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in Atlantic Beach, where the southern tip of the Outer Banks meets the Crystal Coast. Teams divide up the race's 36 legs, shuttling runners to their next assignment by vehicle. "They had a blast," he says. The chance to run 200 miles is not something executives typically look for when relocating their companies, but they do seek the conditions that make it possible. "The climate and geography here are worldclass," says Morken, 44, whose family often stays in North Carolina on vacations. The state's culture, mountains, beaches and parks mean there are many attractions to explore. Its great weather makes play a four-season word. Morken — an adventure-sports enthusiast whose team won the 3,000-mile Race Across America bicycle competition — started Bandwidth, which helps businesses fnd and set up Internet service, N ort h C a r ol i N a E CoN om iC D E v E lo p m E N t Gu i D E 53

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