About a month before I was set to head to the Outer Banks, a coworker mentioned a dunes race that he and his brother were signing up for. I thought nothing of it, but it piqued my curiosity as I was driving to the Outer Banks on the 3rd of July and thought maybe I would be down there for it. So, I went online and found the Killer Dunes 2-Mile Footrace sponsored by the Outer Banks Running Club. I asked around my fellow house dwellers to see if anyone else was interested, but I was the only crazy one of the bunch (go figure!). I waited a little too long and was waitlisted as number 23 and waited to see if I would make it in. Sure enough, just a few days before the race, I was in and paying my fee.
The race was held Monday, July 5th at 9a. I arrived at 7:30a after a 45 minute drive from the house and was ready to go. But, I had to be patient and wait until 9a. Shortly before the race start I found my coworker and his brother, and before we knew it, we were off.
The race was probably the most fun I've had running in a while (then again, I haven't been running in a while). The dunes were challenging and made you question your judgment. I experienced some great camaraderie with someone cheering me on because she and I had already passed each other a few times and she told me to basically "get a move on" and pass her again. The water station was slow and that was my downfall (I should have carried my own water).
In the end, I'm crazy enough to do it again next year if I'm there.
Top female - 15:07
My time - 25:39 (5/15 in my age group, 153/235 overall)
That's my best AG finish so far and I'm proud of that performance. I should probably find a few more hills to train on beforehand next year...
One Month Done
6 years ago