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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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Kyle King (left) and lil’ bro Tyler look fast even when standing still.

Kyle King celebrated Leap Day by going for a run with some of his friends.

Of course, said run just happened to take place on one of the biggest stages possible, as the Coupeville grad competed Saturday in Atlanta at the US Olympic Team Trials.

The former Wolf, a five-time state track and field champ in his days at CHS, finished 47th in a field of 222 runners, covering a 26.2 mile marathon course in 2:18:20.

King stayed strong throughout the race, throwing down his fastest leg in mile 18, which he ran in 4:58.

The top three finishers Saturday qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, with those spots going to Galen Rupp, Jacob Riley, and Abdi Abdiraham.

It’s the fourth-straight time Rupp has made it to the biggest sporting event in the world, having previously competed in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016).

King, a 2008 Coupeville grad, qualified for the US Team Trials off of a stellar performance at the Eugene Marathon in April 2019.

The marathon dream he was chasing was a big one, as only one former Coupeville resident has made an Olympic team.

That came way back in 1920, when Eldon Jenne competed in the pole vault in Antwerp.

In real life, King is a Captain in the Marine Corps, currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, where he’s an inspector/instructor.

He trained for the trials with a group of other local runners, “The Good Boys Run Club,” four of whom also made the trip to Atlanta.

Prior to the team trials, King ran at the Armed Forces Summer Games in China, where he claimed 8th out of 84 runners.

His recent exploits continues a life-long tear of running success.

While running for dad Randy at CHS, 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.

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

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Coupeville grad Kyle King (second from right) ran the marathon at the Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

He’s the fastest man America had in country.

Coupeville grad Kyle King beat out his two running partners from Team USA Sunday, claiming 8th out of 84 runners in the marathon at the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China.

King covered the 26.2 mile course at the event, which is similar to the Olympics, in two hours, 16.56 minutes, which tops his time of 2:18.04 at the Eugene Marathon in April.

That race qualified him for the Team USA trials for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The 2008 CHS grad is slated to make his bid for the US Olympic team Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

King, who is a Captain in the Marine Corps, is currently stationed at the Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

While there, he works out with “The Good Boys” Run Club, a group made up of runners training for the Team USA trials who live and work in the area.

His two-week trip to China gave him a chance to run against some of the best from around the world.

Leche Shumi of Bahrain won the marathon, with runners from Tanzania, Rwanda, Mongolia, Poland, and King hot on his trail.

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