Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.6
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.2
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.8
SWAG
3.4
It’s been stated that the best way to explore a destination is to run through it! The Outer Banks Marathon held each Veteran’s Day weekend will gives a tour of this historic coastline like no other! An event for all ages and for the inner explorer in all of us, … MORE
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    Marathontwinmom FIRST-TIMER '18

    52 at the start, and 61 degrees at the finish. 20mph headwind picked up the last several miles and made it very cold after the finish. Mostly flat race with … MORE

    52 at the start, and 61 degrees at the finish. 20mph headwind picked up the last several miles and made it very cold after the finish. Mostly flat race with a .5 mile overpass at mile 24. There are 5 miles of hills and single track trail, through the park, in the middle. Nice scenery and the finish line party was nice with beer and music.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    TerriB FIRST-TIMER '19

    The outer banks marathon is beautiful. The half marathon is virtually flat other than the bridge at mile 9. At the top of the bridge is 10 miles. Perfect for … MORE

    The outer banks marathon is beautiful. The half marathon is virtually flat other than the bridge at mile 9. At the top of the bridge is 10 miles. Perfect for me as at mile 10, I always say “ it’s just a 5k now” and downhill 😉. As a side note you will so accomplished when you beat it.
    Nice medal, nice race shirt and nice after party at the park, snap a shot of your medal with the Roanoke lighthouse that is at the finish.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    ivy1238 FIRST-TIMER '17

    My 2nd half marathon and didn't know what to really expect. I unexpectedly had a personal record. I also did the 5k the day before so I could get all … MORE

    My 2nd half marathon and didn’t know what to really expect. I unexpectedly had a personal record. I also did the 5k the day before so I could get all the medals.
    I was able to get through entire course without stopping, even with the bridge. The course was mostly highway. There were ALOT of runners so it made it easier not to get caught up on looking ahead at the long highway. The last half mile was a little annoying because it seemed like you were at the end but then found that you had a few more turns that you weren’t prepared for. The start and ending are on two different places so it required for you to take shuttle or have someone get you from the other side. Overall I enjoyed the races and I thought the production team did a good job. It was well organized.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '12

    I know some people really like this race, I just am not one of them. I found it to be dull, and considering it's such a beautiful place, it's not … MORE

    I know some people really like this race, I just am not one of them. I found it to be dull, and considering it’s such a beautiful place, it’s not very scenic. There is a hilly part in the woods around the halfway point, which was a nice, and surprising, change of scenery, but otherwise it’s kind of around neighborhoods and down a long stretch of highway to the never ending bridge and finally into the home stretch and finish in Manteo. I’d call it a mediocre event, which if you’re nearby, is a decent race to run. Otherwise, I think there are other, better, options out there for North Carolina.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    oasiselementary Jul 31, 2020 at 2:40pm

    So if I could only run one marathon in NC, which one would you recommend?

    So if I could only run one marathon in NC, which one would you recommend?

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    wonderjess FIRST-TIMER '10

    I ran the OBX Half Marathon in 2009 and the Full in 2010. The timing, in November, means that this tourist driven area comes all out for the race. This … MORE

    I ran the OBX Half Marathon in 2009 and the Full in 2010. The timing, in November, means that this tourist driven area comes all out for the race. This is kind of the area’s last little hurrah before the beach closes down for the season, and the locals are glad to have you there contributing to their economy. Both times that I went, we rolled a week’s vacation into the trip. Beach houses in NC in November are at a steal!!

    As for the race itself: It’s super flat, till you hit the bridge 3 miles from the finish. I think the first half of the course is much more interesting (as a note, you can run just the first half in an April Half Marathon there). It winds through some neighborhoods, and through a nature preserve, and you come out at the Wright Brother’s Memorial. Then the second half you’re on blacktop. You do get some sound views, but never really ocean views.

    Race production has always gone off without a hitch for me. The organizers put on a good expo, everything I needed was on the course. The finish has warm stew and Coors Light (at least they did when I ran). You finish up in downtown Manteo which is cute!

    Things to beware of: Driving traffic gets crazy on race day. If you’re a spectator meeting your racer, give yourself plenty of time to get to the finish. Because you’re on an island, there is only one north/south road. It can get hot on the course! And also, if you’re slow (this was my first full), it can get pretty lonely on the course.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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