We had about as close to perfect conditions for a marathon as there could be this morning with winds from the north and temperatures in the low 50s and the lead runners set a really fast pace. How fast? Winner of the Outer Banks Marathon, Peter Chebet of Hebron, Kentucky crossed the finish line at 2:20:22—matching exactly the previous best set in 2010. 

The Outer Banks Marathon has been growing in popularity—not necessarily the marathon itself, which is still popular—but the whole weekend which has become a celebration of fitness and running. 

It began in 2006 as a way to get folks to visit the Outer Banks in the shoulder season and it has grown and evolved into a weekend event with multiple races—everything from a the Diaper Dash and Fun Run to a 5K, 8K and a half marathon.

Saturday is set aside for the shorter races and the weather and the weather was unseasonably warm. It would have been too warm for a marathon or half marathon, but for the shorter races it was not a problem.

We’re still not sure exactly how many people were here—a lot of runners compete in multiple races so just adding the participants doesn’t really tell the story. According to Outer Banks Sporting Events, who sponsors and organizes the Marathon, each participant brings on average 3.5 people with them and judging from how many out of state license plates were on Outer Banks roads this weekend, this may have been the best yet.