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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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Deb Smith is working overtime to make a virtual edition of Race the Reserve a reality. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Deb Smith is so nice, she’s giving you extra time.

The force of nature Wolf mom behind this year’s Race the Reserve has stretched the deadline for registration until 11:59 PM, Sunday, Oct. 11.

The popular running event, which normally offers a marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K, all stretched across Ebey’s Prairie, will be a virtual event this time.

With an ongoing pandemic, organizers were unable to get permits for an in-person race.

Race the Reserve is the biggest fundraiser for Coupeville’s Class of 2021, though, so Smith and Co. are plowing ahead as best as possible.

Step up and pay your $45 to be an official participant in this once-in-a-lifetime (we hope) virtual event, and you’ll still get a race bib, T-shirt, medal, and swag bag as in years past.

All proceeds go towards a safe, drug and alcohol-free graduation night party next spring.

 

To register, pop over to:

https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Coupeville/RacetheReserve

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The race must go on. Just not in person.

With the ongoing pandemic, Race the Reserve, the biggest fundraiser for Coupeville High School’s graduating class, has shifted to being a virtual event this year.

You pick a route (5K, 10K, half or full marathon), pay $45, and you’ll still get a bib, T-shirt, medal, and swag bag.

All proceeds go towards a safe, drug and alcohol-free graduation night party for the CHS Class of 2021 next spring, and you still have a week left to register.

The cut-off is Oct. 10, so get movin’.

 

For more info and/or to sign up, pop over to:

https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Coupeville/RacetheReserve

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Race the Reserve is moving from summer to fall.

The running event, which operates as a fundraiser for the next graduating class at Coupeville High School, has been bumped from August 8 to October 11.

The decision, which was announced Friday, came after Washington state Governor Jay Inslee issued new directives in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under those orders, there are four phases for how the state will be reopened.

Gatherings of 50+ people and large sporting events, both of which describe Race the Reserve, are part of the final phase.

When it is held, the event offers runners a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and marathon relay.

Proceeds will go to fund a safe and sober graduation night celebration for the CHS Class of 2021.

Race organizers understand the date change may not work for some, and that there may still be concern about participating in group activities, even at a later date.

They are offering additional options to those who have registered, if they choose not to participate in the live event.

Runners can transfer to a virtual event, and will still receive a medal and shirt, as well as a refund covering the financial difference between the live and virtual races.

Information on the virtual event is being worked on, and will be updated soon.

If runners choose not to participate in either event, their entry fees will be fully refunded.

Race organizers are also working on new guidelines for the start/finish line and aid stations to ensure further safety precautions are in place.

For more info contact racethereservewhidbeyisland@gmail.com or check the event’s website at http://racethereserve.com/.

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To race or not to race? That is the question.

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the world, sporting events continue to fall off the schedule.

For now, at least, this summer’s edition of Race the Reserve remains as a possibility.

The event, which features a marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and marathon relay, is set for August 8.

It’s a major fundraiser, with proceeds going to provide a safe and sober graduation night celebration for Coupeville High School.

Event organizers issued a statement Saturday saying they will make a decision on the viability of the event by July 1.

“We are very aware of the health concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus,” the statement said. “While we don’t want to spread fear, we also want to be responsible.

“Local and national information changes daily, and is being monitored very closely. We are grateful to have more time for planning ahead than some other events have had.

“It is heartbreaking to know so many of our friends around the world and at home are suffering from illness and economic hardship. It is important to us to contribute to the solution and not the problem.”

If the virus is declining by July 1, organizers plan to hold Race the Reserve as planned, with participants receiving a shirt, medal, race support, and official chip time on a USATF-sanctioned course.

But, if things are the same or worse at that time, the event will be cancelled.

In that case, organizers would design a virtual running event to replace the live one, and will determine the best way to distribute medals and shirts.

There is normally a push to have people register as early as possible, but runners are being cautioned that they can wait this year.

“If you are not comfortable with these possibilities, please don’t register until after July 1st,” organizers said.

“We are all in this together. Thank you for your patience as we work for the best outcomes, given our circumstances.”

 

For updates, check:

http://racethereserve.com/

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