Flying Pirate Half Marathon draws 2,900 runners

By on April 26, 2013

The fastest time to the Finish was runner Pat Hayburn, from Boothwyn, PA, with a time of 1:13:05.

The fastest runner was Pat Hayburn from Boothwyn, Pa., with a time of 1:13:05.

Over 2,900 registered runners and walkers came to the Outer Banks over the April 14 weekend to compete in the Fourth Annual Flying Pirate Half Marathon.

Runners from 38 states and four countries joined the fun. The run is planned each year by Outer Banks Sporting Events and presented by Wells Fargo Bank.

Besides the Half Marathon event on Sunday, the weekend also offered the First Flight 5K and Family Fun Run on Saturday morning at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. 

The Flying Pirate Race Expo was open to the public Friday and Saturday at the Dare County recreation center in Kill Devil Hills, offering race gear, athletic apparel and food for purchase from Outer Banks Brewing Station.

Participants took their mark on Sunday morning, taking off from Dominion Power on The Woods Road in Kitty Hawk on a course that follows the first half of the Gateway Bank Outer Banks Marathon.

Jessica Witter, local OBX runner, was the first woman to cross the Finish line. Her time was 1:33:14.

Jessica Witter, local OBX runner, was the first woman to finish. Her time was 1:33:14.

Along the course athletes were entertained by live local bands, our own OBX Pirates from the Jolly Roger Restaurant and fun “Runner Species” signs designed by resident artist Chris Kemp.

Runners were cheered by enthusiastic groups at all six mile markers. Groups of volunteers were seen handing out Gatorade, water and encouragement.

An extraordinary engagement overjoyed us all when Chris proposed to Jenna as she crossed the finish line. The grand finale was the post-race Pirates’ Jamboree. Runners and their friends and family enjoyed music by The Crowd and food and beer compliments of City Beverage.

The race is made possible by hundreds of volunteers and the support of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. 

OBSE offered thanks to all who gave their time, donations and efforts. A hearty thank you went out to each volunteer from the Expo to the Finish line and each mile marker along the 13.1 mile course.

All of the proceeds from the event 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 Dare County Schools, and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, providing financial assistance for local families in crises.

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