On Saturday, March 9th, runners set out to conquer 100 miles of Outer Banks terrain from Corolla to Hatteras village without knowing which 100 miles they would traverse. Due to strong storms earlier in the week, causing NC Hwy 12 to close intermittently for days, the 100-miler turned into an out-and-back course 4 hours after the start of the race due to road conditions south of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. Runners ran up to the bridge then headed back to Corolla in 15-20 mph headwinds, where after passing the finish line they had to run 2 additional miles out the beachfront and back to complete the course.
The first place seat goes to Valmir Nunes of Ebensburg, PA who finished in 13 hours, 48 minutes, and 34 seconds! Can we say AMAZING?!?! Connie Gardner of Medina, OH represented the ladies with a stong 15 hour, 33 minutes, 12 second finish! Congrats, Connie! Male 100k Champion Trevor Hall finished in 13 hours and 15 minutes! With the goal of the race being, “To make the most difficult race possible out of seemingly easy terrain,” we are elated that so many runners participated and were up for the challenge!
We are very proud of all of our runners this year, especially Danielle Ranno, the only Hatteras Island resident to participate in the race! Danielle finished in 24 hours, 57 minutes, and 19 seconds. Way to go, Danielle!!!
For Graveyard 100 inspiration, check out this year’s photo gallery and race results. Start training for for next year’s race which will take place on March 8th, 2014! “Will the Graveyard sink YOU?”