Running world descends on the Outer Banks this weekend

By on November 9, 2017

The Washington Baum Bridge over Roanoke Sound presents a major challenge in the final three miles. (OBSE)

Runners from across the country and around the planet will be on the roads of the northern Outer Banks this weekend for the 2017 TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon.

Last year’s marathon weekend events attracted more than 5,000 runners from 47 states and 10 countries.

Travelers on some soundside roads in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head should expect full street closures along the various race courses on both days.


Lane closures on U.S. 158 from mile post 10 south to Whalebone Junction, and along U.S. 64 onto Roanoke Island, will be in place Sunday through midday.

Traffic entering Manteo after 7:30 a.m. on Sunday will have to take the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge to Manns Harbor, and then cross the Umstead Bridge back onto the island and enter town from the north.

Events include a one-mile fun run, the five-kilometer and eight-kilometer races on Saturday. Six-mile, 13.1-mile and 26.2 mile events are on Sunday.

The Race Expo at the Dare County Youth Center on Mustian Avenue in Kill Devil Hills will be open Friday from 12 to 7 p.m., where participants for events on either day can pick up their race packets.

The expo continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with packet pick-up available for Sunday events only.


On Saturday the Outer Banks 8K begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Buccaneer 5K at 9:30 a.m. The start and finish lines for both events are at Warren C. Judge III Memorial Field at First Flight High School.

The Surf Pediatrics & Medicine one-mile fun run will get underway at 11:15 a.m. at Judge Field, followed by the Diaper Dash for crawlers and toddlers at 11:45 a.m.

The Pirate Family Festival presented by Surf Pediatrics will also be taking place at Judge Field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a bounce house, kid-sized obstacle course, pirate toss, face painting, Kitty Hawk Kites rock climbing wall and other activities.


A pasta party at the Beachside Bistro at the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon starts on Woods Road in Kitty Hawk near the U.S. 158 intersection on Sunday at 7 a.m.

The Southern Fried Half-Marathon starting line will be at East Baltic Street and Wrightsville Avenue in Nags Head also at 7 a.m.

The Southern 6 Fun Run will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Tanger Outlet Center in Nags Head.

All three races will finish on Fernando Street in downtown Manteo, where the post-race Southern Fried Block Party happens from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Queen Elizabeth Street along the waterfront.

The award ceremonies for the half-marathon are at 10:30 a.m. and the full marathon at 12:15 p.m.

Full details about the event, including race course maps and road closure information can be found at

Planned by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the marathon is one of four annual fundraising events supporting economic development during the shoulder seasons while benefiting the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.


  • Mlewis

    A great event for all to enjoy!

    Friday, Nov 10 @ 4:51 am
  • Michael

    Dress warm

    Friday, Nov 10 @ 5:55 am
  • Stephen J McKenna

    Road closures are a very minor inconvenience for this very worthy

    Saturday, Nov 11 @ 8:05 am
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