November 9, 2014: The 9th annual TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon were the highlights of a 3 day event enjoyed by runners from 50 States and 8 Countries. Total registered participants numbered over 5800. Planned each year by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the marathon is one of 4 annual fundraising events supporting economic development during the shoulder seasons while benefiting the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.
OBSE offers something for everyone during this weekend long festival. Friday, November 7th began with the Runners Expo, at the Dare County Youth Center. In addition to runner packet pick-up and race information, race gear, food, shoes, apparel, art, & massages, were available Friday and all day Saturday.
Along the course runners enjoyed Outer Banks at its best. Sites to see included the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, a maritime forest in Nags Head, Jockey’s Ridge sand dune and a sweeping view of the sound and the Pirates Cove Marina as runners cross over the Washington-Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island. The runners were cheered on throughout the day by hundreds of enthusiastic Outer Banks residents and volunteers. One enthusiastic runner stated,
“Excellently run event, expo, packet pick up, parking, water stops, the start, the finish, the course!!! Oh my gosh!!!! This has to be top 1!!!! We run 4-7 Half’s per year, large and small, this was the best! End of race food!!!! Beer!!! Transportation back and ALLTHE VOLUNTEERS- WOW the best-worlds best!!!”
Marathon Weekend at a glance:
60% Female runners
50 States represented
8 Country’s represented
First Place Marathon Winners:
Bryan Morseman, age 29, Bath, New York - Time: 2:27:39
Ginny Cronley, age 25, Greensboro, North Carolina – Time: 3:00:17
First Place Half Marathon Winners:
Cleophas Ngetich, age 25, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Time 1:04:42
Susan Jerotich, age 27, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Time: 1:17:15
The Saturday events, sponsored by Kelly’s Hospitality Group, were comprised of the 10K, 5K, Fun Run and Diaper Dash. The local OBX GoFar student running teams added to the excitement by joining not only the Fun Run but also the 5K and 10K! The total numbers of registrations for the 5K were over 700 and the 10K had over 400 runners! All participants went home with a special race medal for their efforts. Throughout the busy fun filled day all enjoyed the Family Fun Festival. Free and open to the public, the festival features kid friendly games, bouncy houses, a climbing wall, food, and the Jolly Roger Pirates!
It was a perfect day for Sunday’s races. The Southern Fried Half Marathon Start began at 7:00am in Nags Head with over 2700 runners. Meanwhile, at the TowneBank Marathon Start, the start gun sounded at 7:20am with over 1400 Marathoners. Sunday also included the Southern 6 fun run, with over 200 “running to the party” at the Finish in downtown Manteo. A festive post-race Block party in downtown Manteo completed the weekend after Sunday’s races. Everyone enjoyed live music by Jonny Waters & Company, food, fun and a huge sense of triumph! OBSE sends out a tremendous thank you to event sponsors, local town and government agencies, organizers and volunteers for a job well done.
The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon weekend brings an additional economic boost to Dare County’s businesses, restaurants, hotels and rental companies. This accomplishment is made possible by hundreds of volunteer hours and efforts as well as the support of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
100% of net proceeds from all Outer Banks Sporting Events support excellence in education for Dare County students and Dare County residents in need. Thank you for helping OBSE help others.
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