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 10th. 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  .  . .”