There’s nothing like the holiday season on Hatteras Island, North Carolina. Located on one of the most pristine barrier islands in the Carolinas, cutting through between the majestic Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Pamlico Sound. Offering a bit of the Outer Banks as they were in a time past, here you’ll find stunning beaches, local charm, and plenty of southern hospitality. In fact, there’s no better time to visit Hatteras Island than during the fall and winter months! It’s an ideal holiday destination, one where you can sit back and relax in a gorgeous beach home, waking up to morning walks as the sun rises over the Atlantic, and taking advantage of the seasonal chill in the air by cuddling up by the fire with a beverage and a good book.
Another great thing about a visit to Hatteras Island for the holidays is the holiday events! From Halloween to Christmas, you’ll always find something to do during the holidays on Hatteras Island—and Thanksgiving brings quite a few fun events of its own! This Thanksgiving you’ll be able to find a myriad of local events, but none as delightful as the Surfin’ Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run in Hatteras. A classic event that has been happening locally for over a decade, we know it’s the holiday season once this time of year rolls around. The best part is that this event can be enjoyed by holiday vacationers to Hatteras Island—read on to learn more about this fun-filled holiday event on Hatteras Island!
Surfin’ Turkey 5k Returns for 2022
This beloved local event returns for its 11th year in 2022, making it a tried-and-true staple of the holiday season here on Hatteras Island. Unlike your typical 5k pathways through the crowded streets of a city, our 5k travels through our historic fishing village, where beauty awaits you at every turn. It’s one of the most stunning 5k locations in the country! As a family-friendly event, this race isn’t timed and instead is put on for a good cause. Runners that travel at a slower pace, and walkers, are all welcome! You won’t have to worry about your hydration, as water is provided along the course. Offering family fun for all, this no-pressure race is all about enjoying the journey for a great cause.
Take it Easy with the Puppy Drum Fun Run
There’s an even better option out there if you’d like to support the event but don’t want to run the full 5k! The Puppy Drum Fun Run is only half a mile and is free to register for. Your free registration in the fun run offers access to the post-run breakfast. Perfect for both kids and adults, it’s a great way to still participate in the event—if you’d like to help the cause even further, you can bring two or more canned items to donate to the food pantry!
Support a Local Cause by Joining the Race
The race is hosted by the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund, and the proceeds from this charitable event will go to supporting the children of Hatteras. Through additional funding and educational opportunities, the fund aims to enrich the lives of the local children on Hatteras Island. As a supporter of the race, runners will get a goody bag that includes a free t-shirt, as well as an invite to the post-race breakfast, which offers fresh pancakes and a beer from our treasured Carolina Brewery (21 and older!). Race bags also include freebies and offers from local businesses, so you’re getting back something for supporting Hatteras Island!
Sign Up for This Year’s Surfin’ Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run
Luckily it’s fairly easy to sign up for the Surfin’ Turkey 5k, making it easy to enroll whether you’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor! The sign-up starts at a lower price, then increases after October 31st on Halloween. For this year, the price goes up to $45 after Halloween and started at $30 before Halloween. Enrolling on the race’s website is easy, and you’ll be registered for the run in no time! If running isn’t your favorite thing, you can participate in the Puppy Drum Fun Run for free, and then enjoy the day as you cheer on the rest of the runners continuing to the 5k. For a good cause, this fun-filled Hatteras Island holiday event is not to be missed!
Your Visit to the Hatteras Island Awaits
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