something that really seems to set the Outer Banks Marathon apart from other races is the community participation—how local groups come together to support the race.

Every few miles there is a watering station, or maybe a Gatorade station—both are served—and everyone of them is staffed with volunteers.

The Outer Banks Marathon itself began as a funding initiative for the Dare Education Foundation, and it continues to fund the DEF today, although funds are now split between the DEF and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

One of the nicer features of the weekend—because it really is a weekend event—is how much focus is placed on families.

Saturday is given over to shorter races, a fun run and a diaper dash. Admittedly the wether did not cooperates too well on Saturday this year. Although it did not rain, it was cold and windy. The 5k and 8k races were fine, but with temperatures struggling to get out of the 40s, overcast skies and a brisk wind from the northeast, it wasn’t a good day for a diaper dash.

Sunday was a different story with near perfect conditions for a long distance race.

A number of national publications have commented on how picturesque the marathon course is, beginning in Kitty Hawk Woods and even taking a jaunt along a dirt road beneath the dense maritime forest canopy of Nags Head Woods.

The finish line on the Manteo waterfront adds to the charm of the race.

We had pretty good participation from local runners this year, with Dillon Pope from Kill Devil Hills the top local runner finishing 13th overall with a time of 3:02.

Top finishers were Blair Teal from Charlotte, NC with a winning time of 2:22:30., and Katherine Price from Beaufort who finished three seconds in front of Dillon.

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.