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“Ten Year Journey” (2005-2015) Report Now Available Online

The link below will take you to the page on our website that includes the link to the report or just click on the 2nd link to go directly to the report.

OuterBanksReliefFoundation.com/About/

Ten Year Journey (2005-2015) Report to the Community We Serve

We invite everyone to keep abreast of our continuing efforts to assist people living or working in our community who are burdened with financial difficulties due to a debilitating disease or illness, or a personal tragedy to themselves and/or their families.

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Retreat Held to Ensure Future Sustainability of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation

OBRF Board members and other community leaders met on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 to bring together the results of a year of efforts by the Commission for the Future to insure sustainability of the organization. The mission of this group of individuals is to ensure that the Outer Banks Relief Foundation continues to carry out their mission and to be a strong and viable source of support for those in need in our community for future generations to come. The three committees that presented their findings and recommendations included leadership and succession planning, financial stability and fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and development.

Distinguished community representatives of the commission are Powell Peters, Linda Palombo, James Gilreath and Scott Brown. Serving from the Board of Directors are Relief Foundation co-founders John Gillam III, Millie Ward and Ervin Bateman; Board members John Graham (Commission Chairman), Jimbo Ward, Jim Braithwaite, Patty McKenna, Tess Judge, Chrissy Simmons, Debbie Moore, Amy Montgomery, and J.T. Dixon; Board Director Emeritus John Woolard (Commission Vice-Chairman); Relief Foundation SURF Club members Pete Erickson and Joanne Schwartz; and Relief Foundation Executive Director Chris Kelley.

 

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The 10th Annual TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon Weekend Highlights!

Let the Celebrations Begin!

Congratulations are in order for all who reached their goals and completed 1, 2, 3 or 4 events this past weekend. Several runners like Matt Tourville and Leah Jones ran in the 5K, 8K, the Fun Run and the Half Marathon. Talk about some bling!

November 8, 2015:  The 10th annual TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon were the highlights of a 3 day event enjoyed by runners from 46 States and 8 Countrys. Total registered participants numbered over 5500. 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 6th 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 the 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, the highest sand dune on the east coast and a sweeping view of the sound and Pirates Cove Marina as runners crossed 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;

“I have already told many of my runner friends what a wonderful event and experience this was and will highly recommend this event to anyone who asks and for those who don’t. Thank you so much for all of your attention to detail and for all of the wonderful freebies you offered to all of the participants. I look forward to participating again next year.”   ~ 2015 participant

Marathon Weekend at a glance:

  • 61% Female runners
  • 46 States represented
  • 5 Country’s represented

First Place Marathon Winners:

  • Peter Chebet, Age 23, Hebron, Kentucky –  Time: 2:20:22  Peter tied the course record set in 2010!
  • Meghan Curran, Age 29, Chelmsford, Massachusetts – Time: 2:55:14

First Place Half Marathon Winners:

  • Hillary Too, Age 36, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, – Time 1:05:37
  • Susan Cherotich, Age 28, Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Time: 1:12:37

Local Winners!

First Place Marathon

  • Tom Thomas, Age 47, Manteo, North Carolina – Time: 2:50:39
  • Jessica Witter, Age 36, Manteo, North Carolina – Time: 3:26:58

First Place Half Marathon

  • Keith Gray, Buxton, North Carolina – Time: 1:20:46
  • Angela Gray, Buxton, North Carolina – Time: 1:40:29

The Saturday events, sponsored by Kelly Hospitality Group, were comprised of the 8K, 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 8K! The total numbers of registrations for the 5K were over 700 and the 8K 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 windy day for the Sunday’s races. However, the wind was predominately at the runner’s backs which resulted in quite a few PR’s. The Southern Fried Half Marathon Start began at 7:00am in Nags Head with approximately 2250 runners. Meanwhile, at the TowneBank Marathon Start, the start gun sounded at 7:20am with about 900 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 through the good works of the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Thank you for helping OBSE help others.

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Contact Information:

Peggy Stovall

Marketing Director, Outer Banks Sporting Events

2234 South Lark Ave., Nags Head, NC  27959

POB 265 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

(252)255-6273 office; (252)261-6296 fax; www.obxse.org

www.flyingpiratehalfmarathon.com  |  www.stormthebeach.org  |  www.outerbankstriathlon.com   | www.outerbanksmarathon.com

The mission of Outer Banks Sporting Events, Inc. is to organize and promote sports competition and healthy living lifestyle choices, provide financial support for needed relief and public education while contributing to the economic impact for the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

OBSE is a 501c3 non-profit.

