Posts Tagged ‘Ebey’s Landing’

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.


For more info, to donate, or to sign-up to participate in the event, pop over to:

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

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Lucy Sandahl heads for the finish line in 2019. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Race the Reserve is returning to being a live event.

With the pandemic receding, the annual fundraiser for Coupeville High School’s graduating class is set for Saturday, Oct. 9, with runners back on the prairie in person.

Last year, with many Covid restrictions in place, the event was held as a virtual competition.

This time around, the 10th edition of Race the Reserve will feature a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon.

You can register up to the day of the event, but if you want to guarantee you’ll nab a t-shirt in your size, Sept. 25 is the cut-off.

Races begin and end at Coupeville Elementary, with runners traversing both Ebey’s Prairie and Crockett Prairie within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Along the way, weather permitting, you may see Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, ferries running between Coupeville and Port Townsend, and your fair share of (generally non-bitey) wildlife.

Proceeds from Race the Reserve go to fund a “safe and sober graduation night celebration for the Coupeville High School Class of 2022.”


For more info, and to register, pop over to:

Race the Reserve

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Ride for pie.

Ride your bike, eat some pie – the circle of life.

You can support the Whidbey Camano Land Trust by participating in the 6th annual Sea, Trees & Pie Bike Ride any time between July 10-September 5.

The pertinent details can be found in the photo above.

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust, which was established in 1984, is a nationally-accredited 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

It partners with landowners and Island communities to “help expand county and state parks, protect natural areas and local family farms, increase trail and beach access, and protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat.”


To register for the event:

2021 Sea, Trees & Pie Bike Ride (classy.org)


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For more info on 3 Sisters Family Farm:

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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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A young runner attacks the course at Saturday’s Race the Reserve. (Photos courtesy Morgan White)

Cross country returns to Coupeville High School and Middle School this fall, after a two-decade absence.

The prairie was alive with the sounds of thudding feet and (sometimes) strangled breathing.

The 2018 edition of Race the Reserve, a running event which raises money for the senior class at Coupeville High School, went off in style Saturday, and numerous locals were on hand to defend their course.

Sean Celli of Black Diamond hit the tape first in the marathon, covering the course in 3:21:20.9, the only event where Coupeville had no representation.

Cow Town came strong in the other four events, however.

Here’s everyone who listed Coupeville as their home town (and a few Coupeville alumni who might have been running under a different address, but didn’t evade my (bleary) eagle eyes as I scanned the results.)

Half Marathon:

James Steller (7th) 1:39:13.8
Lark Gustafson (27th) 1:58:20.9
Maria Summers
(36th) 2:08:32.8
Lincoln Kelley 
(78th) 3:31:55.6

Marathon Relay:

Coupeville Middle School – Andrew WilliamsHayden HarryTate WymanCole White, Aiden Anderson (4th) 4:13:15.2


Helene Lhamon (12th) 56:49
Jordan Wilcox (14th) 57:50.3
Christina Jump (16th) 1:00:51.1
Mindy Wilcox (35th) 1:19:34.6
David Ford (36th) 1:19:59.9
Everett Winsberg (45th) 1:44:06.1
Sheila O’Rourke (46th) 1:44:06.3


Dawson d’Almeida (2nd) 21:21.7
Charles Arndt (3rd) 21:48.3
Sam Wynn (5th) 21:57.8
Aiden Wilson (9th) 22:55.5
Roy Gordon (10th) 23:19.6
Jennifer Wynn (14th) 25:28.6
Landon Roberts (15th) 25:51.8
Sydney Lupien (18th) 26:02.5
Carolyn Lhamon (19th) 26:03.7
Alana Mihill (20th) 26:42.5
Adair DeJesus (25th) 28:53.3
Daniel Verble (29th) 29:40.2
Bree Daigneault (30th) 30:15.7
Knight Arndt (41st) 35:01.8
Bryan Verble (47th) 38:24.6
Wynter Arndt (58th) 43:09.7
Catherine Wilson (66th) 47:47.9
Irene Echenique (70th) 52:04.2
Eric Daigneault (71st) 52:04.4
Kristina Morris (72nd) 52:40.3
Melissa Horton (75th) 52:21.3
Gaye Rodriguey (76th) 53:06.8
Katie Lovell (77th) 54:15.6
James Lovell (78th) 54:33.5
Anne Harvey (86th) 1:04:42.3
Georgie Smith (88th) 1:10:21.5
Shannon Lovell (89th) 1:10:24.2
Alejandro Echeverria (95th) 1:19:32.6
Irene Bryant (96th) 1:19:33.8

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