March 2014 Running Events

Outer Banks vacationIf you are a runner and love spring races like most runners do, then look no further than the Outer Banks in March. Spring on the Outer Banks ushers in warmer weather with cool breezes off the water and the perfect time for an Outer Banks vacation. It is the ideal time for some of the best races on the NC coast. From those that are designed for casual runners and even walkers to major events geared for serious, die-hard runners, the OBX races draw people from the area as well as other parts of the country. Here is a brief summary of some of the March races on the OBX:

Graveyard 100

  • Hatteras Island
  • March 8, 2014

With the Graveyard 100, runners get to choose between running in the GY 100-Mile race or the GY 100K race. Either way, runners must be able to run at least 63 miles (equivalent of 100K). But let’s be honest…if runners can run 63 miles, they can more than likely run 100 miles.

For those who choose the 100K, the route takes them the entire length of the main highway on Hatteras Island and then 10 miles of Bodie Island. The course is beautiful as it allows runners to see much of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Anyone who runs at this level knows that the scenery makes a lot of the run much more bearable.

For those brave enough to run the entire GY 100-Mile race (102.7 miles), the route covers all of Bodie and Hatteras Islands with scenery like the shore and three of the NC lighthouses. It is the toughest of the toughest races and run by only the fittest of the fit. After all, runners run over 100 miles.

There are alternate routes in case of bad weather as each race crosses Bonner Bridge. Finally, both races end on Hatteras Island in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. As for proceeds, those raised from the GY 100 go towards furthering the preservation of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and its advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks.

Kelly’s Catch the Leprechaun 10K

  • Nags Head
  • March 15, 2014

There is nothing like a good, solid morning run during a major holiday weekend. With all that is on an OBX calendar over St. Patty’s Day weekend, the Kelly’s Catch the Leprechaun 10K is the perfect way to alleviate that gluttonous, over-indulgent feeling. Although the length of the race is now a 10K (a welcome change for many runners), the course still traverses roads and trails throughout Nags Head and the Nags Head Woods Conservancy. At the end of the race which culminates at Kelly’s Restaurant, runners get to enjoy an authentic Irish fare and great awards. And, if the leprechaun is caught, everyone gets to share in the Kelly’s ‘pot o’ gold!” Because this is such a popular race, it is important to register early.

The Coastal Humane Society 17th Annual Walk-a-Thon

  • Nags Head
  • March 16, 2014

As part of Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Coast Humane Society is going to the dogs with their 17th Annual Walk-a-Thon. This is a great event where the pets get to participate so everyone can see the barrier islands’ furry friends prancing down the street in their best Festive green doggy attire. Participants meet at Mile Marker 11.5 across from the Nags Head Pier. Proceeds go to the Coastal Humane Society.

Just Get Out and Enjoy Paradise

If these events do not fit travel plans but running and walking are of the utmost importance, then just get out and enjoy paradise. This is a wonderful time to be out on the Outer Banks and there are always people out getting some exercise.

To get more information on these events as well as Outer Banks vacation rentals, simply contact us by email or call us at (866) 760-ELAN (3526).

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