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Rooster’s Southern Kitchen to Hold 1st Friday Event on November 6th to Benefit OBRF

Rooster’s Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills is holding its first in a series of fundraising events on Friday, November 6th. This inaugural event is called 1st Friday ~ Bourbon Tasting and The Outer Banks Relief Foundation has been selected as beneficiary.

The event will include a Bourbon Tasting that will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm hosted by Jim Beam Ambassador, Dominic Mikel. The cost for the tasting is $20 that includes appetizers and six different bourbon samplings. OBRF will receive 100% of Bourbon Tasting ticket sales. Please stop by the Restaurant to purchase your ticket(s)—Be forewarned they have a limited number of tickets!

The second part of the fundraising event is that our Relief Foundation will also receive 10% from meal sales on that day so dine at Rooster’s on the sixth of November! This will be the start a series of fundraising events that will take place the 1st Friday of each month benefiting different local charities.

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Lowes Gives Large Donation of Water to Outer Banks Sporting Events

Photo: OBSE L-R Timmy Thomas, Lowes and Jenny Ash, Race Director,  Outer Banks Sporting Events.

Water, water everywhere!

Outer Banks Sporting Events is the happy recipient of 10,000 bottles of water generously donated by Lowes Home Improvement of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Lowes has again sponsored the course water for the annual TowneBank Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon coming up November 7 & 8, 2015.

Held every Veteran’s Day weekend this particular race brings over 18,000 runners, family and friends to our Outer Banks community.

Thanks to sponsors like Lowes Home Improvement, OBSE can continue its mission of donating 100% of net profits to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation, helping our citizens in need and our local schools.

CONTACT:

Peggy Stovall

Marketing Director, Outer Banks Sporting Events

2234 South Lark Ave., Nags Head, NC  27959

POB 265 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

(252)255-6273 office; (252)261-6296 fax; www.obxse.org

www.flyingpiratehalfmarathon.com  |  www.stormthebeach.org  |  www.outerbankstriathlon.com   | www.outerbanksmarathon.com

The mission of Outer Banks Sporting Events, Inc. is to organize and promote sports competition and healthy living lifestyle choices, provide financial support for needed relief and public education while contributing to the economic impact for the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

OBSE is a 501c3 non-profit.

 

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OBSE Partners With Beach Food Pantry

PHOTO Outer Banks Sporting Events: L-R Lynda Wood, Executive Director Outer Banks Sporting Events, Theresa Armendarez, Administrative Assistant Beach Food Pantry, Kathy McCullough-Testa, Executive Director Beach Food Pantry.

Outer Banks Sporting Events runners and volunteers continue to assist our community in multiple ways. OBSE partners with Outer Banks Beach Food Pantry once again during the Outer Banks Marathon Runner’s EXPO  November 6-7, 2015, to collect Food and donations for those in need within the Outer Banks community. These efforts have been quite successful in helping the Beach Food Pantry meet its growing needs during the winter months. There will a collection station at the EXPO for those who would like to donate food or cash toward feeding our area hungry and in need.

Thank you for caring!

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6th Annual SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon Festival A Triumph!

Celebrating at the SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon Post Race Party are 2 local residents who won the Fastest Dare County Female, Amy Klebitz, Sprint distance and Fastest Dare County Male, James Eaton, Sprint distance.

Each won a $25 gift certificate to Tri Outer Banks Sports store, courtesy of SAGA Construction & Development.

SWIM – BIKE – RUN 2015!  Outer Banks Sporting Events hosted the 6th annual SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon Festival, September 12 & 13, sponsored for the 3rd consecutive year by SAGA Construction & Development.  This year’s event was a triumph that included athletes from age  13 to 74,  from 29 states and 3 countries. Over 1000 triathletes (46% female and 54% male) registered to compete in this awesome event held on Roanoke Island, at the Ole Swimming Hole, between the NC Aquarium and Dare Municipal Airport.

The triathlon began early on Saturday morning. The water in the Croatan Sound was choppy and too warm for wetsuits to be worn.  Half distance participants competed in a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, finishing with a 13.1 mile run.  Olympic distance athletes swam 1500 meters, biked 24.5 miles and ran a 10K. The start alarm rang out at 7am and the first wave of swimmers entered the water. Then, out of the water – on to the bike – off the bike and out for the run. All athletes were able to celebrate their accomplishment at Saturdays’ post-race party with free beer, courtesy of City Beverage, free baked potato bar and awards ceremony!

Sunday morning the staff, incredible volunteers, and Sprint athletes were on site ready for action starting at 5:30 am. Bodies painted, timing chips attached, swim caps in place. Ready – set – GO at 7:30 am!   Sprint athletes challenged themselves by swimming 750 meters, biking 13.1 miles, and running a 5K. Sunday athletes enjoyed their own post-race party of free beer, a breakfast burrito bar and awards ceremony.

