Couture by the Shore Coming to Duck Woods Soon

Fashion, food, a little wine and it’s all for a good cause. Couture by the Shore is celebrating its 9th annual fundraising event for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, and this is one fashions how that should not one missed.

It’s an afternoon affair on Saturday, May 11 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores. 

There are 10 retailers outfitting the runway models this year: Birthday Suits, Foxy Flamingo Boutique, Grays Sportswear, Honey & Hive Boutique, Life’s A Beach, Mudpie, Outer Banks Boarding Company, The French Door, Untucked, and Zen & Zip. 

And the models? They’re employees and friends. In other words friends and neighbors of just about everyone on the Outer Banks.

The event, as much as it’s a lot of fun, serves a really important function—it is one of the largest fundraisers for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

The Relief Foundation is often the first organization to reach out to local residents in times of need. If there is a house fine, they are often the first ones to offer the financial assistance needed to find temporary housing. When families face devastating illnesses, it’s the Relief Foundation that often stops forward to provide transportation or other services.

In the 13 years since the organization was founded, the foundations helped more than 850 families, providing $1.75 million in aid. That’s more then 65 families helped every year.

Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates is a proud sponsor of this event and we would love to see the Duck Woods banquet room filled to capacity.

Tickets are available at any of the ten stores dressing the models.

Perfect Conditions Greet OBX Marathon Runners

Marathoners on the multi-use path by Kitty Hawk Bay.
Marathoners on the multi-use path by Kitty Hawk Bay.

It would be hard to imagine better weather for the 11th running of the Outer Banks marathon. Cool temperatures at the start on Kitty Hawk Road, almost no wind for the entire time and beautiful sunshine. 

Blair Teal from Charlotte, North Carolina posted the best time crossing the finish line in Manteo at 2:22. For the women it was Svetlana Pretot from Morristown, New Jersey finishing at 2:53.

A regular part of the Outer Banks Veterans Day mix, the Outer Banks Marathon has become far more than a one race and done race. Organized by Outer Banks Sporting Events, over the past ten years since the first race was run, the event has become a weekend extravaganza featuring the Southern Fried Half Marathon—which had over 2400 participants this year—as well as everything from a Family Fun Run to the Southern 6 Run, which is almost a 10k.

Widely seen praised as one of the most beautiful marathons on the circuit, it is a qualifying heat for the Boston Marathon.

The starting line is on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk under the canopy of the hardwood trees of Kitty Hawk Woods. The route parallels Kitty Hawk Bay, eventually winding through Nags Head Woods.

The finish line on the waterfront in Mateo is adds to the flavor of a unique Outer Banks experience.

The Outer Banks Marathon began its life as an offseason reason for visitors to come to the Outer Banks and a fundraiser for the Dare Education Foundation. Over the years it has grown in popularity and its success has enabled the OBSE to fund two Outer Banks nonprofits—the DEF and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.