Outer Banks Marathon Weekend

Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon

obx-marathon-november-outer-banksCalling all types of runners! Outer Banks Sporting Events has a race for every type of runner out there, all on the same weekend too. In November a diaper dash, Family Fun Run, 5k, Southern 6 miler, 10k, Southern Fried half marathon, and the big Outer Banks Marathon hit the roads and trails of our beautiful Dare county.  This big weekend all goes down November 7-9. Typically, weather this early in November is perfect for running. It may take you a couple miles to get warmed up. but the air is clean and crisp, very low humidity, and there is a nice breeze.  The weekend is packed with races and related events such as a pasta party and post race party.  The schedule below is from the Outer Banks Sporting Events website and most times are to be determined.

Race EXPO and Packet Pick-up

November 7 l 12-7pm l Dare County Youth Center

This is where runners can pick up their bibs, event t-shirt, some free running swag and grab any last minute gear they may need. Past vendors have included Sound Feet Shoes, TRI Sports, Roanoke Island Running Company and much more! There will also be a second day to the expo on Saturday November 8 from 9AM – 6PM. Parking is limited so I would advise riding together and possibly be prepared for walking.

Outer Banks 10k

November 8 l First Flight High School

New for 2014, they upped the ante from an 8k to now a 10k. This is an out-and-back course that all begins and ends on the First Flight High School track. From the track to a dirt road, to road, to trails in Nags Head Woods, this race will give you a run for your money. This race is also a part of “The Challenge”. Paired with the Marathon, if you run both this and the Marathon you walk away with 3 medals for the weekend. There is a time limit of 1:45 and is walker friendly. Due to the off-road part of the course this it’s not stroller or wheelchair friendly. I would also recommend for runners to arrive fairly early to FFHS. There are so many events and races going on that parking can fill up rather quickly. I would also recommend leaving any extra belongings in the car just to be on the safe side because there won’t be a bag check at these races.

Buccaneer 5k

November 8 l First Flight High School

The Kelly Hospitality Group presents the Buccaneer 5k. This is an out-and-back course that runs the first half of the 10k. Be prepared for track, dirt road, road, and trail running. This is a timed event and is part of “The Challenge” with the half marathon. This race you have to pre-register for on OBSE’s website. This course goes off road and is not stroller or wheelchair friendly. I would also recommend not bringing a back to the starting line with you because there won’t be a bag-check. Last year, we warmed up and then shedded our extra layers. We just left them in a pile and no one seemed to mess with them.

Family Fun Run

map-of-high-schoolNovember 8 l First Flight High School

This is a great race for the whole family! Run, jog, or walk 1.2 miles and claim your finisher medals and event shirts. There will be games and activities before and after the race.The best part, you can do it together as a family. Strollers are welcome on the Fun Run course.

Diaper Dash

November 8 l 11:45 AM l First Flight High School

For the littlest of littlest runners! This race is for all kids ages 1 -3 to have the opportunity to dash across the finish line under the arch. This race welcomes parents to accompany the kids and is free for all participants!

On top of these great races going on Saturday morning there are also the “Super Saturday Events” including pirates, walk the plank, pirate toss, face painting, Kitty Hawk Kites Rock climbing wall and much more!

What better way to end a day like that and also prep for Sunday’s races than by going to a pasta party? The Ramada Plaza Oceanfront of Nags Head is hosting a pasta dinner that includes two seatings with one from 5PM – 6PM and the second from 6PM – 7PM. Each dinner seating has a limit of 200 people at each.  Children 5 and under eat free, 5-11 are $5, adults 12 and up are $12. So stop by and load up on your carbs before another day of races begins.

Sunday… oh Sunday! The day I just started training for. (That’s 4 months of training by the way) I am getting nervous just writing about it. Sunday is where the events take a sharp turn from the “fun run” to 26.2 miles. You might wonder how a race that long can even fit on the Outer Banks when you’re only running from Kitty Hawk to Manteo, but trust me they find a way. Sunday is when the 6 miler, half marathon, and marathon all take place.

