About Outer Banks Sporting Events

Learn about Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) – The mission of OBSE is to organize and promote sports competition and healthy living resources, provide financial resources for needed relief and support for public education while contributing to economic impact for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 100% of net proceeds are shared by the Dare Education Foundation and the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. The Outer Banks Sporting Events is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Thank you for helping us help others.

Outer Banks Sporting Events Board Members

  • Board Chair Ken Wells
  • Laurie Graham
  • David Twiddy
  • Patty Mckenna
  • Jim Kranda
  • Tim Cafferty
  • Richard Martin
  • Elisabeth Silverthrone

Staff

Ray Robinson – Executive Director 

Ray RobinsonOn April 17, 2017, Ray Robinson was named Executive Director of Outer Banks Sporting Events. Ray graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and later completed a Masters of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from High Point University. As a lifelong nonprofit management professional, Ray has worked with internationally recognized groups like United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

In his spare time, Ray enjoys taking family trips with his wife (Glasher), Daughter (Lauren) and family dog (Rj).

Ray’s most memorable sports moment was running across the finish line in the 4×100 relay in the AAU Junior Olympics in Knoxville, TN.

 

Jenny Ash –  Race Director

Jenny AshJenny Ash joined the OBSE team in 2015. Originally from Baltimore, MD she holds an Advertising degree from West Virginia University. Before settling on the Outer Banks in 2011, her past included retail self- employment in Boulder & Breckenridge, Colorado and serving as a Program Director, Personal Trainer/ Fitness Instructor and Race Organizer with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, MN.

Jenny’s spare time is commonly put towards athletic accomplishments including 15 marathons, many half marathons and nearly 20 triathlons of varying distances.

“Training for a race event can be alone time or social time, but undoubtedly it is always self- improvement time. I know what this can mean to our OBSE participants. Crossing the finish line can be life-changing for someone. For every level athlete; the takeaway is different. I am proud to offer this experience to as many people as we can.”

Jenny resides in Duck, NC with her husband and three children

 

        Shane Miles – Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Shane is OBSE’s newest team member! Shane was owner/operator of the specialty running store Roanoke Island Running Company and Race Director for the Cupcake 5k that took place in Manteo, NC.

He has a background in event planning and working with other nonprofits, serving on the planning committee for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and  as both Vice President and President for the Outer Banks Running Club.

Shane is a passionate runner, Boston Qualifier and ran his first 100 miler in 2018.

“I feel like running can change everything for a person! It’s not only physically beneficial, but running stimulates the mind, builds confidence and can open up new doors of opportunity in one’s life.” He Says “It’s the only sport where all is required is the will to get started!”

Shane is excited to continue promoting health and fitness on the Outer Banks and beyond through his efforts with OBSE.

 

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