The mission of the Outer Banks Sporting Events is to organize sporting events and competitions, promote healthy living lifestyles, and provide financial resources for needed relief and education, all while contributing to the economic health of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Outer Banks running events have become very popular, due, in part, to the legendary beauty of the area. But the athletes who run Outer Banks races also have come to expect the kindness of support that they receive from the residents during their time here. Of course, many locals run these races too, and plenty of friendships have been forged along the miles. But let's not forget the after-race parties! They are a big draw for the fun and comradery that come as a natural part of the euphoria (and beer!) after each race. Lots of participants add to the festivities by dressing up for these Outer Banks runs: leprechauns, pirates and tutus (just because!), so feel free to express yourself while you're putting in those miles. To assure your place in these Outer Banks races, be sure to register early! And, btw, plenty of our participants are walkers, so if you're new to these events, we want you to know that you'll feel just as much a part of the races as the runners do.
Annual Outer Banks Running Events
The Annual Running of the Leprechauns – Come get lucky and join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the annual Running of the Leprechauns, as we kick off our season with this festive 5K & 10K. Finishers medal and shirt for all. Start chasing the rainbow at Satterfield Soccer Complex in Nags Head! The 10K route includes portions of gravel trail (approx. 2 miles) and is a loop. The 5K is all on the road and is an out-and-back course.
Flying Pirate Half Marathon Weekend – Begin your Outer Banks running journey in historic Kitty Hawk, home to the birth of aviation. Run with the ghosts of the Wright Brothers as you meander the Memorial Trail on the edge of the picturesque Albemarle Sound. This part of the course is flat, but don’t run so fast that you miss the incredible Outer Banks scenery. Sea oats, herons, egrets and sound views create a relaxing start to your 13.1 mile-long journey. Saturday events include The First Flight 5K and Fun Run.
Outer Banks Triathlon – Swim-Bike-Run! The Outer Banks Triathlon starts with a swim in the Croatan Sound on Roanoke Island, Manteo. Two days of multi-sport racing including 3 distances. Aquabike options too!
Outer Banks Marathon Weekend – The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon, winding its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is like no other Outer Banks race. Running from Kitty Hawk to Manteo, participants will experience the neighborhoods of the Outer Banks, the maritime forest of the Nags Head Woods Preserve, cross the Roanoke Sound via The Washington Baum Bridge and end in historic downtown Manteo.
Southern Fried Half Marathon – Part of the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend; this is the second half of the Outer Banks Marathon course (see above). The half marathon begins in Nags Head near the largest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.
The Southern 6- Part of the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend; run the final 6(ish) miles of the Marathon course...Run to the party, join the race to the finish.
8K & 5K & Fun Run– Part of the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend; these Saturday races run an out-and-back course that starts in Kill Devil Hills at the First Flight High School track (in front of the grandstand). Kids and kids-at-heart enjoy participating in the 1-mile Fun Run on Star-Spangled Saturday!