Half Marathon

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SUNDAY, April 14th

5300 The Woods Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Flying Pirate Half Marathon START 7:00 am

COURSE DESCRIPTION The Outer Banks is at sea level and the point-to-point course is mostly flat. Within the Nags Head Woods Preserve, elevation change includes some rolling terrain and 2 moderate hills. Enjoy 13.1 miles of scenic beauty

Begin your journey in historic Kitty Hawk, home to the birth of aviation. This part of the course is flat, but don’t run so fast that you miss the incredible Outer Banks scenery. After just a few miles you’ll be greeted by the real Outer Banks – the people who make up this warm, close-knit community. Feel the energy boost as they applaud your run down residential Bay Drive.

At mile 8 you’ll run along the base of the famous Wright Brothers Monument, marking the location of the first flight that took place on December 17, 1903. Look up and you are sure to see planes flying overhead. You’ll be running where powered flight began! Just two miles down the road, yet another surprise is in store. Around mile 10, you’ll enter the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve. This lush maritime forest will amaze you with its understated beauty. All the beauty of trail running along a mulched, dirt road within this unique ecosystem.

No one said this was going to be easy. At about mile 12, you’ll leave Nags Head Woods on a narrow trail with off-road conditions. Mulch/Sand/Dirt. NOTE: Here is the final course elevation before crossing the Finish line. Look up and catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean! Take in the beauty of this awesome maritime forest and give yourself a pat on the back…you made it! Now it’s party time!!

PACERS at these times: 1:45 | 2:00 | 2:15 | 2:30
Look for them at the Start and jump in. Pacer representatives will be at the Jolly Roger Pirate Expo on Saturday to answer your questions!

2 Person Relay


Run the Half Marathon as a Team

2 Person Relay FP

Relay Information

  • Register Online Today – Sorry! No race day registration available
  • Register as a team of 2
  • Receive a combined team time at the finish line-no split time
  • Runner #1 starts at regular Half Marathon Start (Woods Rd.) with baton
  • Runner #2 starts at approximately mile 6. (Bay Drive & Dock St.) Here there will be a hand-off zone marked on the left-hand side of the road. Please know an approximate arrival time of your Runner #1 and look out for him/her. The Team baton must be carried by one of the team runners at all times from start to finish


Best scenario is for Runner #2 to be dropped off at Bay Drive & Dock St. there.) Bay Dr. is the race course and all side streets that intersect Bay Dr. will be blocked.  Discuss & prepare for the approximate time Runner #1 will take to get to MM6 from the 7:00am start.  Runner #2 should arrive at the hand off point with plenty of time to look out for Runner #1 wearing the same bib number.

Access this relay hand-off zone/ Runner #2 drop-off point, via West Durham from Hwy 158.  Right on Portsmouth which is 1 block East of Dock St.  Here you can turn out before getting too close to the race course.

Runner #1, If your car is not nearby, we will have a shuttle come through and take you to the finish/post-race party to meet your teammate.  A shuttle will come by Dock & Bay at approximately 7:40 & 8:40 am only.

Costume Contest

Participate in your best pirate themed costume and WIN! Judges will be Mile Marker Sponsors & Bike Marshals who will be on the lookout for the best dressed in a pirate theme costume

Costume Contest - Flying Pirate - OBXSE-org


Kitty Hawk Elementary School 16 Dogwood Trail Southern Shores, NC 27949

From N. Croatan Hwy./US 158 in Southern Shores, turn onto Dogwood Trail. Turn right into the Kitty Hawk Elementary School parking lot. Runner drop off is at the school and a short walk to the START.


GEAR BAG SERVICES Half Marathon Runners

Bring a change of clothes with you to the START and UPS will have your bag waiting for you at the FINISH! Use the tear-off label from your race bib to I.D. your bag (ties are provided at the EXPO). Please use a closeable bag, such as a small duffel bag, cinch sack or back pack. Keep the size to 16”X20” or less.

There is a large changing tent available at the FINISH. This is located next to the YMCA.


Runner Tip: If you are wearing warm up gear to the start of the race, be prepared to utilize the gear bag service. We are not responsible for clothing or personal items left or forgotten; and all such items will be discarded or donated.

SHUTTLE SERVICE Half Marathon Runners

Runners utilizing the shuttle service should arrive at their shuttle pick up location at least 10 minutes prior to the first scheduled departure. Arrive early to make sure you get on the shuttle and arrive at the START on time.


Park near the START at Walmart, 5400 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. Shuttles to the START run every 10 minutes beginning at 5:50am. Last shuttle from Walmart to the START is 6:30am.

Park near the FINISH at Pirate’s Quay or Nags Head Elementary School. Take a shuttle to the START.


Shuttles depart from Pirates Quay/NHES every 10 Minutes beginning at 5:30am. The trip time from the

FINISH to the START is approximately 30 minutes. Allow yourself enough time to park and walk to Shuttle area prior to the trip.

Last shuttle to the Start from Nags Head is 6:15am

There is one shuttle after the Start begins to take spectators back to Walmart parking and the Finish parking areas. It leaves the Start at 7:15am.


Pirate’s Quay Shopping Center:

3022 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head


Nags Head Elementary School:

3100 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head

Central Square:

2910 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head


Nags Head Professional Center:

103 & 106 W. Woodhill Dr., Nags Head

It’s gonna take more than street cred!

…but you’ll love it!


We hope your training is going well!

We think you’ll be pleased by the variety of The Flying Pirate Half Marathon course, which is mostly fast and flat.  Miles 10-13 are off road with some rolling hills to the finish.  Just as you have variety in your training runs, introduce some varied terrain as you prepare for the change.

If you can find a softer surface, like grass or dirt, on which to do intervals, this will prepare you for the change of muscle us as you leave the road.

On your downhill recoveries, take it easy -and hit a soft surface if possible (i.e., grass on side of road) this will lessen muscular damage from eccentric loading of the quads.

As with flat courses, always a good note to self: not to start out too fast!


Looking forward to seeing you in April!

Your Race Director – OBXSE

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