Veteran’s Day Weekend Brings Annual Outer Banks Marathon

Marathon runners pass Kitty Hawk Bay in Kitty Hawk.
Marathon runners pass Kitty Hawk Bay in Kitty Hawk.

Beautiful Course Ties Kitty Hawk and Manteo Together

As marathons go, the Outer Banks Marathon has a lot going for it. It has a few challenges here and there, but no mountains to climb; the local people come out in force to support it, it’s a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. 

Perhaps most importantly, though, it’s on of the most beautiful 26.3 mile course anywhere.

Beginning on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk, for the most part the path follows secondary and residential streets until it gets to Nags Head. From there the run is along US 158, which makes sense because that’s the only way to get to Manteo.

Taking place on the Sunday of Veteran’s Day Weekend the Marathon has really transformed into a race weekend. The marquee event is, of course, the marathon, but not everyone wants to or feels they can run that distance.

For those runners there is the Southern Fried Marathon, beginning at Jockey’s Ridge and following the Marathon route to Manteo.

Saturday is filled with races including a fun run that’s great for kids, a 5K and an 8K.

The weather is really cooperating this year. Right now the winds are howling and the temperature has fallen on the Outer Banks. And later this week the forecast calls for strong winds and even a bit colder weather.

But Sunday squeezes in with almost perfect long distance running weather. The temperature at the start of the race is forecast to be right around 50 degrees and the high for the day should be in the low 60s. Cold for swimming but perfect for running.

What’s up next on the Outer Banks? The next big event is the Food Truck Showdown at the Nags Head Event Site November 24. Should be a good time.

There’s always a good time to be had on the Outer Banks. Stay with us for a week or two at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates and see what it’s all about.

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