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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.



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.


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.



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.


New Pizza Shop Helps Raise Funds

Southern Shores NC (July 25, 2015) – Southern Shores Pizza has been busy during its first summer in business, but not too busy to lend a hand at this weekend’s Sandbar 5K presented by Comprehensive Rehabilitation.

The event, now in its 14th year, raises funds for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to assist those in our community burdened with financial difficulties due to illness or tragedy.

The 5K begins on the beach at milepost 4.5 in Kitty Hawk at 7:30 a.m. this Sunday August 2nd.  Runners and walkers will head north and then turn back at the Southern Shores Pizza banner to cross the start/finish line where they began. Bananas, bagels, sugar cookies and beverages await them post-race.

Go to active.com or outerbanksrelieffoundation.com to register. All entrants receive super-soft race t-shirts. Overall male and female winners receive weekend vacation packages. Top-3 age group winners and male and female winners receive sea glass medals.

Gift certificates to local restaurants and shops will be given away randomly on the day of the race.

Southern Shores Pizza and Deli, located at Southern Shores Crossing, makes hand-tossed, New York style pizza as well as deli subs. Call them at 252-715-3940 for free delivery from Kitty Hawk to southern Duck.

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Southern Shores Pizza’s managing owner Colby Boone and kitchen boss Joe Ryce (l to r) hard at work on a recent Saturday.


Sandbar 5k Announces New Title Sponsor!

Nags Head NC (June 15, 2015) – The Outer Banks Relief Foundation is proud to welcome Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists as the title sponsor of the 2015 Sandbar 5K.

The race, now in its 14th year, is a loop on the beach at milepost 4.5 in Kitty Hawk, directly across from the “Old Station” public bath house, aka the Black Pelican beach access. Runners and walkers are welcome at this Outer Banks Relief Foundation fundraising event on the morning of Sunday August 2 at 7:30.

Dr. Jessica Fuller-Hines, one of the rehabilitation physicians behind Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists, says, “We love being involved in community-based efforts. Working to make lives better is what we do in our office each day. Being a supporter of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation is a natural for us.”

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation provides financial assistance to people living and working on the Outer Banks who are struggling with an illness or personal tragedy.

Dr. Fuller-Hines is joined by Dr. Jessica H. Gorr at Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain  Specialists. Together they treat people who are not enjoying the quality of their lives because of pain or significant limitations in their daily functioning. Their patients include those who have pain — such as in their back, neck, knee, hip, or shoulder – as well as those with weakness from a stroke or nerve injury.

“We want our patients to have the best possible health outcomes and be able to do the things they love. Sponsoring a fundraising race for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation is another way we promote great outcomes for people in our community,” says Dr. Gorr.

Dr. Gorr and Dr. Fuller-Hines can reached by calling 252-333-1277. Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists is located at 135 Rich Blvd in Elizabeth City. Dr. Gorr sees patients at her Kitty Hawk office as well.

For more information on registering for the Sandbar 5K go to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation website or active.com.


Photo caption (l to r): Dr. Jessica Gorr and Dr. Jessica Fuller-Hines meet Patty McKenna, Outer Banks Relief Foundation volunteer, at their Elizabeth City office to discuss their sponsorship of the 2015 Sandbar 5K taking place on August 2 in Kitty Hawk.

Beach Realty’s Jason and Jimbo Ward (left to right) are pictured with Relief Foundation volunteers Matt McKenna and Frank Ausband and foundation director Chris Kelley at Beach’s Kitty Hawk offices.

Beach Realty Sales & Construction Shows Longevity & Commitment

Beach Realty’s Jason and Jimbo Ward (left to right) are pictured with Relief Foundation volunteers Matt McKenna and Frank Ausband and foundation director Chris Kelley at Beach’s Kitty Hawk offices.

Beach Realty & Construction / Kitty Hawk Rentals is proudly celebrating its 51st year in business. The vacation rental, real estate sales and home building/remodeling company can also celebrate a perfect record of top-tier corporate sponsorship of the Sandbar 5K, an annual fundraising event for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

The 2015 Sandbar 5K will take place on Aug 2nd at 7:30 a.m. on the beach in Kitty Hawk at milepost 4.5, across from the Black Pelican. Funds raised will be used by the Relief Foundation to assist those in our community burdened with financial difficulties due to illness or tragedy. Go to active.com or www.outerbanksrelieffoundation.com to register.


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Inaugural Island Ball Held May 17th Benefits OBRF!

The Inaugural OBX Island Ball that took place on May 17th at the Ramada Plaza benefited the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Outer Banks SPCA. A check for $444.00 was presented to representatives of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation recently. Pictured left to right are Chris Kelley, Executive Director for OBRF; Dominic Mikel, Jim Beam Portfolio Manager for Southern Wine & Spirits Mid-Atlantic; Lori Howell-Clark, General Sales Manager for East Coast Radio; Anthony Cooke, Outer Banks Manager for City Beverage; John Gillam, Board President for OBRF; and Tom Hoggard, Director of Sports for East Coast Radio.

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2015 14th Annual Sandbar 5K is Right Around the Corner!

The 14th Annual Sandbar 5k
Presented by: Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Pain Specialists



Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 
7:30 am Start

Kitty Hawk, NC
 Milepost 4.5, Beach Access. This Access is on the beach road beside the Black Pelican restaurant. Parking is available at the access and at the Black Pelican.


The Outer Banks only 5K Beach Run/Walk is set on the wide flat sands in front of the historic ‘Old Station’ public bath house in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This charity event benefits the Outer Banks Relief Foundation which raises funds to help people on the Outer Banks with debilitating diseases and families in crisis.


The 14th Annual Sandbar 5k Race starts on the beach at the MP 4.5 lifeguard tower and runs north and then south back to the start/finish line.


Medals for age group finishers with first,second and third overall male and female receiving gifts/ vacation packages. Gift certificates and other prizes to be awarded randomly by bib number on the day of the race. T-shirts for every entrant. Medals will also be given to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: 6 – 9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.


$30 per entrant until July 26th and $35 from July 27th on.  Entry fee includes an event T-shirt and the after party. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please make checks payable to:  The Outer Banks Relief Foundation.  On-line entries can be made through Active.com before 8/1/2015.  Beach entries will be accepted from 6:15am-7:00am on the day of the race if space is available.  A maximum of 500 participants will be allowed in this event.


Post race festivities include bagels and fruit. Beer for the over 21 runners. Music & Live Remote Broadcast by Beach104.


Pre-race packet pick up will be available at the Outer Banks Sports Club (located on the bypass at MP 10.5 click here for directions) on Saturday, August 1st between 4pm and 7pm. If you miss the pre-race pick-up, you can get your packet from 6:30 am – 7:00 am prior to the race on the 3rd.