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Outer Banks Marathon

November 23, 2012

Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!

OBX Marathon


The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!


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Fall on the Outer Banks

October 7, 2012

It’s been a gradual change of seasons with lots of things going on on the Outer Banks. I’ve participated in the Outer Banks Triathlon as a member of a relay team – I did the bike portion: 13.1 miles starting at the Dare County Regional Airport over the old Manns Harbor Bridge and back. The ride out was smooth and the views were spectacular, but when I made the turn at Mashoes Road, I hit a wall of wind and it took everything in me to get back across the bridge.

This weekend marked the First Annual Bluegrass Festival at Festival Park in Manteo. This was a sell-out event. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go, but it’s on my calendar for next year. Check out some great photos on Facebook at

View from the Duck Soundside Boardwalk

Today marked the 6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival, featuring The Rippingtons with Russ Freeman, Paula Atherton, THE FUZZ BAND, and Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen.

Today also marked the final day of the 20th Annual Outer Banks Home Builders Parade of Homes. The homes were selected featuring new designs and many incorporate new technologies, best building practices and ‘green’ features.

There is a plethora of events and activities coming up. My favorite resource for all things is

My favorites include:

  • The Colony Lost & Found 5K and Fun Run, October 13 in Manteo
  •  Outer Banks Seafood Festival, October 20 in Nags Head
  • Trick or Treat Under the Sea, October 24 at the Roanoke Island Aquarium
  • Outer Banks Marathon, including Half Marathon, 8K, 5K, Southern 6 & more, November 9 – 11

It’s a beautiful time of the year to visit the Outer Banks!





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Mark Your Calendar!

August 7, 2012

September 2012

The Outer Banks is known for its pristine beaches and casual atmosphere. . Known for its fishing, sand dunes and lighthouses, you’ll also find the Outer Banks offer a wide variety of activities for the whole family

I want to highlight a couple of major events taking place in September:

Sept. 16 – 22, 2012
Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC

The ESA EASTERNS are the season’s “grand finale” where the best of the best from each national and international district go head to head to declare the overall champions for the year in each division. For more information, visit:











Sept. 22 – 23, 2012
374 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC

The Third Annual OBX Triathlon includes Half, Olympic and Sprint distance races through a unique coastal setting on Roanoke Island. Swim, bike & run – compete individually or as a relay team. For more information, visit:

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Buenos Dias from Iguana Beach!

April 26, 2012

I have tagged along on a surf trip with my husband. It is beautiful here, and remote – on the southwest coast of Nicaragua, about 2 hours drive from the airport in Managua. There’s not much to do here, except surf, fish (if you have the gear, a boat and a guide), play on the Internet, read and run. There aren’t many shells, I was told that was due to the fact that the coral reefs are dead – perhaps from ancient rumblings from nearby volcanoes.

View from our condo










Surf’s up











There are howler monkeys here, they come out at dusk.












According to this video, only the male monkeys howl, and they do so to let other monkeys know that they are here as they are very territorial.

We’ve eaten fresh fish, lobster (small rock lobsters), chayote and tostones (fried plantains) which we prepared ourselves. Tona is the “official” beer of Nicaragua and I found a crisp Chardonnay – Lazo from Chile, which paired very well with the tostones last night.

A couple of two hour flights brought us into Managua from Raleigh via Miami. From there, it was another two hour drive to the coast, the last 30 minutes of which were on a dusty gravel road, which is in the process of being paved.

My inner time clock is still on Outer Banks time. There’s a two hour difference, if 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, it’s 5 a.m. here. But I pretty much get up at dawn and go to sleep at dark.



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2011 – A Year in Photos

December 29, 2011

















Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

Photo by Amanda Mager






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A Thanksgiving List

November 25, 2011
  1. Starting the day with my Boot Camp friends in the Gobbler 5K in Nags Head was great.
  2. Happy birthday wishes to my friends Sharon, Cathy & Shearl.
  3. Cool winds gave way to warm sunshine.
  4. Turkey took forever to cook.
  5. Son’s mashed potatoes were the best I ever ate (secret ingredient parmesan cheese, but not too much).
  6. Son told me about the oysters he and his girlfriend gathered down near the new inlet at Rodanthe, found enough up to feed them for a few days – salty plump oysters, he made oyster stew (he is very talented in the kitchen).
  7. Next time I’m going to slow-cook a turkey in a crock pot with cranberry barbeque sauce.
  8. I am thankful for my family, health, friends, pets and this beautiful community I live.

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OBX Half Marathon. Check.

November 15, 2011

The Outer Banks Marathon and related events happened this past weekend, November 11-13. The weather was perfect, sunny with temperatures in the upper 60’s. This was the first time I have ever participated in a big race, and I’m happy to say that I finished the Half Marathon in a little over 2 hours and 20 minutes. The course was incredible providing views of the Sound, and winding along Nags Head Golf Links, over the bridge to Manteo. I drive to Manteo every day to my office at Marshes Light, but running part of that route gives me a whole new perspective.

