5 Fun Ways To Burn Off Those Extra Thanksgiving Calories on the OBX

 5 Fun Ways to Burn Off Those Extra Thanksgiving Calories on the OBX


Turkey Day is fast approaching. With it comes the much anticipated gathering of friends and familyand of course all of that fabulous food. Who doesn't indulge a little too much at the Thanksgiving table?




In order to rationalize your increased caloric intake during the Thanksgiving holiday, why not try out one or more of these 5 fun ways to burn off those extra calories while you're here on the Outer Banks?


Be proactive! Be guilt-free!





1. Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon

This event happens way before the Thanksgiving holiday, so you'll really be proactive in getting a head start on those pesky extra calories.

 The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon happens on November 6, 7 and 8 (Veterans Day Weekend). It's a wonderful way to cover some spectacular ground here on the OBX. You get to run through one of the most beautiful parts of the East Coast, so that itself seems like incentive enough, doesn't it?

OBX Running EventsRun through the village of Kitty Hawk, the historical Kill Devil Hills, (home of the First Flight), through the incredible maritime forest of Nags Head, and finally the equally historic Town of Manteo. Enjoy the scenery along the way!

The Outer Banks Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying race and includes something for everyone of every ability level including the Southern Fried Half Marathon, Southern 6, 8K and 5K, and Family Fun Run. There is a custom medal ready for every finisher.

 Click here to sign up!




2. Advice 5K Turkey Trot

The 20th running of the Advice 5K Turkey Trot happens on Thanksgiving morning, November 26 at 9a.m. starting at the Advice 5¢ Bed and Breakfast in Duck. This is a non-sanctioned 5K run/walk open to all ages and abilities. (As a guideline, all participants should be physically able to finish and be off the course within 60 minutes.) 

As its tradition, each of the first place finishers in each of the categories receives the infamous pumpkin pie award (yes, it's actually a pumpkin pie). How appropriate! 

Continue on with the celebration at the post-race party hosted at Duck Pizza. Then head on to your Thanksgiving celebration. 

Ready to learn more? Click here or check out their Facebook page.



3. Outer Banks Running Club Gobbler 5K & Fun Run


The Outer Banks Running Club invites you to start off your Thanksgiving morning with a calorie deficit by traversing a family-friendly 5k course through the Village of Nags Head while enjoying views of the Roanoke Sound.

Things you need to know: baby strollers, wagons, jog strollers are allowed. We’re sorry but bikes, scooters, skateboards, motorized vehicles, "wheelie shoes”, and dogs are not allowed. The Fun Run starts at approximately 9am and is 9/10 of a mile in length.

The best part is, other than the whole calorie deficit thing we already mentioned, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, you can easily help community members in need by donating canned goods and non-perishable food items while you're here.  They'll be collected and delivered directly to a local OBX food pantry.

 DONATE, RUN, EAT, NAP. Ready? Let's do it. Click here to register.



4. OBX Go Far Turkey Trot 5K & One Mile Fun Run

 Lace up your sneakers Thanksgiving morning and join in for this out and back course. The start and finish line is located behind the Town of Southern Shores complex located at 5375 N. Virginia Dare Trail at the turn off toward Duck. Have some fun, enjoy a hot breakfast, then strut your stuff in hopes of winning the first place prize: a Thanksgiving pie specially made for your Thanksgiving meal.

Oh, there's also a Largest Flock Award for the largest team or family. Round up your Thanksgiving crew and get them active before you all sit down for that big meal. The 5K starts at 9a.m. and the Fun Run follows at or around 9:45a.m.

Click here to sign up.


5. Surfin' Turkey 5K & Puppy Drum Fun Run

 Here's another place you can start of your Thanksgiving Day with fun and fitness, along with a hot breakfast. Run through the historic fishing village of Hatteras, or cheer on your family and friends at this family-friendly event. Cheering burns calories too, right? Proceeds from the race support the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund, which provides funding for educational opportunities and enrichment in Hatteras Island Schools. Parents are encouraged to come out and run with their children.

Bonus: Carolina Brewery provides a fresh microbrew beer for participants! You have to be 21 or over for this part, of course. Hmmm, I'd run for a free beer, wouldn't you?

Interested? Click here.


Surely there is at least one Outer Banks event listed here that you can fit into your Thanksgiving holiday. Like Nike says: Just do it!


Are you registered for any of the OBX Turkey Trots, 5Ks, Fun Runs or Marathons? If so, let us know. Feel the burn & enjoy your Thanksgiving!


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