Catanese finishes first among men, Haiducek leads women in OBX Marathon

By on November 12, 2023

And the race begins. The start of the 2023 Outer Banks Marathon. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
As the second group of half marathon runner start their race, the line line waiting to begin is still long. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Crossing the Manns Harbor Bridge was one of the most challenging part of the Marathon and Half Marathon. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Andrew Catanese from Palo Alto, California, Marathon winner turned in a very fast 2:34:03.9 time. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Women’s Marathon winner Jennifer Haiducek from Durham ran a 03:09:06.5 race. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Dillon Pope, Kill Devil Hills, took top honors in the Half Marathon finishing in 1:22:03.0. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Women’s Half Marathon winner Macy Bronson of Raleigh approaches the finish line. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
11-year-old Jacob Vanblon from Raleigh, paces his mother, Carrie at the Half Marathon finish line. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Chapman clan From Durham encourages their dad, Reynolds Chapman who finished the Marathon in 3:16:18.9. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Three Half marathon Friends from Pembroke, North Carolina. (LroR) Jessica Scott, Elayna Lockleer, Whitney Collins. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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And the race begins. The start of the 2023 Outer Banks Marathon. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
As the second group of half marathon runner start their race, the line line waiting to begin is still long. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Crossing the Manns Harbor Bridge was one of the most challenging part of the Marathon and Half Marathon. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Andrew Catanese from Palo Alto, California, Marathon winner turned in a very fast 2:34:03.9 time. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Women’s Marathon winner Jennifer Haiducek from Durham ran a 03:09:06.5 race. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Dillon Pope, Kill Devil Hills, took top honors in the Half Marathon finishing in 1:22:03.0. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Women’s Half Marathon winner Macy Bronson of Raleigh approaches the finish line. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
11-year-old Jacob Vanblon from Raleigh, paces his mother, Carrie at the Half Marathon finish line. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Chapman clan From Durham encourages their dad, Reynolds Chapman who finished the Marathon in 3:16:18.9. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Three Half marathon Friends from Pembroke, North Carolina. (LroR) Jessica Scott, Elayna Lockleer, Whitney Collins. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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It was a challenging day for the Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon. With a brisk wind from the northeast and rain showers throughout the race, runners encountered some tough conditions. Not as difficult as the start to last year’s Marathon when a surprising rain squall brought a driving rain and 25 mile per hour winds to the course, but runners said that at least one part of the course was particularly difficult.

The 2023 course took the Half and Full Marathon runners from Fort Raleigh on the north end of Roanoke Island, across the Manns Harbor Bridge and back to Manteo, ending finally at Fort Raleigh. Just under 800 crossed the finish line.

It was the Manns Harbor Bridge that was the most difficult part of the race according to Half Marathon winner Dillon Pope of Kill Devil Hills. “Going out was fine. I didn’t even notice [the wind],” he said. “Coming back, it was like a brick wall.”

For some runners, finishing the race was an emotional triumph to share with friends and fellow runners. As women’s Half Marathon winner Macy Brinson from Raleigh crossed the line, she turned to hug David Kaul of Glen Allen, Virginia who had finished just before here.

If there was a surprise for the day it was the time for Marathon winner Andrew Catanese from Palo Alto, California. His time of 02:34:03.9 averaged out to a 5:52 pace per mile. Steven DeCastro, from Pawcatuck, Connecticut finished second 27 minutes later.

Women’s Marathon winner Jennifer Haiducek from Durham ran a 03:09:06.5 race.

The Outer Banks Marathon is organized by Outer Banks Sporting Events, and Executive Director Debbie Luke was pleased with how the race went. This was the first year the Marathon and Half Marathon crossed the Manns Harbor Bridge and according to her, runners liked the course.

“Nobody complained about the course, which was phenomenal,” she said, adding that when runners don’t like a course, they’ll let her know.

The OBSE works with local nonprofits to support the race, with donation being made to the participating organizations. Luke was particularly pleased with the participation this year.


SEE ALSO: Outer Banks Marathon Weekend kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 11



Comments

  • Equality and Equity 4 all

    Were there any competitors from the LGBTQIA+ community? If so it would be nice if you could include their story and results.

    Sunday, Nov 12 @ 8:26 pm
  • Please go away

    Would the LGB whatever poster shut their mouth and disappear please? I don’t care what you believe in, or anyone else for that matter… But a majority are tired of people like you trying to insert this nonsense into EVERY discussion.

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 7:18 am
  • Denise

    ‘Please go away’ has a point. I don’t recall anyone’s sexual preference mentioned in this article and the majority of people have no interest in knowing yours or anyone else’s. BTW…what is your point?

    Monday, Nov 13 @ 4:05 pm