There were 1,215 runners in the Marathon and 2,757 runners in the Half, and the oldest runner  was 83 years old! In addition to the Marathon held Sunday, on Saturday there were the Outer Banks 8K starting at the First Flight High School track, the Buccaneer 5K and a Fun Run. It was a great family weekend with something for everyone.

Franco's & daughters at the Finish


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November 10, 2011

Marathon Fever!

Last day of Marathon Training was held this morning. We ran about 5 miles early this morning and witnessed a beautiful (almost) full moon setting over the Sound at Kitty Hawk Bay. Coaches Matt and Jay gave us a pep talk and reviewed what to expect and several things to avoid on race day (i.e., stick to your plan, avoid trying anything new – no new socks!).

We’ve been enjoying lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 60’s. Sunday – race day – is expected to be partly cloudy and temperatures in the mid 60’s.

On Sunday, traffic to Manteo from the beach will be diverted over the bridge to Manns Harbor and back to Manteo via the old Manns Harbor bridge.

For important Marathon information, click here:

To view the course map, click here:

Wish me luck! This is my first ever Half Marathon!


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Outer Banks Forecast: Rainbows and Wind

November 4, 2011
Early morning rainbow, sound-side OBX. 


It was a warm and rather cloudy morning, a little breezy and good conditions for an easy 3 mile run around the neighborhood with my friend Amanda. We headed towards the ocean and saw a patch of blue sky (Carolina Blue, that is) and then followed the road in the opposite direction. There it was, a beautiful crystal clear rainbow.

Lots of people around the Outer Banks also saw it and captured it on film, this photo looks like Colington in Kill Devil Hills.

The weather steadily deteriorated and we’ve been experiencing a coastal storm with spitting rain and northeast winds of about 25 mph.

If you’re thinking of visiting this weekend, here’s what to expect from the weather:

nt_rain Mostly cloudy. Rain likely this evening. A slight chance of rain after midnight. Very windy with lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph and gusty. Chance of rain 70 percent.
partlycloudy Partly cloudy and very windy. Highs around 60. Northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts.
Saturday Night
nt_cloudy Mostly cloudy and windy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph.
partlysunny Partly sunny and breezy. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night
nt_cloudy Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
partlycloudy Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.


Looking forward, especially to the Outer Banks Marathon weekend on November 12-13, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts sunny & cool. The next full moon will be on November 10. I’m thinking of a walk on the beach when the wind calms down – a great time to find shells, beach glass and other treasures, followed by home-made chili or oyster stew! So come on down and discover why so many people love Fall on the Outer Banks!

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Enjoy the Outer Banks this Fall

October 21, 2011


October 22 – Autumn Finale with Brent Heath
12noon-2p.m. Workshop for Adults Autumn Finale with Fall Flowering Bulbs – We’ll guide you through the process of adding interesting, new colors to your garden that will change it from a ‘waning garden’ to a colorful, end of the season gala. For more information contact

October 29 – Harvest Hay Day
Fun, food and festivities; stuff a scarecrow and learn at our discovery stations. Hot cider, pumpkin pie and bonfires are sure to warm your heart. We will also crown Miss Mum and The Chrysanthemum King this year (For children 6 and under.)

October 29 – Harvest Hoedown ~ Diamonds and Denim
Evening Adult Fund Raising Event for the Elizabethan Gardens. Wear your blue jeans with your diamonds and have a good old fashion hoedown with dancing, food and seasonal harvest fun like hay rides and dancing. Enjoy the harvest moon as well as a silent and live auction. Ticket Price $50 per person. Contact


October 27 – Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Popular event! 6 – 8:30 p.m. Ghosts and strange aquatic creatures will greet children as they enjoy this “spooktacular” event. Hosting the event is Count Sharkula who always scares up lots of ghoulish fun. Crazy costume contests, creepy crafts, spine-tingling scream contests and yummy munchies are just a few of the things to howl about. Tickets are limited. (252) 473-3494 or


November 4 – First Friday
Manteo Waterfront. 4– 8 p.m. Historic Inn Tour from 4 – 6 p.m. (tour maps at Dare County Arts Council), Live music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Blue grass to Jazz to Classic Rock ‘n Roll), Boutiques and Restaurants open late, Enjoy family friendly activities, Famous rock climbing wall, Historical interpreters in period costumes and more.

November 4 – 29 Art, Automata and Christmas Clocks by Michael Davis
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. (252) 475-1500 or

November 4 – 30 Nancy Pederson: A Fiber Exhibit (Vault Gallery)
Dare County Arts Council. Opening Reception Friday, 6 pm – 8pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558;

November 5 – South Arts Film Festival – Ahead of Time
7 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The event is sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at For more information call 252-473-5558 or visit

November 12 -Outer Banks Jewelry Expo
Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Local and regional designers showcase a wide variety of their jewelry and metal work in this expo. Demonstrations included. (252) 475-1500 or


November 12 – Outer Banks 8K, Buccaneer 5K & Fun Run
The Outer Banks 8K is an out-and-back course which will start in Kill Devil Hills at the First Flight High School track (in front of the grandstand), continue through Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest and finish at the track. The course is partly on a dirt road and is walker-friendly.