Southern Fried Half Marathon

November 9 l Nags Head, NC

This is the first race of the day starting at 7AM. This race begins near Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head and finishes with the full marathon at the waterfront in Manteo. This was my second half marathon I had ever ran. Last year, as I was standing at our sponsor booth for Southern Shores Realty at the expo, I began thinking I should run the half (not having ran or trained at all).  Then I started thinking a little crazier “forget that, I’ll run ‘The Challenge’ and take home 3 medals instead of just one”. I asked if it was okay for me walk around and take a look at all the booths. I came back with a runner packet and a full weekend of running ahead of me. I went home and convinced my boyfriend, who ran track in college, to run the races too.

medal5kThe 5k was great, my boyfriend and I both took home medals. I won in my age group and he won 2nd overall. (No wonder his family called him speedy as a kid) Next morning was the morning of the half marathon. It was chilly but warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt. I ran a slower pace than what’s normal for me now. On top of the lack of training and being out of shape it was more about running with my friend and his dad. The two of them have ran many races but wanted to make sure they got in a half marathon, together. The first 8 miles went great, and then we turned the bend to head towards the little bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge. We had a head wind of about 25 mph, uphill, with about 3 miles of the course in sight. For me, it always makes it harder when you can see a lot of the course ahead of you, it seems like your not gaining any ground. We made it up, and then back down the bridge and into Manteo we went.

The crowd along the course was getting thicker so I knew we had to be near the finish line. As I listen to these strangers cheering me on, my eyes filled up with tears. These people don’t know me, whether they are here to support another runner or not, they are still screaming for me to make it. That is the postive energy at races that I love being around. A little while longer and sure enough, there it was. FINALLY! We crossed the finish line. A lovely volunteer congratulated me and hung those well earned two medals around my neck. If you haven’t noticed by reading my running blogs, medals are what I look forward to. I picture the national anthem being played standing on my own personal podium as that medal is hung around my neck, very Olympic of me I know. I searched for my boyfriend to congratulate him and ask how his race went. (speedy of course) We wrapped up tight in our thermal space blankets to keep warm and enjoyed the post race party. Needless to say, the lack of training led to about a week of limping, hobbling, and wobbling around for both of us. Some of my recommendations for this race: scope out the starting point the day before, arrive early race morning in order to get parking, dont be afraid to take an easy warm up lap around the block, go to the bathroom as much as needed, check your bag, and lastly, take in every moment and view as you pass by.

The Outer Banks Marathon

November 9 l Kitty Hawk, NC

After the start of the half marathon, the full gets underway soon after at 7:20AM on Woods Road in Kitty Hawk. This is a North Carolina USA Track and Field State Championship race, a Boston Marathon qualifying race, and also my very first soon to be marathon. It’s required to maintain a 16 min mile pace, as NCDOT has to close the bridge to runners by 1:30. This course is beautiful and takes you through so many different parts of the Outer Banks. From Kitty Hawk, all the way to the Waterfront in Manteo, the course is laid out perfectly.

I got this great idea after having such an awesome half marathon this past May at the Flying Pirate; it’s time to run a marathon. I also love the Red Sox and have always wanted to go to Boston, so why not try and qualify for the Boston Marathon while I’m at it? Go big or go home I always say. It’s just a goal, a reachable goal with the training plan I have,  a healthy diet, rest, and water. I will most definitely be bummed if I don’t qualify, but hopefully the glory of finishing my first full marathon will overcome that. As long as I don’t miss my goal time of 3 hours and 35 minutes by something crazy like 10 seconds, all is good!  Wish me lots of luck and a pain-free 26.2 miles! Photo: OuterBanksReliefFoundation.com



Southern Fried 6

November 9 l Nags Head, NC

Shortly after the start of the full marathon on Sunday, the Southern 6 miler gets underway. This course also finishes with the marathoners and half marathoners at the waterfront in Manteo. Finisher medals await you and the rest of the runners at the finish line. This run is meant to be just for fun and will not be timed.

Don’t forget about the post race block party! This is the best part of the whole race weekennd. (besides the medal) You get to celebrate your achievement with free snacks, beverages, a beer garden, food, swag, and live music by Johnny Waters and Company until 2PM. The Half Marathon awards will be at 10AM with the full marathon awards beginning at noon. I remember walking away from this race last year thinking what a flawless execution by Outer Banks Sporting Events. Everything was so well organized, the food was excellent, the party was great, and the medals were beautiful, and the running times were correct. Whether you’re ready to run 1 mile, 3.1 miles, 6.2 miles, or all the way up to 26.2 miles, this weekend has everything you’re looking for. If you’re feeling up to it, head to the OBSE website to register!

marathon-gifgoodIf you are coming to the Outer Banks this weekend as support, the ice go-getter, the massager, the congratulator, the photographer, the living proof of accomplishment, and the cheerleader, don’t forget your Southern Shores Realty Cowbell. This will save your vocal chords and assure you that your cheering will be heard. The 2012 Blue edition set the standard, as the 2013 Silver edition topped it. Stop by our sponsor booth at the marathon expo to catch the reveal and claim your 2014 Southern Shores Realty Cowbell.

