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.