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Races and Places: Flying Pirate Half Marathon and First Flight 5K, Outer Banks

Races and Places: Flying Pirate Half Marathon and First Flight 5K, Outer Banks

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The races

First in Flight 5K, Saturday; Flying Pirate Half Marathon, Sunday; Double Dare Challenge (both days)

The Double Dare Challenge (5K and half marathon)

Nathan Daughtrey

Katie Kee

Carole McMahan

Henry Murray

Melanie Wright

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

Russell Ashburn

Bonnie Epling

The place

Outer Banks

Our entry fee

$100 for the Double Dare Challenge, $80 for the half

Our times

"We all crossed the finished lines with smiles on our faces! Our times ranged from 1:49 to 2:45 for the half marathon."

About the races

"The First in Flight 5K is a unique race that takes you around the Wright Brothers Memorial and down a greenway for an out-and-back. The Flying Pirate Half Marathon is a point-to-point race that starts in Kitty Hawk, and runners travel south through several neighborhoods and along the Albemarle Sound. The views are amazing! The course is fairly flat until you hit mile 10, when the course switches to packed trail and some hills. The last 0.5 of the race is true trail (packed sand dunes with pine straw), but runners are awarded with a (steep) downhill finish!"

Why we went

"It's our fifth year as a group running this event. It started with just three of us running in 2010 and has grown to 7-10 runners each year participating in the 5K and/or half marathon. The trip has become an annual tradition and we look forward to visiting our favorite restaurants (e.g. Mama Kwan's and Sam & Omie's) and places (e.g. Jockey's Ridge, Jeanette's Pier and Stop 'N Shop) along the Outer Banks."


"Very well-organized race, beautiful course, good crowd support, awesome swag (for the Double Dare Challenge, runners get two shirts and three medals!), and the post-race party with a live band, food and beer. Oh, and you get a long weekend at the Outer Banks!"


"Two things can wear you down in this race: 1. The 3 miles of hilly trail at the end, especially the short climb over a several sand dunes. 2. The exposed course, which doesn't provide much reprieve from the blazing sun until you enter the shaded trails at the end."

Final thoughts

"This race for us has become so much more than just the event itself. For many of us, it's become a family event. Some of us bring our children, and even our parents, turning it into a short running vacation. We even include those friends who can't make it each year in our own version of Flat Stanleys pinned to our race bibs. This year, we had Flat Kathy, Lauren, Lisa and Cara."

Next year's date

April 18-19, 2015

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