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Lucy Sandahl flies down the backstretch Saturday while running the 10K at Race the Reserve. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fellow CHS senior Gavin Knoblich dodges raindrops while pulling in volunteer hours.

The runners surge from the starting gate.

Sophie Sandahl cruises by.

Emma Somes protects her noggin from the liquid sunshine.

Michael Sandahl hands out awards (and smiles).

Mary Conlisk zips across the same track brother Danny competed on during his high school days.

Nikolai Lyngra hits the jets as the finish line beckons.

Wolf volleyball superstars Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Emma Mathusek spend some quality time together.

Back on the Island and back at work.

After spending a chunk of time bouncing around America in an RV, searching for inner truth and such, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken returned to Coupeville Saturday morning.

Calling him like a siren song was the 2019 edition of the annual Race the Reserve, a five-race event which raises money for the next graduating class from Coupeville High School.

Dealing with a sudden onslaught of liquid sunshine in the early morning hours, Fisken kept the camera hummin’, and the pics seen above are a taste of what he shot.

To marinate in everything he captured (and possibly purchase some glossies), pop over to:


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Former Wolf soccer/tennis star William Nelson had the best finish Saturday of any Coupeville resident, claiming 3rd in the 5K at Race the Reserve. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Aidan Wilson comes in hot in the 5K, finishing a slot behind Nelson.

CHS track coach Lincoln Kelley wraps up his run in the half marathon.

They endured.

Despite a nice burst of summer rain Saturday, the annual Race the Reserve drew a fair amount of runners to Whidbey Island.

The event, which is the biggest fundraiser for the Coupeville High School Class of 2020, featured five events – a marathon, half marathon, 5K, 10K, and a marathon relay.

Runners pounded across the pavement and prairie, traveling through Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, with cloudy views of nearby mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca along the way.

Mixed in among the participants were Coupeville athletes, and they, by virtue of their hometown, get their name on the internet today.

From Sherman Oaks or Coronado? Good on you, but this blog is called Coupeville Sports, so it is what it is.


Runners who listed Coupeville as their home town:





Marathon Relay:

Coupeville XC 1.1 — Jack Porter, George Spear, Ayden Wyman, Hank Milnes, Johnny Porter — (2nd) 3:54:36.4

Coupeville XC 1.0 — Andrew Williams, Hayden Harry, Tate Wyman, Cole White, Chase Anderson, Aiden O’Neill — (4th) 4:17:35.8


Half Marathon:

Michael Linder (22nd) 1:58:50.7
Christina Jump (27th) 2:02:35.5
Lark Gustafson (41st) 2:13:32.1
Neil Anthony (59th) 2:35:16.4
Lincoln Kelley (72nd) 3:03:00.4



Todd Wentworth (7th) 52:40.4
Lucy Sandahl (14th) 1:01:21.6
Alison Perera (15th) 1:01:46.3
Sophie Sandahl (21st) 1:05:07.8
Lori Callahan (32nd) 1:13:10.4
David Ford (38th) 1:17:05.1
Stephanie Cantu (48th) 1:32:28.1
Sarah Meyer (49th) 1:37:00.2
Abbie Martin (50th) 1:37:00.3
Everett Winsberg (56th) 1:44:11.5
Kathryn Rickner (57th) 1:46:24.9
Elizabeth Florkowski (58th) 1:46:24.5
Gaye Rodriguey (61st) 1:58:52.1
Connie Lippo (65th) 2:01:13.3



William Nelson (3rd) 21:30.5
Aidan Wilson (4th) 22:37.4
Danny Conlisk (6th) 25:33.5
C. Wilson (20th) 29:52.0
Susan Marchese (31st) 32:48.6
Kenneth Conlisk (34th) 33:24.3
Dianna Wells (42nd) 35:38.6
Debbie Thompson (54th) 40:36.1
Mary Conlisk (56th) 41:36.1
Catherine Wilson (62nd) 48:51.0
Casara Elliff (63rd) 48:57.1
Sheila O’Rourke (71st) 52:07.1

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Coupeville brothers Kyle (left) and Tyler King both ran at the Eugene Marathon in April. Now Kyle is headed to the USA Olympic Team Trials. (Photo courtesy Tyler King)

Right on time.

A century after Coupeville native Eldon Jenne pole vaulted at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Cow Town has a second athlete in the mix.

This time around it’s Kyle King, who is pursuing a spot on the USA men’s marathon team which will compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The 2008 Coupeville High School grad punched his ticket to the Olympic Team Trials, which will be held Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta.

The top three finishers there comprise the USA team, with the fourth and fifth-place finishers designated as alternates.

The Tokyo Olympics are July 24-Aug. 9, with the men’s marathon set for the final day of competition.

King qualified for the Team USA trials with his performance at the Eugene Marathon April 28, where he finished in two hours, 18.04 seconds.

He’s one of 181 male runners who have hit a qualifying time – 2:19 in a marathon or 1:04 in a half marathon.

The pack is currently led by Galen Rupp, who ran a 2:06.07 at the Prague Marathon.

Rupp is trying to make his fourth-straight Olympics team, having competed in Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio de Janeiro (2016).

He claimed a silver medal in the 10,000 meters at London and a bronze in the marathon in Rio.

King is a busy guy these days on multiple fronts.

He’s a Captain in the Marine Corps and is currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

“I’m an inspector-instructor,” King said. “Basically I run a small active duty site support staff for a reserve artillery battery that is stationed here.”

Three days a week he’s up and out on the road at the crack of dawn to train with others in the area who will also be at the Olympic trials.

“Got a pretty cool crew I work with out here,” King said. “No Instagram yet, but we’re starting “The Good Boys” Run Club.

“Group of five of us all training for the trials, all have outside jobs, so we get together and run three days a week at 0545 to workout before work.”

Along with his training, King plans to run in the San Jose Half Marathon Oct. 6, then is off to China for the Armed Forces Summer Games.

He’ll be in Wuhan for two weeks, with the marathon going down Oct. 27.

Then it’s back to training for the biggest race of his already well-distinguished career, a 26.2 mile event which will pit him against the best the USA has to offer.

During his days on Whidbey, King won five state track and field titles, tying him with Natasha Bamberger as the most-decorated athlete in school history.

He won 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.

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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Go for a run tonight and get a new support group. (Photo courtesy David Ford)

Want to get out and run, but don’t want to go alone?

Head out to Coupeville every Wednesday and Saturday and join a new low-stress, high-benefit running club created by David Ford.

There’s no cost for the Coupeville Running Club, and you don’t have to be a record-busting pro to join.

The group will run (or walk) a 5K every Wednesday night at 6 PM (starting today, July 24), with a five-mile run at 7 AM Saturday mornings.

If you want to take part in tonight’s inaugural Wednesday run, everyone is meeting in the Coupeville Elementary School parking lot at 6 S. Main.

The run itself will go north on the Kettles, hook onto Sherman, then follow a set course back to the school, where things will be capped with two laps around the track.

A post-run beer at the Penn Cove Tap Room, where everyone talks about how they could win the Boston Marathon right now, today, is optional.

Runners are encouraged to show up a bit early for the first Wednesday run (Ford will be at the school at 5:30), so groups can be put together based on average running times.

Side note – no headphones (encouraging you to interact with your fellow runners) and no dogs.

For Ford, this is a chance to encourage others, as well as himself.

“This is my effort to bring a subset of our community together to spend some time enjoying each other’s company while pounding the pavement,” he said. “This group will also provide some accountability on my quest to lead a somewhat healthy lifestyle.

“What’s in it for you? Whatever you make of it!”

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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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