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As the saying goes “sitting is the new smoking”, so hop on out of that desk chair and sign up for one of the 4 Outer Banks 5K’s taking place this fall!

4 5K’s on the OBX

HUMC Fishy 5K | September 18th, 2021
Kick off Hatteras Village’s Day at The Docks festivities and run the Fishy 5K, sponsored by Midgett Realty! The race will start and end at Hatteras United Methodist Church and loop through historic Hatteras Village.

Costs – Prior to August 28, 2021, the registration fee will be $30.00. After August 28, 2021, the fee will cost $35.00. Registration can also be done weekdays in person at Hatteras United Methodist Church. Call Linda O’Neal at 252-986-2149 for more information.

Packets can be picked up at Hatteras United Methodist Church at the following times: Friday, September 17th from 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm. They can also be picked up the day of the race, but we encourage folks to pick them up beforehand. Registration can occur at both events unless the race is at capacity.

The HUMC Fishy 5K is a non-refundable charity event. Race is rain or shine but will be canceled for safety reasons in the event of severe weather. Slower runners and walkers, as well as those with strollers should start at the back of the corral. Please no pets. In the event of a cancellation, t-shirts will be given to those who registered for the race prior to August 28, 2021. The Fishy 5K will begin at 8 am.
Register here.

18th Annual HICF Virtual 5K | October 8th – 12th, 2021
Their mission? The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island. Founded in December 2000, the group’s primary goal is to raise funds to offer financial support for patients to help them pay for medical costs not reimbursed by insurance and to pay for travel expenses for themselves and their caregivers to medical centers for cancer treatment. To date, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has assisted over 207 islanders with cancer and their families with grants in excess of $1,000,000. HICF also works in conjunction with other cancer resource organizations on the Outer Banks to provide additional services that may be needed. Learn more about HICF’s work, events, and volunteer opportunities here.

Support this local non-profit organization and sign up to run in their annual 5K, which due to Covid, will be held virtually.

Normally held on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend, this year you have the option of running the 5K at any time between 8 a.m. Friday, October 8th and 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 12th. AND, you get to pick where you run the 5K. Run it through your neighborhood, your favorite park, around the track at the local school, or down the beach. If a 5K is a little too far for you, consider the 1-mile Fun Run. It’s left up to you as to when and where with one request – HICF would love for you to share pictures of you participating in this year’s HICF Virtual 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run!!! So put on your most outrageous pink outfit, grab your family members and friends, and pick your course. Snap some pictures and load them up on Facebook and tag the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation!!

The cost of this event is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the 1-mile Fun Run. If you grab some friends, you can all join in for a discounted rate of $30 per person for groups of 4 or more. This price includes this year’s HICF 5K t-shirt, which will be available for local pick-up. Stay tuned for pick-up info. Shipping is also available for t-shirts. Register here.

Dare to Scare 5K | October 23rd, 2021
The fifth annual Dare to Scare 5K & Sweet Treat Fun Run event will be held at the Dare County Center in Manteo on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m.

The starting line for the 5K will be at the Coastal Studies Institute, which is located at 850 North Carolina Highway 345 in Wanchese. The finish line will be at the Dare County Center, which is located at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo. The Fun Run will take place at the Dare County Center.

All 5K participants are encouraged to park at the Dare County Center. Transportation from the Dare County Center to the starting line will be provided until 7:15 a.m. No return trips will be provided after the race.

This event will benefit the annual Dare County Center Toy Drive that takes place every December and benefits over 400 local youth in Dare County. The race is being held in collaboration with the Dare County Center, Coastal Studies Institute, OBX Go Far and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

The Dare to Scare 5K leads runners and walkers on a scenic trail through parts of Wanchese and Manteo. Participants are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best for a chance to win a prize. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three male and top three female race finishers. Pre-race activities will be held at the Coastal Studies Institute for runners and walkers to participate in prior to enjoying the course.

Registration is currently open and will continue through the day of the race, October 23, 2021. Volunteers and sponsors are also needed. For more information, visit herehere or call the Dare County Center at 252-475-9270.

Surfin’ Turkey 5K | November 25th, 2021
This Thanksgiving Day 5K is not a timed race but is instead a family fun event. That being said, slow walkers and runners should start at the back of the corral out of courtesy for those timing their own run.

The cost of registration before November 1, 2021 will be $35 + $3. On and after November 1, 2021 the registration fee will be $40. Onsite registration is $45. All proceeds benefit Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF). A hot pancake breakfast is provided as well as microbrew beer provided by Carolina Brewery for anyone over 21 years of age who would like to enjoy it.

This is non-refundable charity event that will take place rain or shine. That being said, the race will be cancelled for safety reasons in the event of severe inclement weather. Race day parking will be limited onsite, but street parking will be available nearby. Learn more details about the Surfin’ Turkey 5K as well as the Puppy Drum Fun Run here. Register online here.