Outer Banks Marathon runners in Nags Head Woods.

Now that November is here, on the Outer Banks that means it’s time to gear up for the Outer Banks Marathon, arriving this coming weekend.

Actually the Marathon has become much more than just the one race—it’s an entire weekend of events center around family and fitness. 

Saturday is filled with shorter races—a 5K and 8K—as well as what may be the shortest race of all, the Diaper Dash and there are two of them. Happening with the diaper dashes are family fun runs.

For the more serious runners, there’s Sunday.

Sunday is when the Southern Fried Half Marathon and Marathon are run.

The half marathon begins at Jockey’s Ridge at 7:00 a.m. and the Marathon starts at 7:20 on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk.

Both races are have some great scenery—crossing the Washington Baum Bridge that connects the beach towns with Manteo gives a truly spectacular view of Roanoke Sound, but the first half of the marathon route offers some of the most beautiful scenery on the Outer Banks.

Beginning in the heavily forested Kitty Hawk Woods, the route takes runners along Kitty Hawk Bay, past the Wright Brothers Monument and onto the dirt roads of Nags Head Woods. It is a mini-tour of the Outer Banks that many people never see.

We checked the long-range forecast and right now for Marathon Sunday, things look just about ideal. Temperatures at race time should be in the upper 40s with a forecast high in the low 50s with very little chance of rain.

Saturday is a bit more iffy. Overcast skies in the morning with possible light rain. Not ideal, but still very manageable.

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