If you need accommodations for the weekend, we have what you need to ensure a great night sleep. Check out our Outer Banks Fall vacation rentals.

Outer Banks Marathon Cowbells

The Greatness

Ever hear the saying “the greatest thing since sliced bread”?  That pretty much describes the aura of awesomeness that surrounds Southern Shores Realty’s OBX Marathon Cowbells.

Making their official debut in 2012, the SSR Cowbell was an instant crowd pleaser.  Distributed through an entertaining game of chance, visitors and runners alike had their opportunity to win a shiny blue bell last year during the OBX marathon expo.  The Southern Shores Realty sponsor booth drew massive attention from the entire Dare County Rec Park gymnasium and the cowbell supply had no chance against the enormous demand.  Although numerous other prizes existed, including area gift cards and a runner’s gift bag with a new iPod, the cowbells truly owned the spotlight.

Function Meets Form

cowbell-blueprintWhen faced with the decision of what awesome giveaways to provide, it was ultimately determined that a noise making device would sure fit the bill for a marathon in need of cheering.  Many products were considered including new-age “thunder sticks”, whistles, clappers and more.  In the end, cowbells proved to be the clear cut choice for ultimate appeal, functionality, and not to mention they are just plain sweet!

The bells are a convenient size and can easily be transported in any bag.  They also come pre-installed with a comfort grip “finger ringer” and are layered in a weather-resistant paint that will hold up marvelously to the elements.

Cowbell Mania

Our distribution of noise proved to be more widespread than initial reports.  The cowbells could be heard projecting their glorious chimes from mile marker 1 in the Kitty Hawk woods the whole way to the finish line miles away on Roanoke Island.



This candid photograph (source unknown) depicts a model year 2012 blue bell in perfect form, ringing on dedicated marathon runners.

The definition of class, sportsmanship, and grace… you have the chance to get your hands on a 2013 Silver Edition Southern Shores Realty Cowbell (shown below) at this years OBX Marathon Expo held Friday – Saturday, November 8th & 9th.


2013-cowbellJoin in on the fun and excitement that is the COWBELL!  All years are limited production and color.  Make sure to give us a high-five while we all ring our bells at our traditional mile marker #1 in Kitty Hawk woods!

Love our cowbells too?  Send us a photo of you and your bell to RKissell@SouthernShores.com

Southern Shores Realty Marathon Runners!

Photo taken by Karen Haley for Southern Shores Realty.
Christine Wissman, Beth Bray, and Melanie Mazza sporting St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

Southern Shores Realty has the best vacation rental staff in the business; awesome & active!  Before feasting on any Irish Stew, (from left to right) Christine Wissman, Beth Bray, and Melanie Mazza will be in Nags Head Woods running the 5th Annual Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 8k on Saturday March 16, 2013! kellys-8k-150x150_1Christine is the Reservations Manager at Southern Shores Realty and has been part of the team for the past 19 years.  Originally from Norwood, PA, just outside of Philadelphia, Christine says “I don’t really have a background per say..” in running, but she ran her first Kelly’s 8k three years ago and went on to do a half marathon the same year.  She decided to participate again this year to support Beth, who is running her first Leprechaun 8k this year.  A cool fact about Christine: she has recently started guitar lessons on the internet over Skype!  Pretty cool indeed!  Christine makes no promises on winning the 8k, she is aimed at having a good time and finishing! Beth is a Vacation Specialist here at Southern Shores and was born and raised in Weeksville, NC.  She has only been with us for 6 months but feels like she has known everyone for much longer than that!  Beth is a energetic person who likes to bring the fun out of everyone around her!  This is Beth’s first year running in a marathon and she pays gratitude to her “wonderful co-workers” for encouraging her to not only run a marathon, but to start a track to a healthier lifestyle.  Beth admitted she never thought she would be involved in a marathon, but she sees it as an opportunity to prove she can do anything she sets her mind to.  Beth will and CAN do anything she sets her mind to, check out her hula-skirted cheering at Southern Shores Realty’s mile marker at the 2012 OBX Marathon! cupcake-5k_0Melanie is also Vacation Specialist at Southern Shores Realty and has been here for 5 years.  She and her husband moved from Lancaster county, PA to the Outer Banks six years ago (today ironically!).  Four years ago, Melanie started walking to lose weight and participated in the 2010 Kelly’s 8k and OBX Half Marathon.  Through a friend’s persuasion, Melanie started running regularly in 2011.  Since then, she has participated in 2 Flying Pirate Half Marathons, 2 Kelly’s 8ks, 2 Cupcake 5ks, 2 additional OBX Half Marathons, and several Gobbler 5ks.  On average Melanie tries to run at least 25 miles per week!  Some of us dont even DRIVE that many miles in a week!  Much like the others, she doesn’t aim to win the Leprechaun 8k, just to stay focused and active.  Way to go Melanie! Keep your eyes open for all three of these lovely ladies at the Kelly’s Running of the Leprechauns 8k, as well as Beth and Melanie at the Relay for Life Cupcake 5K in May!

