Picking up water or Gatorade at the Kitty Hawk Rotary Club station in Nags Head Woods.
Another Outer Banks Marathon weekend has come and gone, and it was a great weekend for runners.
OK, maybe Saturday was a bit cool and blustery, but it didn’t rain and race organizers were able to get all the races in.
The main event, though, comes on Sunday, and the weather for the Marathon and Half Marathon could not have been any better. The air temperature at 7:00 a.m. in Kitty Hawk when the Marathon began was hovering around 50 degrees; winds were light from the northeast.
That may sound on the cool side to anyone who has not run long distances, but for marathoners and half marathoners, those are ideal conditions. The marathon distance is 26.2 miles and 13.1 for a half marathon, and runners heat up quickly on the course.
The Marathon has truly become part of the Outer Banks community with numerous local organizations jumping in to help. Much of that is just manning water and Gatorade stations, but that’s an important part of the day and it makes the event friendlier and more personal for the runners.
With over 2000 participants between the half marathon and marathon, it’s difficult to say just how many states and countries came to the Outer Banks to run, but even a quick scan makes it clear just about every East Coast state was on hand, with quite a few runner hailing from the West Coast as well.
It is a beautiful course—especially the Marathon. Not many marathons take runners along a packed dirt road through a mature maritime forest. The Outer Banks Marathon does, the course winding through the heart of Nags Head Woods.
For the second year in a row, Blair Teal from Charlotte, NC won with a winning time of 2:22:30. That’s 20 seconds slower than his time last year.
First place women’s finisher Katherine Price from Beaufort came in second last year.