Rain doesn’t deter thousands of runners

By on April 30, 2012

The 3rd annual Flying Pirate Half Marathon, First Flight 5K and the Inaugural Storm the Beach, not just a 5K took place April 21 and 22.

Nearly 3,500 registered runners from 32 states and four countries participated in the pirate-themed races.

Many volunteers made the events possible with their enthusiasm and support. Wells Fargo Bank was the sponsor and took an active part in the weekend festivities.

April 21 was a sunny Saturday morning at the Wright Brothers Memorial and at 7:30 a.m. hundreds of runners and walkers were under way in the First Flight 5K.

Registered runners for this race increased by 42 percent from 2011. The final count was well over 800 registered runners, representing a sell out in early March. The 714 finishers not only ran around the memorial but also up the memorial hill, getting a spectacular view of the ocean.

This year, participants included the Couch to 5K Challenge, made up of Dare Couny and Outer Banks Hospital employees. One hundred sixty runners and walkers were organized by The Outer Banks Hospital, as part of the Town of Nags Head Wellness Initiative. Team Extremes’ presence this year included a first-ever sky dive onto the park grounds by their honorary wounded vet, just prior to the Start of the First Flight 5K.

Saturday afternoon provided perfect weather for the Inaugural Storm the Beach, not just a 5K. The 325 participants had a great time on the beach surmounting a variety of 16 obstacles, running through the sand and into the surf. A hearty thank you goes out to all volunteers, the Jolly Pirate Restaurant Pirate Crew and Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue! Your boundless efforts made this event a great success. Post-race participants enjoyed a party at the Outer Banks Brewing Station, where they finally relaxed, sharing stories and receiving their awards.

It was a rainy Sunday morning on April 22 at 7 a.m. when the start gun rang out and thousands of runners were released onto the Flying Pirate Half Marathon course, which begins in Kitty Hawk at Dominion Power on The Woods Road and finishing in Nags Head behind the YMCA.

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon reached capacity with 2,500 registered participants. Mile markers along the 13.1 mile course were manned by local volunteers and student groups, cheering the runners on and handing out water and Gatorade.

Rain continued to soak the tenacious runners throughout the morning. The tireless runners were greeted at the finish with cheers and medals and a warm egg biscuit sandwich.

Planned and hosted by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the race was made possible by hundreds of volunteers and the support of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau as well as loyal sponsors. OBSE sincerely thanks all who give their time, donations, and efforts to make this event possible.

All of the proceeds will be 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.

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