It’s Veteran’s Day Weekend and on the Outer Banks as it is across our nation, its a time to remember the sacrifice our service men and women have made and continue to make and to celebrate that commitment to the freedoms we enjoy.

The Town of Southern Shores always holds a small but heartfelt ceremony at the town hall at 11:00 a.m. Interesting that this year, with Veteran’s Day falling on November 11, the ceremony the observance seems to recall the original Armistice Day that commemorated the end of WWI and the moment the guns fell silent…the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Veterans Day, though, is also supposed to be a celebration of the freedoms that our veterans have preserved, which may be one of the reasons why so many events are scheduled over the weekend.

Here on the Outer Banks the big event is the Outer Banks Marathon—and this year is the 10th anniversary event—making it the 11th time the race has been run.

Over the years, the Marathon has really become much more than one race, with a marathon and half marathon starting early Sunday morning, and races geared toward just about everyone all weekend long.

The Marathon itself is one of the most beautiful runs around, beginning in Kitty Hawk in the beautiful foliage of Kitty Hawk Woods and ending at the Manteo Waterfront. 

The weather is looking just about perfect for long distance running this year—very light winds, cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine. We're looking forward to a great turnout and some record times.