Monday, October 6, 2014

The Outer Banks of NC...and Ultrarunning

The bride and I and the various heirs to our estate have been vacationing every year at the Outer Banks of North Carolina since 1976 (save for a single year that a baby was imminently due and travel was not advised).

When we were just there in Aug 2014, the Bodie Island Lighthouse, a National Park Service site, had been refurbished and was now reopened to the public for tours.

If you are adventuresome, you can walk to the top and get a great 360 degree view:

Or, look down the cool wrought iron spiral staircase that resembles the inside of a seashell:

The link to Ultrarunning is that there actually is a 100 miler along the Outer Banks in the spring, the Graveyard 100.  It's been held the past couple or 3 years, but seems fraught with weather-related difficulties.

The race always appealed to me but it's road rather than trail, and its early spring date (7 March 2015) never suited.  But I can still be intrigued by it....

For those interested in shorter distances, I see a 50K to be held on the Outer Banks on 2 May 2015.  Check out the OBX Ultramarathon here.

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