Outer Banks November Events

November is an awesome time to be on the Outer Banks!  Here’s Why:


OCT 26, 2012 – NOV 03, 2012

Carrying over from October, the Outer Banks Restaurant Week each Fall and Spring brings an exciting opportunity to enjoy local fare.  Outer Banks Restaurant Week was created for you because we know you love The Outer Banks and you love to eat!  This week gives local food enthusiasts and visitors an opportunity to enjoy 3-course, price fixed lunch and/or dinner menus at several participating restaurants throughout the Outer Banks at a fixed price of either $20 or $35. (Sales tax and gratuity are not included).  ***The Official Chili Cookoff will now be held on Saturday November 3, 2012 (due to Hurricane Sandy) at the Coastal Provisions market in Southern Shores. This is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy the Fall air and flavors!
Visit the Restaurant Week Website for more info!


NOV 6, 2012 – NOV 11, 2012

This six day event celebrates the natural wonders around us and offers visitors hundreds of opportunities to get out and discover the many environments that wildlife thrives here in Coastal Carolina.  The 16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is taking place November 6-11, 2012 and is a wide-spread celebration from the Outer Banks to inland counties.  Programs include (but not limited to) birding, wildlife photography lessons, historic landmark visitations, watercraft excursions, wading tours, family friendly, and a personal favorite: howling with wolves!  The Wings Over Water Website is your ultimate guide to planning your wildlife-enjoyment excursion!  They have full trips sorted by day, theme, area, etc.
Click HERE for more information on the festival!


NOV 9, 2012 – NOV 11, 2012

The 7th Annual Gateway Bank Outer Banks Marathon Weekend is scheduled for Veteran’s Day weekend: November 9-11, 2012.  This is an amazing weekend experience!  Some of the best weather all year will be here as well as several fantastic sporting events.  Southern Shores Realty is a proud sponsor of the marathon and you will see us cheering you on at Mile Marker #1 on The Woods Road!  Check out some of our available marathon accommodations.  The Outer Banks Marathon Weekend also includes a Half Marathon, 8K, 5K, and Fun Run which is a one mile family run!  There is a full page for activities for kids that can be found here.  For the Full Outer Banks Marathon, Half, 8K, 5K, and Fun Run, Registration closes 11/5/12.
Prices and registration details can be found here.


NOV 9, 2012 – NOV 10, 2012

6677 Hwy. 64/264, Manns Harbor – MAP
Phone: 252-619-7487

This 4th annual event is sure to please!  Join in on the fun from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be many craft vendors, holiday home decor, nautical decor, handmade soaps, candles, embroidery, vinyl, recycled grass art, sea glass jewelry, crocheting, knitting, home canned veggies and jams, t-shirt scarves, painting, beauty control and so much more!  It’s that time of year again, celebrate in style!



NOV 17, 2012

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo – MAP
Phone: 252-473-3234

Head out to the Elizabethan Gardens to learn to create popular confections from scratch in this hands-on workshop creating homemade candies!  Who doesn’t like the sounds of that?  Make the most out of your holidays and learn to create those tasty, sugary delights!


NOV 17, 2012

Dare County Family Recreation Park, Kill Devil Hills – MAP
Phone: 252-473-5558

Looking for activities on the Outer Banks for kids?  The Artrageous Art Extravaganza is a daytime event for children and will be held Saturday, November 17 at the Dare County Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills from 10am-3pm.  Artrageous is an annual community celebration of the arts that features live art demos, creative hands-on booths, activities for kids, youth art, live music, food and more.


NOV 22, 2012

Scarborough Lane in Duck – MAP

A great warm up for your Thanksgiving Feast! Starting on Scarborough Lane in Duck with a finish line full of post race festivities. Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages are welcome.
Visit the Advice 5K Website for more details!


