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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.


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Storm the Beach held June 14th … Salt, Sand, Success!

Photo Credit Michael Beswick

Storm the Beach is a full –fledged obstacle course held on the beautiful beaches of Nags Head, NC.  Athletes of all ages and abilities came out to crawl, climb, and conquer in this epic event held Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Jennette’s Pier.

Over 700 challengers from ages 5 to 69 signed up for an ambitious undertaking. 5 Mile competitors were at the Start at 7:40am. Their course took them from the Start at Jennette’s Pier, south to the turnaround at the Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head (aka: Fish Heads Bar & Grille), then back north to the Finish line, also at Jennette’s Pier. These amazing athletes’ conquered 28 obstacles along the way; Seabag Raise, Pipeline and Lobster Trap to name a few. First Flight Adventure Park sponsored The Wall at the 5 Mile turnaround and it was epic! The 3 Mile challengers followed the same course until their turnaround at the 1.5 mile mark. These hearty athletes endured sand, salt and sweat to complete and compete all the way to the Finish! And, from what we’ve heard, running in the sand is an obstacle all on its own!

Meanwhile, back at Jennette’s Pier, the 1 Mile Fun Run included family and friends competing in a friendly fun run, complete with 11 different obstacles.

The participants gathered at the post-race Beach Party Blast which included free runner food from TUBBS Hot Dogs, healthy snacks of apples, bananas, and peanut butter snackers. The beverage garden offered 3 different craft beers (to those of legal age), supplied by Kona Brewing and City Beverage. Hundreds of runners stayed for the Awards ceremony and the Kona Raffle. The raffle winners were randomly chosen by bib number. The lucky winners received either a beach cruiser, a beach cooler or a Kona beach chair.

Top awards were given in the following divisions.
3 Mile Distance:

Top Female

1.       Breezy Gary – age 38 – Somerset, PA – 40:48.0

2.       Tina Berardinucci – age 27 – Easton, PA – 42:07.2

3.       Alex Barker – age 28 – Manteo, NC – 45:18.5

Top Male

1.       Allen Schmidt – age 28 – Fredericksburg, VA – 39:54.0

2.       Craig Thornton, age 14 – 40:38.7

3.       Thaddeus Miksinski III – age 43 – Germantown, MD – 41:56.7

5 Mile Distance:

Top Female

1.       Brittany Ostlund – age 29 –  Grandy, NC – 52:04.1

2.       Chrissy Simmons- age 39 – Manteo, NC – 58:10.3

3.       Jessica Gorr – age 43 – Southern Shores, NC – 1:00:41.9

Top Male

1.       Ryan McCarron – age 28 -Kill Devi Hills, NC – 47:44.8

2.       Brad Wikinson – age 37 – Greenville, NC – 48:34.9

3.       Barrett Crook – age 45 – Kitty Hawk, NC – 50:16.6

3 Mile Team Distance:

Team – Category 0 – 13 members – 1:27:08.6

Corporate Division Rip Current Team – Trail Life USA – 8 members – 1:49:29.5

5 Mile Team Distance:

Team – FAH KING SWIMMERS USCG – 4 members – 2:02:38.3

Corporate Division Rip Current Team – Village Realty Company – 6 members – 1:49:57.5

Visit StormtheBeach.org for more information about this unique event!

OBSE sends Special Thanks to all of our amazing Race Crew! Our community of volunteers truly pulls this event together. Some race crew volunteers worked all weekend arriving as early as 5am on race day to set up the course. Others stayed throughout the day in the sweltering heat and humidity, manning obstacles, runner food and beverage and handing out medals and water at the Finish line. We appreciate everyone’s time and talent. We cannot put on events like Storm the Beach without such strong support!

To join the OBSE Race Crew and to learn more about the events and how they help our Outer Banks Community, please visit obxse.org or email info@obxse.org

100% of net proceeds from this and every event produced by Outer Banks Sporting Events benefits the missions of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation. OBSE is a 501c3 non-profit. Each of the 4 annual OBSE events is sponsored in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.


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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Another Successful Nags Head Links Ladies “Driving Fore the Cure” Golf Tournament!

Another GREAT golf tournament by the Nags Head Links Ladies “Driving Fore the Cure” benefiting the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Outer Banks Hospital’s Get Pinked campaign. The Outer Banks Relief Foundation administers the Tanger Breast Cancer Fund which is designated to financially assist people living in our Outer Banks community who are struggling with breast cancer. Many many thanks to the Nags Head Links Ladies whose generosity will be spread throughout our community by donating a portion of the proceeds from the tournament to the Tanger Breast Cancer Fund. Last year in 2014, the “Driving Fore the Cure” tournament donated $12,546.36 to the Fund.

Form of Need financial assistance gifts from our Relief Foundation normally range between $500 and $3,000. Through the generosity of the Nags Head Links Ladies, four women with Breast Cancer have been assisted during the past year while undergoing debilitating regimes of chemotherapy and testing. They have benefitted by:

  • Having diagnostic testing paid for that was not covered by insurance or Medicaid.
  • Getting financial help for prescribed therapies such as compression garments for the treatment of lymphedema.
  • Having their rent or mortgage, utilities and other living expenses paid.

Additionally, in partnership with the Outer Banks Hospital and Hands of Hope, we were able to fund the creation of an educational video on the effects, causes and treatment for lymphedema, a common side effect from breast cancer treatment.

From a woman diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer helped through the Tanger Breast Cancer Fund …

“Thank you for helping us during this difficult time in our lives. We never thought we would be in this situation and the need to ask for help. We are so blessed by your gift of ‘relief’ and help to get rid of some of the financial stresses and burdens cancer has brought into our lives…”


OBH 2015 Prada Sponsorship

The Outer Banks Hospital is Sponsor of 2015 Couture by the Shore!

The Outer Banks Hospital is a long time supporter of our Relief Foundation. We are thankful for their Prada sponsorship of the Couture by the Shore. Last year this event raised over $70,000 to help people living in our community who are struggling due to a debilitating disease, illness or personal tragedy.

Chris Kelley, Relief Foundation Executive Director, and Jill Bennett, Owner of Birthday Suits and Event Marketing Chair, accept the sponsorship donation from Amy Montgomery, Outer Banks Hospital Director of Outreach, Communications and External Affairs, and Ronnie Sloan, Outer Banks Hospital President.