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Flying Pirate Half Marathon Course

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon, winding its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is like no other. Come run with us and cover some spectacular ground! After finishing the Flying Pirate, you will have run one of the most beautiful parts of the East Coast – literally! Don’t take our word for it – come see for yourself.
The Flying Pirate course is the first half of the Outer Banks Marathon course. Click here to see a "live" version of the Outer Banks Marathon course, which shows the first half of the FP course (minus the Finish). The Live Google Map was created by runner, Thea Ganoe...thanks, Thea!

Sunday April 23rd, 2017

7am Start - 5300 The Woods Road, Kitty Hawk NC

Pacers | Gu gels on the course | Splits at 5K & 10K
Costume Contest judges at Mile #9!

Start Time: 7:00 AM
Course time limit:  4 hours - This course requires you to average an 18 minute mile pace to finish before course cut off. (Sweeper)
Mandatory wave start - placed by estimated finish time from your registration information.
Race will have PACERS at : 1:45  2:00  2:15  2:30
Look for them at the Start and jump in. Pacer's representatives will be at the Jolly Roger Pirate Expo to answer your questions!

                MILE PACE          % of Participants

                < 8:00                    6%

                8:00-10:00           35%

                10:00-12:00         33%

                12:00-14:00         16%

                14:00-18:00         10% (Walker and Walk/Joggers)

1st wave for elites and competitors.
All participants must start in their assigned corrals.
Runner Cap: 3000

Entry Fees: See Registration page - If event is not at capacity limited registrations will be available at the Flying Pirate Expo. Event. There is no on site registration on Sunday. Event shirt is not guaranteed for late registrations. Available shirts will be in limited quanities and sizes at the retail area at the post race party.

Course:  MAP  
Varied terrain (pavement, dirt road, mulch on trail and sand along the trail- See Course Description below)

NOTE: The Outer Banks is at sea level and the point-to-point course is mainly flat. There is one point of course elevation, within the Nags Head Woods Preserve, trail run with off road conditions, around mile 12.

Course Description: Begin your journey in historic Kitty Hawk, home to the birth of aviation. This part of the course is flat, but don’t run so fast that you miss the incredible Outer Banks scenery.

After just a few miles you’ll be greeted by the real Outer Banks – the people who make up this warm, close-knit community. Feel the energy boost as they applaud your run down residential Bay Drive.

At mile 8 you’ll run along the base of the famous Wright Brothers Monument, marking the location of the first flight that took place on December 17, 1903. Look up and you are sure to see planes flying overhead. You’ll be running where flight began!

Just two miles down the road, yet another surprise is in store. Around mile 10, you’ll enter the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve. This lush maritime forest will amaze you with its understated beauty. All the beauty of trail running, along a mulched, dirt road.

No one said this was going to be easy. At about mile 12, you’ll leave Nags Head Woods on a narrow trail with off-road conditions. Mulch/Sand/Dirt.

NOTE:  Here is the final course elevation before crossing the Finish line.

Take in the beauty of this awesome maritme forest and give yourself a pat on the back...you made it! Now it's party time!!

Mile 13