Marathon weekend right around the corner, volunteers sought

Published 3:54 pm Monday, November 7, 2022

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The OBX TowneBank Marathon and Half Marathon is set to take place on Veteran’s weekend, November 11 – 13, 2022. This year’s races on Saturday and on Sunday will be run entirely in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk with all events ending at the Wright Brothers Memorial.

Race weekend kicks off Friday afternoon and evening, November 11, with registration taking place at the Ramada Inn on the Beach Road in Nags Head.

Saturday, November 12 runs – sponsored by Surf Peds Foundation, Surf Pediatrics & Family Medicine and Surf Urgent Care – include an 8K, 5K and the very popular Family Fun Run. Registration for all three Saturday events is needed and can be done online at

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Everything for these three running events takes place on and around the Wright Brothers Memorial starting at 7:30 a.m. Parking for these events is located at the First Flight schools, directly across the street.

This year’s Saturday theme is “Living Swell & Soar” in an effort to nudge everyone in the community to live a healthy lifestyle all the while benefitting a non-profit, noted a press release from Outer Banks Sporting Events. All Fun Run athletes under 18 will be recognized for helping Surf Pediatrics & Medicine make a $5,000 donation to Beach Food Pantry. Additionally, the male and female first place winners in the 8K and 5K will have a donation made in their name to their favorite charity by Surf Peds Foundation.

Sunday, November 13 is the OBX TowneBank Marathon and Half Marathon, which starts at 7 a.m. at Outlets Nags Head. The course takes runners south to north this year, with both events ending up at the Wright Brothers Memorial and giving runners an entirely different experience.  Runners will get to run on the sound; in front of Jockey’s Ridge; through the woods behind the YMCA; around First Flight Middle School with half marathon runners ending with a lap around the bottom of the Wright Brothers Memorial. Full marathoners will continue north on Bay Drive to Kitty Hawk and then back to the Wright Brothers Memorial.

A group out of Colorado – the 50 States Half Marathon Club – is making the Outer Banks race their North Carolina half marathon event with some 250 runners coming from all across the United States to participate.

For the entire Outer Banks Marathon weekend, up to 2,000 runners are expected to participate.

With marathon weekend comes a major need for volunteers to help visitors and locals have a fun time at any and all of the events. “The Outer Banks community has always generously showed up to help with registration, water stops along the route, and finishline flourish,” stated the OBSE press release. “This year is no exception.” Volunteers can sign up at The event weekend can always use more hands to make it happen, noted OBSE.

To see the schedule of events or to register to run for either day or to volunteer, go to and navigate to the 2022 OBX Marathon and the various links that are already set up. Runners, walkers, joggers – all are invited to challenge themselves on this special Veteran’s weekend Outer Banks event.

“The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau always most generously helps to make this weekend of race events happen,” stated the release.

“Please join us.”



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