2019 National Running Day 5k Recap


by Jessie S.

national running day 5k & 1 mile course obx running

Earlier this month on Wednesday, June 5th, running enthusiasts from all over the coast came to Southern Shores, NC to participate in the National Running Day 5k & 1 Mile Road Course Race hosted by The OBX Running Company. This marked another successful National Running Day race on the Outer Banks!

national running day 5k finish line

This event, presented by Seaside Vacations, is a great opportunity for athletes to come together and give it their all in a local 5k and 1 mile race through the picturesque town of Southern Shores. The 5k race course began at the MarketPlace Shopping Center where runners had the option of competing in a 7:30 AM morning race or a 6:30 PM evening race. Runners then went to the light at Chicahauk Trail in Southern Shores where they would turn around and return to the finish line. Runners of the 1 Mile Race turned around at a marker in front of Tropical Smoothie.

2019 national running day 5k & 1mile course

Global Running Day (once known as National Running Day) began in 2009 and has since been celebrated on the first Wednesday in June every year. Participants from all over the world in 177 different countries pledged to participate this year and in North Carolina, dozens of organizations held races across the state, including the race here in Southern Shores. This global event was created in order to help everyone embrace an active, healthy lifestyle and the hashtag #globalrunningday has been featured over 230,000 times on Instagram!


All racers did a fantastic job and completion medals were handed out to each runner who finished the course. Commemorative trophies were also awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers overall. The 1st place male/female Masters (runners over 40) and 1st place male/female Youth (aged 14 and under) also received trophies. Both the morning and evening races awarded winners separately. The overall winners of the 2019 National Running Day event were as follows:

national running day 5k awards

One Mile Course - Morning

1st Overall AM: Bootcamp Bob from Point Harbor, NC with a time of 9:32
2nd Overall AM: Camden Snider from Warrenton, VA with a time of 9:57
3rd Overall AM: Matteo Hughes from Norfolk, VA with a time of 11:00

5K Course - Morning

1st Overall AM: Max Greczyn from Greenway, VA with a time of 17:59
2nd Overall AM: Mike Slaughter from Kill Devil Hills, NC with a time of 19:11
3rd Overall AM: Coltin Fitch from Owasso, OK with a time of 19:14

national running day 5k winners

One Mile Course - Evening

1st Overall PM: Annie Brandt from Naperville, IL with a time of 6:40

5k Course - Evening

1st Overall PM: Alexander Sanchez from Manteo, NC with a time of 22:39
2nd Overall PM: Bricen Williams from Kill Devil Hills, NC with a time of 23:24
3rd Overall PM: Jay Bellamy from Kitty Hawk, NC with a time of 24:18

Congratulations to all of the runners! 
For more photos of the event and the individual winner shots, check out The OBX Running Company's Facebook Page!

national running day winners

Planning to come to the Outer Banks for the next National Running Day 5k or thinking about participating in another race hosted by the OBX Running Company? Whether you're planning an extended weekend or want to come for a full week, we have a home that will meet your needs. Click the button below to find your perfect rental!

Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure. 

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