Just because it’s November it does not mean the Outer Banks has suddenly rolled up the sidewalks and gone into a offseason slumber. There is still lots to do and as evidence we point to the Outer Banks Marathon weekend coming up Saturday and Sunday.
It’s the 12th Annual Marathon and over the years the event has truly become something the whole family can enjoy.
The big races are the Marathon and half Marathon on Sunday, and that’s really something for a little bit older kids—14 for the half marathon and 16 for the marathon— to any age on the top end.
The Marathon, especially, is one of the most beautiful courses anywhere, beginning on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk and ending in picturesque downtown Manteo. Somewhat suggestive of the New York Marathon that runs through all five NYC boroughs—minus 49,000 runners or so, the Outer Banks Marathon course takes in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo—the original towns of the Outer Banks.
Saturday, though, is family day. there is an 8K and a 5K run, and those are open to just about anyone who registers and wants to give it a try. The course for both begins and ends at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, and they’re fairly easy courses. The 8K will have a little bit of a hill, but not too much.
The family part, though is the one mile fun run and the diaper dash…and the festival-like feel at First Flight High School. Face painting, a bouncy house and Kitty Hawk Kites will have their climbing wall there.
The weather for Saturday is looking a bit on the chilly side, but wind conditions are favorable for a good time outside.
Marathon race day, perfect long-distance race conditions are forecast—overcast skies, temperatures at race time in the 50s, light breeze but no rain.