Marathon runners in Kitty Hawk, 2013.

The next two weekends on the Outer Banks look pretty interesting. 

Of course the big todo is the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend beginning on Friday. Sunday is the main event with a 7:20 a.m start time on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk. This is one of the most beautiful marathon courses anywhere, beginning in the dense maritime forest of Kitty Hawk Woods, passing Kitty Hawk Bay, Jockey’s Ridge State Park and ending in the very picturesque town of Manteo.

The half marathon begins at Jockey’s Ridge State Park at 7:00 a.m. and follows the last half of the Marathon course.

Those are just the Sunday events. Saturday is so filled with races and events that we can’t list them all but there is everything from a diaper dash to a 10K. 

The following weekend the Dare County Arts Council is hosting the Veteran’s Writing Project. The highlight is a Veteran’s Writing Project with Ron Capps. Capps is a combat vet who is a professional writer. He has been working with veterans for a number of years, helping them to write about their experiences.

This is the second year for the Outer Banks event. Last year the veterans who participated were unanimous in their praise for the program. The workshop is restricted to 25 participants. Through contributions from area businesses and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the DCAC is able to offer the workshop free of charge to veterans.

For just about everyone else, the highlight of the weekend will be the Nu-Blu concert Friday evening at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Nu-Blu is kind of bluegrass, but they stray into interesting places with it. Well worth a seat in the audience.