The Outer Banks Marathon is at sea level and the point-to-point course is almost completely flat. There are two points of course elevation. The first is in Nags Head Woods Preserve around mile 12 of the marathon course. The second is crossing the 35 foot tall Washington-Baum Bridge leading to Roanoke Island at mile 23. The bridge is tall (stats: 1.05 mi long, 82' high, with a 650' climb to the top at a 4% grade).
In addition to those two changes in elevation, part of the marathon course is on a trail. The first section from about mile 10 to 12.5 is on a packed dirt road through the maritime forest of Nags Head Nature Preserve. The other section at about 12.5 miles runners leave the Preserve and get back on the road via a narrow, more difficult sandy trail.
The course can be fast, but wind, trail sections and the climb up the Washington-Baum Bridge near the end of the race (approximately mile 23) can be challenging.
The Outer Banks Marathon was the 88th largest marathon in the U.S. in 2013. Ranking for last year will be updated once the results have been posted.
It's Course Score of 99.50 ranks it as the 76th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in North Carolina.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, give the Outer Banks Marathon a PR Score of 99.50. This PR Score ranks it as the 51st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in North Carolina.
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