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Flying Pirate Half Marathon & First Flight 5K

April 21 - 23, 2017
The Race Guide is Here!

Looking for your Bib #? CLICK HERE


Outer Banks Pirates are a hardy group! However, we know that a safe race is a fun race. Our weather watchers are monitoring the weekend for stormy skies and all notifications will be posted to our Flying Pirate Half Marathon website (right here) and our social media sites, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Please try not to call the office, because we are out on the course prepping for the race.
Currently the race is on for Saturday and Sunday!
  • Clouds we race.

  • Rain we race – bring a poncho or a trash bag.

  • Thunder and lightning…the start may be delayed by 30 minutes. Up to 1.5 hour limit before a decision is made.

  • Flying Pirate weekend will not be rescheduled. Look for a follow up email from OBSE after race  weekend.


  • 2 Day Jolly Roger Pirate Expo
  • First Flight 5K - Event Shirt & Custom First Flight 5K Finisher Medal!
  • Free parking 
  • Free shuttle service & bag check for 13.1
  • PACERS! 1:45  2:00  2:25  2:30
  • Free runner beer & food at the Pirate Jamboree Finish Line.
    (All scallywags are invited!)
  • Shake yer booty with live music at the Pirate Jamboree Finish!
  • 13.1 SWAG is awesome this year! Pick it up at the EXPO!
  • And the amazing Flying Pirate Event Shirt & Medal
  • Brave Double Dare Challengers will earn the 5K shirt & medal, the Half Marathon shirt & medal & swag
    Yo! Thats 2 Shirts and 3 Medals!
    Guaranteed to impress your crew with this bling!

Costume Contest Matey!

Get your Pirate gear on and win!  Get creative, funny and/or fancy!
Enthusiasm Counts! Show your stuff at a special Mile Marker judging spot.Prizes will be awarded at the Post Race Jamboree. Win a free entry to 2018! Yo Ho HO!

Double Dare Challenge Awards for Overall Top Male Finisher and Top Female Finisher!

Run the 5K on Saturday and the 13.1 on Sunday! YOU CAN DO IT!

A fun filled Pirate themed Half Marathon! Happening on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina! Run the Half Marathon 13.1 miles and cover some spectacular ground. Join the Outer Banks pirates for this fantastic race. Begin in Kitty Hawk and follow the course into Nags Head along the Albemarle Sound, arount the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and through nags Head Woods Maritime Forest. Finish with a Pirate Jamboree in Nags Head!


The Flying Pirate is a super race-beautiful course, wonderful management and great volunteers. But the thing that really sets it apart is the way the community embraces the event. A couple passing out champagne shots, the hopscotch course, the random Deejays inspiring us with Michael Jackson jams & Eye of the Tiger riffs from their front porches. And the infinite supply of hand clappers & cowbells motivating runners from mile 1 to mile 13. Running can be a meditative, solitary experience, but when you're working to take it to the next level-a PR, a new distance, not being last in your age group-cheerleaders can make all the difference. The Flying Pirate race captures why people run from the community of runners to the #obxcommunity letting us run on their home turf. It's a celebration of all running can be and proof positive that the best runs are not about the race but the journey. 

News & Updates: 

January 2017 Flying Pirate Newsletter
March 2016 Flying Pirate Newsletter
February 2016 Flying Pirate Newsletter

Flying Pirate Half Marathon makes
Runner's World Bucket List

View the 2015 Flying Pirate Half Marathon Video Here!