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Heidi Mayne rises up out of the Whidbey waters as she and others complete a circumnavigation of the island, raising $27,000 for Coupeville teachers and students. (Photos by Morgan White and James Steller)

Getting ready for a run with a view.

The bike gang, hard at work.

Always fuel up before competing.

Attacking the hills and enjoying the new coating recently put down by county crews on the Kettles Trail.

Year three was a rousing success.

A group of Whidbey Island athletes successfully pulled off “Circumnavigate Whidbey 2019” this weekend, raising $27,000 for Coupeville students.

The event, started by James Steller, benefits the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools, which provides support, grants, and scholarships.

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, athletes ran, biked, and swam their way around Whidbey, traveling the complete length of one of the longest islands in the USA.

Andrew Wyman and Neil Rixe took home unofficial honors as iron men, with the former doing all sports and all distances, while the latter hit the bike like he was in the middle of the Tour de France.

“He biked a zillion miles and never lost speed. Superhuman!,” said an impressed Steller, who threw down the equivalent of two half Ironman Triathlons himself this weekend.

Pat O’Hara joined the core group for day one’s activities, while Greg White was in the thick of things on day two.

Also completing full legs (or more) were Grant Steller, Cole White, Jameson O’Hara, Korianne Emerson, Heidi Mayne, and Alysha Emerson Best.

Giving things a true family feel, kids of all ages jumped in to run bits and pieces of the event, making for “a lot of feels.” 

Pulling off a multi-day event required the help of a large, enthusiastic support crew.

Among those who gave up their holiday weekend to make the magic happen were chief planner Karen Price, support drivers Chic Merwine and Terry Welch, photographer to the stars Morgan White, and the indispensable duo of Amber Wyman and Holley Steller.

Shell Puget Sound Refinery, where James Steller works, made a substantial donation to the event, while money also came from a wide variety of others.

“It is not possible without our amazing community,” Steller said.

“I also want to thank the teachers and administrators of Coupeville Schools, who make a difference in our children’s lives every day!,” he added. “You are loved and appreciated and this is the least we can do for you!!!! Till next year!”


For more info on what the Community Foundation does, pop over to:


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This is the third year duffers tee off at the Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament. (Mitch Aparicio photo)

The early bird gets a better deal.

Registration is open for the 3rd annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament, and, if you get your ducks in a row before July 31, you’ll save some big bucks.

Cost is $100 per player until the first cut-off, then increases to $125 between Aug. 1-24, before hopping to $150 between Aug. 25 and the tourney itself, which goes down Sept. 21.

The event, held at the Whidbey Golf Club, benefits the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, and has raised $11,000 through the first two years.

Put on by Penn Cove Brewing Co. owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio, the tourney honors a late Coupeville Middle School student/athlete who courageously battled against Glioblastoma multiforme.

If you’re not a golfer, you can still help remember Bennett and help in the fight against cancer by being a sponsor or donating.

For more info, or to register, sponsor or donate, pop over to:

Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament

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Get your car washed Saturday and help support the basketball dreams of Wolf players like Hannah Davidson. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Do you want to disappoint Chelsea Prescott or Avalon Renninger or, heaven forbid, the captain herself, Scout Smith?

I didn’t think so.

There are a ton of talented players involved in the Coupeville High School girls basketball program, and they need your help as fundraising season rages.

The Wolves will be at People’s Bank (right behind the Coupeville Country Store on S. Main as you come off the highway) Saturday from 9:00-3:00, holding a car wash.

So, it’s a win-win for you.

Get your car lookin’ spiffy.

Help hard-working basketball players.

Keep the circle of life churning.


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Sean LeVine cruises in at the finish of the 2017 Race the Reserve. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Seven weeks until the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Coupeville High School Class of 2020.

The 8th annual Race the Reserve, where runners pound across the prairie in 5K and 10K races, as well as half, full, and relay marathons, goes down Aug. 10.

While you can register all the way up to the morning of the event, if you get your paperwork in order by July 20, you’ll be guaranteed of nabbing a race t-shirt in your size.

Race the Reserve offers runners a unique landscape to explore.

Races begin and end at Coupeville Elementary School, with a chance to traverse both Ebey’s Prairie and Crockett Prairie within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

One of only three historical reserves in the United States, it offers sweeping views of the ocean, mountain, and prairie farmland.

Along the way, you may see Mount Baker, the North Cascades, and the Olympic Mountains, plus marathon runners will ramble through Fort Casey State Park, where World War II-era bunkers and lighthouse are still intact.

The weekend of Race the Reserve is the busiest of the year for Whidbey Island, as the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, featuring 200+ booths, is also held in the downtown area.

Just a short walk from the race finish line, the festival, in its 55th year, offers a wide variety of vendors, in addition to food, activities for children, and a rotating roster of musicians playing for the people.

Race the Reserve, which is put on by the parents of the next year’s graduating class, funds a safe and sober graduation night celebration.

For more info or to get your registration done today, pop over to:


And PS, race organizers are also looking for volunteers to help guide runners and operate water stations. If interested, you can contact them at the same site.

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Multiple ways to support a good cause. (Photo courtesy James Steller)

“Circumnavigate Whidbey” is back, but with a twist.

An annual fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools, it’s headed into its third go-round, with the hope of attracting the most participants yet.

The first two years featured creator James Steller (and later a few friends) circling Whidbey by means of running, bicycling, and swimming.

This time out, they’re offering local athletes a chance to participate in two non-competitive “half-Ironman triathlons,” while tracing the 160-mile perimeter of Whidbey Island.

The event goes down Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).

The first day, athletes launch from Mickey Clark Field (behind Coupeville Elementary School), head South, then work their way back to Coupeville.

Day two will start in the same place, but everyone will head North.

Each day will consist of 13 miles running (split into several legs), a mile swim, and the rest taken up by biking.

Participants will stick together on the journey, regardless of pace.

The event wraps with a community potluck at the end of the second day.

Those who want to help support the Foundation, but not hit the roads and waters, can donate to the cause, as the poster at the top of this article indicates.

The Foundation, which was started in 1977, provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers, helping keep Coupeville education humming along.

For much more info on the foundation, or “Circumnavigate Whidbey,” pop over to:


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