  • 46%  Female
  • 54%  Male
  • 28 States – including Puerto Rico
  • Participant age range:  13 – 74
  • Majority male and female age range:  40 – 44 years

OBSE particularly thanks our remarkable volunteers, (AKA “race crew”). Their energy and efforts are a major factor in the success of the SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon weekend.  We thank our title sponsor SAGA Construction & Development for their support, supplies and crew of volunteers. Thank you City Beverage for the beer at the post- race party and thank you Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and loyal sponsors for supporting us throughout each of our four events. OBSE sincerely thanks all who give their time, donations, and efforts to make this event possible.

100% of the proceeds from OBSE’s events are shared by two local non-profits: the Dare Education Foundation, working to maximize student potential by providing resources to benefit students and teachers in all Dare County Schools, and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, providing financial assistance for families in crises. OBSE is proud to help improve the quality of life for Dare County citizens.

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CONTACT:

Peggy Stovall

Marketing Director, Outer Banks Sporting Events

2234 South Lark Ave., Nags Head, NC  27959

POB 265 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

(252)255-6273 office; (252)261-6296 fax; www.obxse.org

www.flyingpiratehalfmarathon.com  |  www.stormthebeach.org  |  www.outerbankstriathlon.com   | www.outerbanksmarathon.com

The mission of Outer Banks Sporting Events, Inc. is to organize and promote sports competition and healthy living lifestyle choices, provide financial support for needed relief and public education while contributing to the economic impact for the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

OBSE is a 501c3 non-profit.

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OBSE Staff Visits SAGA Office to Present 2015 SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon Event Jackets

Photo L-R:  Lori King-Haynes OBSE Administration, Lynda Wood OBSE Executive Director, Sumit Gupta SAGA CEO, Denise Michaud SAGA Executive Assistant to CEO , Sumit Gupta, Jenny Ash OBSE Race Director, Shweta Gupta SAGA Web Strategy and Marketing, Amit Gupta SAGA  President, Peggy Stovall OBSE Marketing, Ellen Davis SAGA Office Manager.

SAGA Construction and Development and Outer Banks Sporting Events are joining forces to produce the 2015 SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon, scheduled for September 12 and 13. SAGA has been the title sponsor of the SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon event since 2013.

This enthusiastic group gives more than money to the annual SAGA Outer Banks Tri. SAGA’s commitment to this event includes manning the Finish Line, and supplying equipment, banners and materials as needed. It is a true partnership that ultimately benefits our local citizens in need, our school children and local public schools. SAGA embraces the importance of giving back locally and their commitment to the SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon is unmistakable.

The SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon is one of 4 annual events produced by OBSE. 100% of net proceeds benefit local citizens through the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation.

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CONTACT:

Peggy Stovall

Marketing Director, Outer Banks Sporting Events

2234 South Lark Ave., Nags Head, NC  27959

POB 265 Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

(252)255-6273 office; (252)261-6296 fax; www.obxse.org

www.flyingpiratehalfmarathon.com  |  www.stormthebeach.org  |  www.outerbankstriathlon.com   | www.outerbanksmarathon.com
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Sandbar 5K Runners Conquer Hide Tide

Kitty Hawk NC (August 24, 2015) – August 2nd was a day for competition, volunteerism and fun at this year’s Sandbar 5K, a fundraising event for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. The race took place just before high tide, making the course unusually challenging due to the soft sand underfoot.

Lead sponsors Dr. Jessica Fuller-Hines and Dr. Jessica H. Gorr of Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists fired the starting gun, sending 200 runners and walkers on the 5K course, a loop that began and ended on the beach in front of the Kitty Hawk bathhouse at milepost 4.5. Other top sponsors were Beach Realty & Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals, Dirty Dick’s Crab House, Dock of the Bay Marina, IDentify Yourself, Island Xpertees, Southern Shores Pizza & Deli and Wells Fargo.

Ken Wedel of Bethesda, Maryland powered across the finish line 19 minutes and 59 seconds after the gun to take first place for the men. Gael Gebow of Everett, Washington crossed the finish line first among the female runners, with a time of 22:54.

Gebow and Wedel earned one-of-a-kind sea glass medals designed by William Casper of Casper Events and vacation packages donated by Tranquil House Inn, Days Inn Oceanfront Kill Devil Hills, Hilton Garden Inn, Ocean Boulevard, 1587 Restaurant and the Bad Bean Baja Grill.