Buccaneer 5K & Fun Run presented by Kelly Hospitality Group
An out-and-back course (part of the Outer Banks 8K course), which begins at First Flight High School (FFHS) track in Kill Devil Hills, enters and returns along Old Nags Head Woods Road, and finishes at FFHS.

November 13 – Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon
The marathon starts in Kitty Hawk, the half marathon will begin in Nags Head, near the largest sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and both cross the beautiful Washington-Baum Bridge and finish on Roanoke Island. or register online at

November 24 – Annual Outer Banks Gobbler 5K and Little Giblet Fun Run
8 a.m. Run, walk, stroll through the picturesque Village of Nags Head and enjoy views of the Roanoke Sound! Post Race Feast! Pumpkin Cheesecake to the Overall Finisher who gets bragging rights at the 2011 Outer Banks Gobbler! Presented by the Outer Banks Running Club. Register at


November 19 – 14th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo
Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. A fishing tournament sponsored by the Manteo Rotary. (252) 473-6644 or

For more fishing information, check out

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Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to the Coast” Fall Ride

October 8, 2011

There were over 850 cyclists registered for the 2011 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” October 1 to October 8; and they arrived in Manteo yesterday afternoon. It was a beautiful, sunny day for their ride from Plymouth, 80 miles inland.

Photo by Wayne Whitley

Working with Cycle NC event organizers, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, College of the Albemarle, Town of Manteo, and the Marshes Light community, we gave them a warm and exciting welcome. Shuttle service provided transportation to area hotels and restaurants. A good number of cyclists camped on COA property and walked over to Manteo on the sound-side boardwalk, a short walk to First Friday with live music, food, wine, and other festivities.

They leave Manteo on Saturday and ride to Corolla, 61 miles, along the Beach Road for the last leg of the trip.

For more information about Cycle North Carolina and future rides, click here.

Directions to downtown

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Run, Swim, Surf, Fish, Bike the Outer Banks

September 12, 2011

The Outer Banks has been a mecca for physical activity ever since the surfboard was first introduced to the natives. Over the years, due to the demand in current trends of recreation, tennis courts, golf courses, health clubs and bike paths have added to the Outer Banks environment.

With a mild Fall and Spring season and a beautiful coastal setting, the Outer Banks is the perfect destination to host a variety of events and competitions. Coming up this Fall (with links for more information) are:

  • Outer Banks Triathlon, September 10-11, Manteo
  • 2nd Annual Get Pumped for Pink 10K, September 24, 2011 8 a.m.
  • 2011 Easterns® — Grand Finals Surfing Competition, September 18 – Saturday September 24th Jennette’s Pier (mile post 16.5) in Nags Head
  • Mountains to the Coast” Fall Ride, Saturday, October 1 to Saturday, October 8. The ride will begin in Elkin, NC and end at Heritage Park in Corolla, with final lay-over on Friday, October 7, at the campus of COA in Manteo.
  • First Friday Festival, downtown Manteo, October 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
  • 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament Super Slam – October 14 – 16
  • Outer Banks Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K, 5K & Fun Runs, Weekend of November 11-13.
  • Photo by Rev. Jay Bowman

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    Outer Banks Boot Camps 2011- Summer Session Round Up

    August 16, 2011

    I’ve spent the past 18 weeks participating in the Outer Banks Boot Camp. It consisted of three 6-week sessions, meeting twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 a.m., and an “optional” run on Sunday mornings at 6:30. With the exception of one Sunday, I didn’t miss a single day.

    Boot camp morning, Kitty Hawk beach

    Personally, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done; I lost 10 pounds and dropped my cholesterol level by just over 50 points. I have gained muscle, reduced flab and have increased energy levels. My clothes fit better, and quite a few things are now too big. My confidence has grown and I feel I am part of a very special group of like-minded people. The encouragement from my friends and the rousing threats from the coaches helped me overcome my fears of failure, embarrassment and weakness.

    One day during the first session we ran through side streets to the Avalon Pier, stopping along the way at every STOP sign for 10 push-ups before continuing down to the next STOP sign. I was the last in the group, and I was puffing, panting and really struggling.

    The faster ones in the group – the ones who had already completed this run – came back to get me! They were cheering me on and running with me. They lifted me up and I was able to gather the strength to finish. Fast forward 14 weeks, same route, same run with push-ups and I was in the lead group. This time I was one of the ones who went back to “get” someone. We flanked her side-by-side and together we ran to the end. That’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment!

    Friends who inspired me along the way:

    Coaches Matt Costa and Jay Bowman
    Car pool boot camp buddies, Dee, Joan & Jessie
    Squad leader Wes
    Joy, Lorena, Laura, Christine, Paul, Beverly, Margaret, Bonnie, Sheila, Kim, Mike , Regina, Dana, Justine, Diane and so many more.

    Coach Matt Costa

    There’s a one-week session starting Monday, August 22, and another six-week session starting September 6. For more information, click here.

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