The OBX Marathon, started in 2006, has grown into an Outer Banks Veterans Day Weekend tradition. The marathon consists of both a full and half marathon. The events are capped at 2,500 runners for the marathon and 3,500 for the half marathon.
The OBX Marathon is a point to point race. Both the marathon and half marathon finish in Manteo at Fernando Street near Queen Elizabeth Avenue.
The course is mainly flat, with two areas of elevation, one in the Nags Head Woods Preserve (about mile 12) and the second as you cross the Washington-Baum Bridge (also known as the Pirate’s Cove Bridge). The marathon starts at The Woods Road near Dominion Power in Kitty Hawk. At the start of the race, you will have views of Albemarle Sound, and then continue through Kill Devil Hills around the Wright Brothers Memorial. From there you will run through Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest and through beach neighborhoods and pass Jockey’s Ridge State Park. For this stretch, be prepared to run through three miles of sand and pine straw followed by a run through a narrow woods trail which has quite a few ups and downs (literally). From there, you will run across the Washington-Baum Bridge and finish in the town of Manteo. The marathon begins at 7:20AM. The time limit for both the full and half marathon is 3:00PM.
The half marathon starts in Nags Head at East Baltic Street and US 158 and proceeds to the town of Manteo. The half marathon begins at 7:00AM.
The OBX Marathon is sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF) with race results forwarded to the Boston Marathon for those meeting qualifying standards. The events will be timed using the Winning Time Chip system, provided by Lin-Mark Computer Sports. Note that per USATF guidelines, under Rule 144, Section 3B, the use of IPods or headphones during the race are prohibited.
The OBX Marathon has five divisions:
Age group awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group for the Open (public) Division of both the marathon and half marathon. The age groups are in four year increments beginning at age 15. Total prize money of $25,000 will be distributed.
Registration fees for the Outer Banks marathon are $75 until July 5th; $85 from July 6th through September 30th and $95 from October 1st through November 8th. For the half marathon, the fees are $60 until July 5th; $70 from July 6th through September 30th and $80 from October 1st through November 8th.
There is a Pasta Party the night before the race. In 2008 it was at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, the night before the race, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, and sat 200 people. The tickets were $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Don’t forget about the post race party in Manteo themed “Party like a Pirate”. Runners, family and friends are invited to join in the festivities, which will include food, live music and two award ceremonies.