Outer Banks Sporting Events

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  The next great race!

Outer Banks Sporting Events is a 501c3 non-profit organization. OBSE donates 100% of net proceeds to the Dare Education Foundation, working to maximize student potential by providing resources to students and teachers in Dare County schools and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, providing financial assistance to families in crisis. OBSE is proud to help improve the quality of life for Dare County citizens through support of these two foundations. In addition OBSE brings positive economic impact throughout Dare County by increasing tourism during the shoulder seasons thereby helping stimulate local business including hotel, motel, vacation rental homes, restaurants and shopping.

The mission of Outer Banks Sporting Events, Inc. is to organize and promote sports competition and healthy living lifestyle choices, provide financial support for needed relief and public education while contributing to the economic impact for the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Read more about Outer Banks Sporting Events HERE.


Storm the Beach! 

June 4, 2017
Dress for the sand, salt and sweat in the only obstacle course held on the beautiful beaches of Nags Head, North Carolina. 3 selection of distances allows everyone to participate. 1 Mile Family Fun - 3 Mile Dare Ya Distance - 5 Mile Ultimatium covers all abilities. Teams and individuals are welcome.

WOW!!!! Thanks OBSE for a spectacular Storm the Beach. When my teenager looks at me and says "I can't wait to do this again next year", then you know you have done something right!!!!!! Thanks for a great Sunday morning at the beach. Storm the Beach was the best time I have ever had while "running" and I uses that term loosely! Thanks again to OBSE and to ALL the volunteers who supported us today! You guys rock!! :)

Outer Banks Triathlon

September 16 & 17, 2017
Triathletes train for months to achieve their dream.Come to the Outer Banks Triathlon and experience the enthusiam, inspiration and skill! The Sprint Triathlon distance is perfect for those beginner triathletes. Move up to the Olympic Triathlon distance or choose the Half Triathlon distance and see if you have what it takes!

TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon

Veterans Day Weekend! November 10 - 12, 2017

There is something for everyone during the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend! This beautiful coastal community has a remarkable and beautiful course covering Kitty Hawk to Manteo! Bring a group to enjoy the weekend in this extraordinary venue. Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Southern 6 (fun run), Outer Banks 8K, Buccaneer 5K and the Family Fun Run!

Come to the beach and earn the bling! Sunday races offer 4 different challenges and 3 different relay distances!

I wanted to reach out and say thank you for a wonderful race! I participated in the Marathon and it was such an incredible experience. It was smaller than many of the races I've run recently and that's why I loved it! The volunteers were amazing from the expo through to the finish line. The course was beautiful, there was plenty of gu and water/Gatorade.  I will be back and I will tell my friends about this one, thank you!! 
~ L. Swift 2013 participant

2017 Running of the Leprechauns

DATE: TBD March  2018

The Running of the Leprechauns was the original idea of Mike Kelly and hosted at Kelly's Restaurant & Tavern, every St. Paddy's Day weekend since 2008. This fun, green and grand race Started and Finished on site at Kelly's Restaurant. All Finishers earned medals and enjoyed Irish Stew and Guinness beer at Mike's restaurant while sharing their running triumphs with their friends.

OBSE is thrilled to carry on Kelly's traditional race. Sustaining the Irish theme, runner food and beer, OBSE will create a new race route and include the new “Get Lucky!” costume contest! Creativity counts in this wearin o' the green contest!

Make your friends green with envy! Get a green shirt, Finish medal, Irish Stew and Guinness at the post-race party! The podium awaits the first male and first female finishers of each distance.

Flying Pirate Half Marathon 

April 14 - 15, 2018

Pirates, pirates everywhere in this themed weekend!  Try the First Flight 5K on Saturday or race the 13.1 beautiful miles of the Flying Pirate Half Marathon on Sunday.  OR, make it a Double Dare Challenge and race both days for double the fun and extra BLING!  It's a stunning course along the North Carolina coast.



Flying Pirate - April:

Warren & I ran our first half marathon today, the Flying Pirate in Kitty Hawk. I was going to post the obligatory selfie but thought this picture of the family who greeted runners with a hopscotch maze & NCAA worthy cheerleading skills. The Flying Pirate is a super race-beautiful course, wonderful management and great volunteers. But the thing that really sets it apart is the way the community embraces the event. A couple passing out champagne shots, the hopscotch course, the random Deejays inspiring us with Michael Jackson jams & Eye of the Tiger riffs from their front porches. And the infinite supply of hand clappers & cowbells motivating runners from mile 1 to mile 13. Running can be a meditative, solitary experience, but when you're working to take it to the next level-a PR, a new distance, not being last in your age group-cheerleaders can make all the difference. The Flying Pirate race captures why people run from the community of runners to the #obxcommunity letting us run on their home turf. It's a celebration of all running can be and proof positive that the best runs are not about the race but the journey.

LOVED the (Flying Pirate)course, food, people, and the level of organization! the pictures turned out great, and the food at the finish line was wonderful! loved the picture with the pirate at the end. Really enjoyed this race despite the pouring rain-- it was an awesome first 1/2 Marathon experience! thank you!

Really nice course. Wonderful volunteers who braved the steady rain with all the runners and walkers on Sunday. The Expo was better than we anticipated for a small race. Very pleased with the medals - they are fantastic. The visors were a nice surprise at the end. Will definitely recommend this to other runners.

TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon
Every Veterans Day Weekend!

  About the race....I have ran marathons in three other states (Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana) and for a lot of reasons (childhood including) this was by far my favorite. It was AMAZING when we went from the sandy road to the trail in the woods. By FAR my favorite part of the race. Please never take that part out. I will try to make the 24 hour round trip again for your race...it may be a couple years (wife is supposed to have guaranteed entry to NY next year???) but I will do my best!

Outer Banks Triathlon - September :

I would just like to take time to commend you on an absolutely wonderful race in a gorgeous part of the country.  Being from the Denver area, I have not spent much time on the East Coast, so when I found that I'd be working in Norfolk, VA for a few weeks which happened to coincided with the race, I conspired with my managers to take the weekend off, have my wife fly out and bring my bike (I'm going to be paying her back for that for quite some time!) to come down and enjoy ourselves in the Outer Banks area.

As a smaller race, it would be easy for you to not take the time to focus on the small details, but you have done just the opposite (the cold towels on the run is just one example).  There were plenty of aid stations (on both the bike and run), they were well stocked and the volunteers staffing those aid stations were amazing.  Check-in was a breeze!  I was equally impressed with the number of safety vessels and lifeguards on the swim.

As a USAT Coach and the Coaching Director of a large Tri-Club here in the Denver Metro area, I will certainly be recommending this race to anyone who is looking for a destination race that is well managed and pays great attention to detail.
Thank you very much!

OBX Half Marathon

April 14, 15, 2018

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OBX Half Marathon

June 17,  2018

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OBX Triathlon

September 15 & 16, 2018

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OBX Marathon

November 10 - 12, 2017

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