NOV 22, 2012

105 West Seachase Drive, Nags Head – MAP

Head out to the 4th Annual Outer Banks Gobbler 5K and Little Giblet Fun Run!  Run, Walk, Trot, Stroll the out and back course through the picturesque Village at Nags Head and enjoy views of the Roanoke sound.  There’s going to be plenty of pre and post-run activities!
Visit their website for more information.


NOV 23, 2012 – NOV 24, 2012

1140 US Highway 64, Manteo – MAP
Phone: 252-473-6500

Looking for Family Thanksgiving activities?  Come to the Island Farm as we interpret fall food traditions and share how Roanoke Island families prepared for winter during the 1850s.  Some activities include: hearth cooking, food preservation, candle making and ox-drawn wagon rides from 10am – noon, corn shucking and shelling in the afternoon.  Bring a nonperishable food item and receive $1 off  standard admission.  Food goods will be donated to the Roanoke Island Food Pantry.  This is a great thing to do for families and supports a great cause!
Visit the Island Farm Website for more details.


NOV 23, 2012 – NOV 24, 2012

3933 N S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 877-359-8477

On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, come out to our store to see Santa himself!  Santa visits us each year in hopes of getting to fly a hang glider on Jockey’s Ridge!  Santa always makes sure to see each and every child before he leaves for the day.  If it’s good weather, he’ll be outside, and if it’s cold he’ll move inside the store so the kids can stay warm.  On Friday, Santa will be at the store from 10am-2pm and on Saturday from 1pm-6pm.
If you have any questions please contact our event coordinator at events@kittyhawk.com, or visit Kitty Hawk Kite’s events page.


NOV 24, 2012

3933 N S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 877-359-8477

Come out and witness the beauty that is Kites with Lights!  Kites will be put up right around 4pm, and as the sun goes down watch the sky light up with Kites with Lights! As soon as the sun starts to set, come up to Jockey’s Ridge and see huge 19′ delta kites soar above the dunes. When it starts to get dark, the lights really begin to show up!  If you get cold, it’s no problem, there will be hot cidar and tons of cookies inside our store, free of charge for all spectators.  If you want to be out on the dunes under the kites remember to bring a flashlight!


NOV 25, 2012

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 252-255-1501

Head on out to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head for the 2nd annual Redfish Saturday tournament on Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.  The event has something to offer for everyone!  Trophies will be awarded that day for the longest fish of these types: red drum, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, gray trout, striped bass, croaker, flounder and others.  The pier’s educational staff will offer fee-based programs for children during the tournament.  Enjoy some of the best Fall fishing on the Outer Banks and watch big catches being brought in!
For more details visit Jennette’s pier’s website.


NOV 29, 2012 – DEC 1, 2012

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 252-255-1501

Festival of Trees brings together visitors and residents alike to celebrate the holiday season with a holiday bazaar, twinkling lights, festive musical performances, punch and homemade cookies, craft activities for children, a visit with Santa and shopping for one of a kind gifts. The culmination of the festival is an auction of donated, decorated Christmas trees and holiday objects at a catered Gala Holiday Social. Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser to benefit crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks Hotline for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
For more information on this Holiday Celebration visit the Festival of Trees website.


NOV 30, 2012 – DEC 1, 2012

1200 Duck Rd, Duck – MAP

The Town of Duck, in cooperation with our local business community, announces the 2nd Annual “Duck Yuletide Celebration”.   Join us Friday and Saturday, November 30, and December 1, 2012 for a Town-wide celebration of Yuletide Cheer.  On Friday, Duck merchants will keep their doors open late for shoppers.  To complement your shopping experience, Duck eateries will host one of their famous Duck Tapas Crawls from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.(YUM)  Participating restaurants will serve tapas and Holiday cheer for one special price that is sure to be pleasing to every palate.  On Saturday,the Town of Duck will hold itsYuletide Celebration on the Duck Town Green, 1200 Duck Road, beginning at 3:00 p.m., with Santa arriving on a fire truck. Enjoy the sounds of live music and sing along with your holiday favorites.  The event will feature the announcement of the winners of the Town-wide “Business Decorating Contest” and will culminate in the lighting of the Town’s Crab Pot Tree.


NOV 30, 2012

Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo – MAP

A favorite childhood memory of mine, set in front of the historic old courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street is the 2012 Manteo Tree Lighting.  Scheduled for 6pm,  this is a musical dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that, for over 400 years, has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmas and caused them to persevere against all odds in pursuance of their dreams.  This is the official kickoff to the Outer Banks’ Christmas season and you would most certainly be missing out if you missed this!  Christmas parade to follow on Saturday at 11 a.m.
For more information, please visit theTown of Manteo website.