The Outer Banks is home to many races hosted throughout the year from 5K to full triathlons. There are races for every skill level and member of the family. Most races are held on an annual basis.
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The race events below are held each year on the Outer Banks.
June 2-3, 2023
Swim-Bike-Run! The Outer Banks Triathlon starts with a swim in the Croatan Sound on Roanoke Island, Manteo. Two days of multi-sport racing including 3 distances. Aquabike options too!
October 7-10, 2023
Join us for the 13th Annual HICF Positively Pink 5K in Avon, NC! Run, walk or just join in the fun festivities while we support our neighbors on Hatteras Island who are battling cancer. The 3.1 mile course takes you through scenic Kinnakeet Shores. Participants are encouraged to wear pink in support of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
November 10-12, 2023
The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon, winding its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is like no other Outer Banks race. Running from Kitty Hawk to Manteo, participants will experience the neighborhoods of the Outer Banks, the maritime forest of the Nags Head Woods Preserve, cross the Roanoke Sound via The Washington Baum Bridge and end in historic downtown Manteo.
November 22, 2023
Kill Devil Hills
Get your Thanksgiving off to a fun and active start with this event that combines a little fitness with a world of exceptional brews. The Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile is a great Wednesday precursor to the Thanksgiving Day feast, and it entails a drink-and-run course that beer lovers and runners alike will enjoy to the fullest.
November 24, 2023
Get your Turkey Day celebration off to a fun and fast-paced start with this annual event that is quickly becoming a highlight of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Run is presented by the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF), and is a great opportunity to support a favorite local cause while enjoying miles of fun in the heart of Hatteras village.
March 18, 2023
Kill Devil Hills
Come get lucky and join Outer Banks Sporting Events for the annual Running of the Leprechauns, as we kick off our season with this festive 5K & 10K. Finishers medal and shirt for all. Start chasing the rainbow at Satterfield Soccer Complex in Nags Head! The 10K route includes portions of gravel trail (approx. 2 miles) and is a loop. The 5K is all on the road and is an out-and-back course.
April 21-23, 2023
Run with the ghosts of the Wright Brothers as you meander the Memorial Trail on the edge of the picturesque Albemarle Sound. Sea oats, herons, egrets, and sound views create a relaxing start to your 13.1-mile-long journey. Saturday events include The First Flight 5K and Fun Run.
The race events below are held each year on the Outer Banks throughout the summer season.
May 24-September 13, 2023
Lace-up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation by joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. The WhaleHead Club, Corolla Light, and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. Unique finisher medals and t-shirts to all participants. Race Start/Finish in front of the Historic Mansion at The Whalehead Club in Corolla.