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“Let’s peel some rubber!” (Photos courtesy Heather Tenore)

The Island was alive with the sound of feet hitting pedals.

The annual Tour de Whidbey biking extravaganza went down last weekend, and we’ve got a collection of photos to put you in the thick of things.

The event, which featured six different routes, ranging from a family-friendly 10-mile jaunt to a 162-mile endurance trek, is a fundraiser for the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

It brought out bicycle enthusiasts of all ages, as well as the Coupeville High School cheerleaders, who provided an emotional boost for riders headed to the finish line.

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They pedaled right to paydirt.

The 2021 edition of the Tour de Whidbey raised $71,000, which will be used for the purchase of equipment for the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics.

The event drew 500+ bicyclists — a 40% increase from previous years — and the money raised was almost double of the total from 2019.

Covid forced the Tour de Whidbey to be cancelled in 2020.

Event organizers offered up a wide range of rides, from a 10-mile family course, which attracted 65 riders, to the 162-mile “power ride.”

The most daunting of all the rides still managed to draw in 42 bicyclists, who “pushed themselves to the max.”

Money raised will be used to purchase equipment such as Halo sanitizing systems, sterilization equipment, personal protective equipment, and AEDs.

Current plans call for the Tour de Whidbey to return in 2022, with August 20 set for the event.


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A pack of runners pounds the pavement Sunday morning. (Photos courtesy James Steller)

Two wheels and a license to thrill.

They hit the road for a good cause.

A pack of local athletes ran and biked Sunday, raising money for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

Known this year as the Coupeville Run, Ride, and Reunite Fundraiser, the event is in its fifth go-round.

Participants and contributors raised close to $16,000 this year, which will go to help local students.

“The community was amazing,” said event organizer James Steller. “And they turned out in force to make a memorable day in participation.

“This is the most beautiful town in the world,” he added. “Thank you all so much for the support and hope to see you next year!”

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They’re back on the bike.

After sitting out a year thanks to the pandemic, the WhidbeyHealth Foundation will once again host its annual Tour de Whidbey fundraiser.

The event is set for Saturday, August 21, and is expected to draw hundreds of riders from across the country.

Ride routes range from a 10-mile flat leg, complete with “ample snacks,” to a “Perimeter of Whidbey Endurance Route (P.O.W.E.R),” which covers 162 miles and 10,000 feet of total elevation.

It’s not a race, regardless of the route chosen, but a chance to “take in the breathtaking views from the “back roads,” or ocean vistas from the waters’ edge.”

Along with the 10-mile and 162-mile routes, there are also four other routes, covering 100, 68, 50, and 33-mile layouts.

Tour de Whidbey raises funds to help with the purchase of vital equipment for the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics.

This could include things such as Halo sanitizing systems, sterilization equipment, personal protective equipment, and AED’s (automated external defibrillators).

Questions about Tour de Whidbey can be directed to Heather Tenore at tenorh@whidbeyhealth.org.


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Participants in a previous Circumnavigate Whidbey fundraiser stop for a pic. (Photo courtesy James Steller)

Same fundraiser, different look.

After years of conducting “Circumnavigate Whidbey,” a 120-mile, two-day odyssey, organizers are going with a streamlined, easier-on-the-body event this time around.

The event, which raises money for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools, will be known this year as the “Coupeville Run & Ride (and Reunite).”

Held Sunday, September 5, the fundraiser features a six-mile run, an 11.5-mile bike, and a celebration in the town park afterwards.

It’s not a competitive race, as everyone participating sticks together.

Things kick off in the Coupeville Elementary School parking lot at 9:15 AM, with runners departing the track oval at 9:30.

“Lace up your shoes and join us for a leisurely 10K around the prairie,” said organizer James Steller. “Highlighted by Ebey’s Landing, the view of the prairie, the sound, and Rainier in the distance, it’s a painter’s delight and we get to enjoy this every day!”

After the run, participants will move to their bikes for a jaunt which will head back through Ebey’s Landing, go past Fort Casey and Crockett Lake, then finish back at the school.

“Ten-speeds, dirt bikes, E-Bikes — they are all welcome,” Steller said.

Things will finish with a casual celebration at Coupeville Town Park, with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and water for everyone.

Even if you’re not up to doing all three parts, you can join.

“You are welcome to do one or the other — i.e., you can just bike — or just hang out!,” Steller said.

Organizers are asking for everyone to use the event’s website to sign up, however, so they can get a feel for how many people are likely to be in attendance.

You can participate without donating, and you can donate to the fundraiser without participating.

For those who choose to donate, you get one raffle entry for each $100 pledged.

The raffle winner, who will be announced on Facebook Live during the celebration in the park, receives a 2-night stay at the Ocean Bluff Farm Guesthouse in Coupeville for two people.

Started in 2017, “Circumnavigate Whidbey” has raised over $100,000, with the money going for teacher grants for educational enrichment, college scholarships, and financial resources for students in need of equal access.

The Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools has been operating since 1997.

During the 2020-2021 school year, the foundation was able to provide key support for local schools as they dealt with the pandemic.

Scholastic enrichment, technology (WiFi hot spots and cameras), and social-emotional tools were funded with this support.


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Coupeville Run & Ride (and Reunite) (4coupevilleschools.org)

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