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Outer Banks Flying Pirate 1/2 Marathon Kicks Off Spring Running

Light fog greeted runners along the mulit-use path in Kitty Hawk for the Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon.

The Outer Banks spring running season just kicked off in spectacular style with the Flying Pirate Half Marathon run this morning in Kitty Hawk. A beautiful run through the marathon forests of the Outer Banks, the run had near perfect conditions, beginning in a light fog at the starting gate on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk and ending in Nags Head before the temperatures climbed out of the 50s.

Will Christian of Norfolk led the whole way, finishing in 1:10.25. Brindley Beach Vacations' Leslie Young, sales administrator in our Duck office, ran the in both the First Flight 5K on Saturday and the Flying Pirate on Sunday, finishing with a very respectable 2:24 time in the half marathon.

Next up on the Outer Banks running calendar is the 32nd Nags Head Woods 5k on May 0th. The course is on a packed dirt road and an old growth maritime forest lines the route—this may be one of the most beautiful 5K races anywhere.

After that it’s Storm the beach on June 14 at Jennette’s Pier. Sponsored by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the same organization that hosts the Flying Pirate and Outer Banks Marathon in November, Storm the Beach is designed to push athletes to the limit. Here’s the event description: “ Run, crawl, carry, and endure the challenging and fun sand filled course  .  . .”

Runners & Bikers Enjoying Outer Banks Spring Weather

There is something for everyone on the Outer Banks this weekend—the Outer Banks Bike Week begins Saturday and Sunday it’s the Flying Pirate Half Marathon. It looks like the roads will be filled either with runners or bikers.

The weather is looking pretty good for the bikers this week. Monday their may be some rain, but other than that, things look about as good as they get. This is the 13th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week, and the event has become one of the largest spring gatherings around. Lots of poker runs, a couple of day trips down to Hatteras, product tents set up everywhere and some great live music.

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon has become a spring time ritual for a lot of runner. Following the first half of the Outer Banks Marathon course, the track goes through some of the most beautiful parts of the Outer Banks. An old growth maritime forest greets runners in Kitty Hawk, the course then finds its to the shores of Kitty Hawk Bay, around the Wright Brothers Monument then passing through Nags Head Woods on the way to the finish line.

It’s looking like a great week and a great weekend on the Outer Banks.

Winds Perfect for Outer Banks Kiteboarding

There was a stiff breeze from the northeast blowing today on the Outer Banks. To a lot of the visitors spending the week here, it probably seemed a bit chilly, but to the kiteboarders it was pure perfection.

From the sound to the sea, the sky was filled with kites pulling surfers skimming across the water. Especially in the sounds, where the waters are a bit smoother, there were some pretty spectacular jumps and a few acrobatics.

Windsurfers were on the waters too, creating a mosaic of motion. It was a surprising gift of color on a gray day.

It was also a reminder of how many things there are to do on the Outer Banks. Yes, beach is the main attraction, but for many people the beach marks the borderline for where the real fun begins, a place where outdoor activities and adventure seem to go hand in hand.

There are a number outfitters on the Outer Banks who give lessons, although most of them are south of Oregon Inlet. However, Kitty Hawk Kites, which one of the largest and best organized schools is located in Nags Head.

As They're Supposed to be on the OBX

Things are as they are supposed to be on the Outer Banks. The sun is out, there’s a light breeze, lines have formed at John’s Drive-in on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. It’s all part of what makes life so great on the Outer Banks

It’s always good to welcome our out of town visitors back, and right now the roads are filled with out of state license plates, families are on the beach, the surfing is iffy, but the fishing is improving.

It’s still a bit cold to get in the water, the ocean temperatures are still hovering around 50 degrees, but with the sun out the sand has warmed nicely and the upcoming week looks pretty nice with a midweek break for April showers.

Of course as busy as it is right now, it’s nothing like it will be when summer comes—and summer is an amazing time to be on the Outer Banks with so much for the whole family to do, great weather and a beautiful setting.

There is still some availability for summer rentals, but our Brindley Beach homes are filling up quickly. July is getting very full although we may still be able to find something, but if vacation plans fall in August, we may still be able to match your needs with one of our properties. Call us at (877) 642-3224 or check us out online—but don’t wait too long. We’re always very close to 100% filled by the end of summer.

OBX May Events-Perfect for the Whole Familiy

Competitior at last year's Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular.

Now that Easter is behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to what’s coming next on the Outer Banks. There are still a few events in April, but May is when the Outer Banks really start to come alive.

Here are a few of the events coming up.

For families with children, Kidfest is on May 8 is perfect. An annual event that Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County holds, it’s a dream day for little kids— face painting, blocks and bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, art, photo booths—there is so much to do, it’s tough to fit it all in to the 9:30-12:30 hours of the event. There will also be a fire truck and U.S. Coast Guard boat on hand. Held at the Pavilion at Rec Park in KDH.

Th Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Spectacular  is the following weekend May 15-18. The oldest hang gliding competition in the world, it’s held at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Definitely worth checking out.

Back to back beach music fest are on May 24 and 25. The first is Buck’s Beach Blast at the Whalehead Club up in Corolla. The next day, it’s Shallowbag Bay Shag at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Both are outdoor events and the weather in May is usually perfect at that time of the year.

Finally—something a little different. The Lost Colony Preview night is May 28. It’s the last rehearsal before opening night, so it’s a great insight into how the summer’s production will come together.

Dune Shops in Kitty Hawk Becomes Food Central

The Dune Shops at MP 4.5 just south of our new Brindley Beach offices in Kitty Hawk is the original and first shopping center on the Outer Banks—and in a lot of ways it looks it. The architecture is clearly from the 1970s, it’s a small strip center with small shops . . . nothing at all like what we’ve come to associate with a mall or shopping center today.

Then a couple of years ago the folks who own Cosmo’s Pizza in Southern Shores took over the Dune Shops, Cosmo’s wife, Josephine Caggese, opened Josephine's Sicilian Kitchen, the place got a facelift and things were looking up.

Suddenly the Dune Shops seems to be the place on the Outer Banks for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Josephine’s serves amazing Italian cuisine, Necla (Nay-shla) Rader opened Outer Banks Juice and Java—great coffee, excellent breakfast and lunch and Chef Pok who had been with the Outer Banks Brewing Station opened Pok’s Art with his brother Art serving some traditional and very unique Asian fusion dishes. 

The latest is Dolce Bakery opening next door to Pok’s Art. We haven’t had a chance to sample yet, because they’re not open, but it really does give the impression that suddenly this almost forgotten strip center in Kitty Hawk has suddenly become the place for foodies to go.

A Perfect Outer Banks Spring Day

Bumble Bee at Sandy Run Park in Kitty Hawk.

It’s Easter Sunday or Passover weekend on the Outer Banks. Either way it is a time to celebrate a regeneration of the spirit; a time when nature seems to explode with life and is reborn in all the remarkable shades of the color wheel. At least that’s the way it feels today, for this truly a spectacular spring day.

Local schools are out on spring and is pretty clear that a lot of other schools are also taking a week off—the roads a filled with out of town license plates and families are filling our homes and stores.

The weather is looking great this week. A bit of rain maybe mid week, but overall, it should a fantastic time to be not he Outer Banks.

It is a bit chilly for swimming—actually, it’s very cold for swimming. Not a lot happening for surfers right now, but for anyone going, remember the ocean water temperature is in the 40s at Jennette's Pier.

The ocean side gets all the attention, but actually there is a lot to do on the sound side. This time of year is the perfect time to take a kayak out on the any of the sounds, or hop on a bike and pedal for a couple of miles. 

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