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
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.
- Peggy Stovall OBSE Marketing Coordinator
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
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.