The weather could not have been much better for the 13th annual running of the Outer Banks Marathon. Temperatures began in the upper 40s and never got above 55; there was bright sunshine all day but a breeze from the north to keep runners from over heating.
With as close to perfect conditions as could be for a marathon, the times of the top finishers reflected that with overall top finisher Bryan Morseman from Bath, NY finishing in 2:26:36—that’s a blistering 5:35 per mile pace. As far as we can tell, Morseman led from start to finish.
The number three finisher this year was Dillon Pope from Kill Devil Hills, crossing the finish line in 2:53:57. That’s about a minute per mile off the winner’s pace, but still pretty impressive.
Although the Marathon is the signature race for the weekend, the most popular, by far, is the Southern Fried Half Marathon with over 1200 runners signed up and most of them finishing. That was more than twice as many runners at the starting gate for the marathon.
What makes the Outer Banks Marathon so special, though, is how focused it is on families and creating an entire weekend around fitness and enjoying time with moms dads and kids.
The marquis races are on Sunday, but Saturday is given over to the races that runners of all ages can run, and the results show what happens when that is the case.
A 14-year-old won the OBX 5K. Also noteworthy in that race, Kate Pullen from Buxton was the number one female finisher.
It was a good weekend overall. It’s a bit difficult to get an exact count of how many runners participated, but it was somewhere around 2800—not including the diaper dash and one mile fun runs.
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