Local runners shined as Sara Edwards of Kitty Hawk took second place for the women, Jessica Witter of Kill Devil Hills took third, and Buxton resident Keith Gray finished second for the men.

Andrew Wedel of Duncansville Pennsylvania was the third place male finisher at this 14th annual Sandbar 5K. Full race results with searchable age group rankings can be found online at www.jandaracing.com/events/race-results.

One out of every 10 participants was chosen at random to receive gift certificates and prizes from the Black Pelican Restaurant, Bob’s Bait and Tackle, Colington Café, Flying Fish Café & Wine Bar, Kelly’s Hospitality Group, Kitty Hawk Kites, Mama Kwan’s, Sanya Restaurant and Sugar Creek Restaurant.

The top male and female age group winners were also awarded sea glass medals. They were Annie See (age 6 – 9), Cain Lige and Sarah Schultz (age 10-14), Hayden Hall and Meghan Grimes (age 15 – 19), Mark Ladow and Sara Edwards (age 20 – 29), Jonathan Gebow and Jessica Witter (age 30 -39), Andrew Wedel and Aimee Shull (age 40 – 49), Keith Gray and Sharon Nelson (age 50 – 59), Bill Carroll and Barb Clark (age 60 – 69) and Kenneth Wedel (age 70 – 79).

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation relied on a host of generous underwriters to raise almost $12,000 from the event, including the Alliance Nissan, the Bad Bean Baja Grill, Dr. Frank Ausband DDS, The John Gillam Company, Joe Lamb Jr & Associates, Sharp, Michael, Graham & Baker LLP, RPC Contracting, Sugar Creek Restaurant, Wild Horse Adventure Tours, Vidant Orthopedics Outer Banks and WM Dunn Construction. Harris Teeter in Kill Devil Hills supplied all the water, kept cool by ice from Ethridge Seafood

“This race is a community effort,” said foundation executive director Chris Kelley. “In addition to the wonderful corporate sponsors, I’m grateful to the volunteers, some veterans and some brand new, who created an atmosphere of camaraderie and fun on the beach.”

Michelob Ultra and Jennette Brothers donated refreshments for the runners’ after-party which this year included Hefe Shandy by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

GCP design & marketing, Max Radio of the Carolinas, Charter Communications and Home Tour Magazine promoted the race. The Outer Banks Sports Club hosted bib pick-up where runners received swag including sunblock and lip balm from The Outer Banks Hospital, OBX stickers from Kitty Hawk Kites and Scotch bonnet seashells.

New for this year’s event, runners were greeted along the course by the lively drumming of Chip Hedenburg of Shiva’s Drum Yoga Shop in Nags Head and First Flight High School’s Jimmy Spore, Elijah LaPlante and Trevor McPherson.

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation provides financial assistance to people living and working on the Outer Banks who have a medical crisis or other personal tragedy. If you or someone you know needs assistances, please call the Outer Banks Relief Foundation at 252-261-2004.

Sandbar 5K organizers are happy to report that next year’s event will take place at low tide. Registrants for the August 7, 2016 Sandbar 5K can sign up at raceit.com and receive $10 off the entry fee until January 1st.

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First place male runner Ken Wedel (right) of Bethesda Maryland accepts his medal and weekend vacation package from Patty McKenna of the Relief Foundation. Photo by Matt McKenna

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The 2015 Sandbar 5K medal was designed and crafted by William Casper of Casper Events. Photo by Matt McKenna

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Dominion Power Awards 2015 Start Line Sponsorship to OBSE

Photo: OBSE L-R Jenny Ash, OBSE Race Director, Pam Pekrun, External Affairs Manager Dominion Power, Lynda Wood, OBSE Executive Director.

Dominion Power External Affairs Manager,  Pam Pekrun stopped by Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) on August 4th to award the Dominion Power sponsorship donation for 2015. Dominion has been the Start Line Sponsor for the TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon since 2007 and for the Flying Pirate Half Marathon Since 2010.

Dominion provides and coordinates man power and volunteers as well as hosts the Start Line area located at its facility on The Woods Road in Kitty Hawk. Dominion’s repeated dedication is of utmost importance to OBSE and the participating runners. This sponsorship enables OBSE to continue to support the quality of life for our local citizens.

Outer Banks Sporting Events is a 501c3 non-profit organization which donates 100% of net proceeds from each of its 4 events  to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, to support local citizens in need, and the Dare Education Foundation, in support of local public education programs and grants for students and teachers. In addition, since the inaugural Marathon in 2006, OBSE has generated over $47.5 MILLION in economic impact for our local business community. OBSE is fortunate to have Dominion NC Power as our community partner.