Close to 500 runners participated in the 2018 5k/10k Scallywag foot race on Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

WOVV, Ocracoke Community Radio, in conjunction with its partners, the Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters and Ocracoke Community Park, is gearing up for the annual spring running event on Ocracoke–The Scallywag 5/10k Foot Race and the Blackbeard Half Marathon on April 27 and 28. 

Race information for both runners and sponsors is posted on the website

Runners will gather at the starting line on Irvin Garrish Highway in front of the host sponsor, Gaffer’s Restaurant, for the 8 a.m. 5K/10K start time on Saturday, and 7 a.m. Sunday for the half-marathon. 

Gaffer’s will host the after-parties for the runners both days, featuring beer from 1718 Brewing Ocracoke, food provided by Gaffer’s and music from DJ Tommy Hutcherson.  All are invited to attend.

This event is the result of a huge cooperative effort involving the financial support of multiple sponsors on and off island, the National Park Service, the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department and numerous generous volunteers before, during and after the race weekend. 

The event brings hundreds of runners, their families and friends to the island in the “shoulder season,” filling hotels, cottages, restaurants and shops with visitors. 

Proceeds from the race are directly supportive of the hosting non-profits who service many on the island.

Since the beginning of the race, WOVV has dispersed more than $200,000 to the Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters, Community Park, Ocracoke Child Care and WOVV to support the various activities of these valuable community non-profits and their work. 

Without these funds, these organizations would certainly be limited in their scope and effectiveness. 

WOVV thanks all of our sponsors, volunteers, race committee members and the many runners who support this event with their time, energy and financial support.

Photo: P. Vankevich
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