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Coupeville runners (l to r) Beth Dion, Elizabeth Bitting, and Deb Smith celebrate after running Sunday’s Whidbey 1/2 Marathon. (Photo courtesy Smith)

They came, they saw, they ran.

Hundreds of athletes flooded the streets of Oak Harbor Sunday, taking part in the Whidbey 1/2 Marathon.

Dylan Hartono of Lynnwood won the race, covering 13.1 miles in one hour, 12 minutes, 14.2 seconds.

The top female finisher was Lucy Ramquist of Portland, who hit the line in 1:24:35.2.

But what of Coupeville, you ask?

Cow Town had 11 runners involved in the event, or at least 11 runners who listed Coupeville as their place of residence.

Four of those 11 finished in the top five in their respective age groups, led by CHS/CMS cross country guru Elizabeth Bitting, who claimed second-place among female runners 50-54.

Deb Smith (4th in 45-49), Abby Jermasek (5th in 30-34), and Kelly Ojala (5th in 45-49) also had strong finishes.

If you want to see every runner, pop over to The Whidbey 1/2 Results (runsignup.com).


For those who just want to see Coupeville names:

Abby Jermasek (67th) 1:55:12.21
Stig Carlson (84th) 2:00:13.09
Kelly Ojala
(85th) 2:00:14.09
Elizabeth Bitting
(96th) 2:01:44.84
Deb Smith
(116th) 2:04:52.61
Michael Schwab
(121st) 2:06:17.75
Beth Dion
(156th) 2:12:49.35
Jonathan Beard
(187th) 2:20:41.15
Pat Hernandez
(333rd) 3:25:02.70
Dana Reed (338th) 3:30:52.11
Sara Maher
(349th) 3:44:27.94

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Bree Daigneault, back in her hard-rockin’ CHS days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You never know what you’re going to find on the internet.

Today’s unearthed nugget o’ goodness is a documentary put together by Coupeville grad Bree Daigneault, focusing on her journey to run the length of Whidbey Island.

There’s some laughs, some drama, a few tears, and a lot of pickle juice as the former Wolf soccer and tennis star heads off on her trek.



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The one on the far right is from Coupeville. The other two just wish they were. (Photo property U.S. Marine Corps)

Never stop winning.

Kyle King, a five-time state track and field champion back in his Coupeville High School days, continues to haul in awards out in the real world.

The 2008 CHS grad has been selected as the United State Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2020.

First Lieutenant Mackenzie Margroum and Captain Toni Paruso, who are both swimmers, share the Female Athlete of the Year.

The award honors active duty Marines who “demonstrate the best that the Corps has to offer both in sport and the embodiment of Marine Corps values.”

King is an Artillery Officer currently serving as an Inspector-Instructor in 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, based out of Colorado.

A member of the All-Marine Running Team since 2015, the former Wolf supernova has piled up the accomplishments in recent years.

He finished 8th in the marathon at the most-recent Military World Games in China, claimed 16th at the USATF Cross Country Championships, and competed in the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Back in his Coupeville days, the middle of Randy and Laurie King’s three children — following Brianne and preceding Tyler — was one of the finest athletes to ever pull on the red and black.

During his days on Whidbey, Kyle won state titles in the 3200 three straight years (2006-2008), added the 1600 crown in 2007, and ran a leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay unit in 2006.

He still holds the school record in the 3200 and 4 x 400 (with some help from Steven McDonald, Chris Hutchinson, and Jon Chittim).

After graduation, King ran as an NCAA D-I scholarship athlete at two schools – Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

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Get your running shoes ready.

There’s a new race coming to town, with the announcement of the inaugural edition of The Whidbey 1/2, a half marathon set for Sunday, April 25 in Oak Harbor.

This is NOT a replacement for the annual Whidbey Island Marathon, which is scheduled to return Sept. 12.

Instead it’s a completely brand-new event aimed at giving runners, be they locals or tourists, a chance to race in an impeccable environment.

The Whidbey 1/2 will have a course which winds through the western side of Whidbey Island, taking runners “along rural roads, picturesque scenery, and quiet farmland, while taking in views of the Olympic Mountains as you run side by side with the Pacific Ocean.”

Capacity is limited to 600 runners and registration is open now.

Cost is $60 through Feb. 28, or you can register for a virtual event at $65 through the day of the race.

Along with the runner’s high and scenic views, all participants will receive a variety of swag including a long sleeve Whidbey 1/2 running top.

You’ll also nab a stained glass finisher medal, a beanie, and a commemorative bib and timing chip.


For more info and to register, pop over to:

The Whidbey 1/2 (runsignup.com)

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Lincoln Kelley is ready for a socially-distanced half marathon. (Photo courtesy Shawna Kelley)

They made it work, and it paid off.

Despite not being allowed to hold an in-person event, thanks to the ongoing pandemic, the parents behind the annual Race the Reserve fundraiser still brought their race home.

Switching to a virtual format, organizers were able to raise $9,500 after expenses.

That money will go towards a safe, alcohol and drug free graduation party for the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 next spring.

Race the Reserve, which normally happens in August, brings runners to Ebey’s Prairie, where they can choose between competing in a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.

While runners competed on their own this time, they were still gifted a race bib, T-shirt, medal, and swag bag as in years past.

In addition to the $9,500, Race the Reserve also raised money for a scholarship.

The details and dollar amount of that award will be announced later this month, said race organizer Deb Smith.

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