Runners Love the OBX


If you spend any time outdoors running or cycling, you know what it is like to run or cycle while on vacation. You are not in a hurry and get to go on long runs or ride further because you are not on a schedule (unless you have a tee-time). Even in the summer heat, it is still a great feeling to get in a couple of long runs or rides.

For those who like races and events, runners and cyclists love to come to the Outer Banks to participate in one of the many races and events. And, there are a ton of them throughout the year.  Whether running, cycling, swimming or all of the above, the Outer Banks is the best place to head for training or races.

Upcoming Events

OBX Marathon/Half Marathon. November 8 - 10, 2013 is the Outer Banks Marathon/Half Marathon. This race draws thousands to the OBX from all over the country. Since it takes place the second weekend in November, the timing is perfect.  Cooler temperatures and lower humidity makes the race more bearable and even enjoyable even for first-timers. If you add the additional events that take place over the weekend including shorter races and other planned activities, you have a fantastic set up for a great weekend 'vacay' on the Outer Banks with your running buddies or family coming to cheer you across the finish line. Nags Head vacation rentals offer you everything from small cottages to larger oceanfront homes that accommodate lots of guests. And there is nothing better than running a long distance followed by an afternoon of relaxation on the beach.

Outer Banks Festivus Road Race 5K/10K and the Little Elf Jingle Jog. This race will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8 a.m., Town of Southern Shores, and Runcations is sponsoring a oceanside run through the town of Southern Shores. There will be trophies for 1st-3rd place overall male and female, age group awards, chip timing, event t-shirt, and finisher medals for all participants. Santa will be there from 8am - 9:45am. For more information and details email, visit us on the web at, or text 252-489-8239.


Outer Banks Triathlon. Coming next year in June, this test of strength that race draws a huge crowd. With three distances, athletes get to test their endurance for the first time or try to improve over their last triathlon. No matter the reason, let's be honest, the Outer Banks has to be a great backdrop for this swim, bike and run event.

Storm the Beach.  Over the past year, races that incorporate obstacle courses through sand, mud and other tricky paths have become the all the rage. Storm the Beach is the OBX's version of these popular races. Held two weekends ago, this race is so much fun.  It is a team oriented event that brings out die-hard runners, teams and anyone who is ready for an exciting course that involves crawling, climbing, and all sorts of physical challenges.

Plan Vacations around Events

When it comes to selecting and reserving vacation rentals Outer Banks, rental companies can provide guests with all they need to plan vacations around fun and exhilarating events. Whether you come with a large group of runners or cyclists who want to rent a house looking over the Atlantic Ocean or are interested in a wonderful cottage close to the water, OBX events are so much fun and well worth the effort and work of planning and participating. If you consider yourself a diehard athlete or a casual sports-oriented enthusiast, the Outer Banks is full of outdoor events to which so many look forward every year.

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