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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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The Whidbey Island Marathon, scheduled for April 19, has been postponed.

The move was announced Monday.

The official release:

Greetings –

The Whidbey Island Marathon has always prized itself on showcasing the natural beauty of Whidbey Island while promoting an engaging, healthy lifestyle that brings our community together.

Additionally, Marathon Weekend brings thousands of visitors to support our local hotels, restaurants, stores and other small businesses in Oak Harbor and throughout Whidbey Island.

With the safety of our runners, residents, businesses, and visitors foremost in mind – Due to COVID-19 and the state mandates on crowd size limitations, the 2020 Whidbey Island Marathon will be postponed to a later date this year.

We are currently working with our event partners, city agencies, state parks and WSDOT to determine a new date.

The safety of all residents, participants, volunteers, sponsors and race officials is paramount and we appreciate your understanding while we navigate this challenging situation.

Once a rescheduled date has been set – we will reach out with the different options available for deferrals, rescheduling and more detailed instructions.

Please allow us some time working with our partners to get these plans in place so we can provide you with specific, detailed information.

We know you’ve been training hard to accomplish your goals and we wish we could see you at the finish line next month, but the safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators and residents is of utmost importance.

Please stay safe, practice social distancing, wash your hands and of course…KEEP RUNNING!

Don’t let this event or any other event being paused be the downfall of the training you’ve already put in.

Get outside, continue to train, keep achieving your fitness goals and stay healthy.

Share your accomplishments, stories and pictures with our running community.

We will see you soon runners!

– The City of Oak Harbor & The Fizz Events Race Team

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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:

NONE

 

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

 

10K:

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

 

5K:

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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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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Coupeville Middle School runners go in for a team cheer before competing Thursday in Arlington. (Elizabeth Bitting photos)

The Wolf girls, ready to hit the trail.

Warm-ups? We don’t need no stinkin’ warm-ups.

Thanks to their bus driver being given the wrong destination Thursday, the Coupeville Middle School cross country team arrived for its meet in Arlington with mere minutes left until the first gun.

That forced CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting and her runners to play catch-up, but it worked out fine in the end.

“Unfortunately there was no time to walk the course, but our Wolves didn’t let that dampen their race strategy,” Bitting said. “They all ran strong! They all ran hard! They all finished tired.

“They were amazed with how many runners they passed on the one long hill,” she added. “And once they hit the track they were flying!!!”

The race featured harriers from seven schools, with Langley, Granite Falls, Lakewood, King’s, Sultan and Northshore Christian Academy joining Coupeville on the 1.71-mile course.

While the late arrival left everyone a bit frazzled, the Wolves (backed by their faithful traveling fans) still managed to pull off a superb performance in their second meet of the young season.

“Afterwards they (the runners) said it was actually better because they didn’t have time to get nervous,” Bitting said.

“We had a great parent turnout. It’s so nice to hear cheers for our athletes!,” she added. “They appreciate it and I appreciate it. It helps fuel their adrenaline.”

 

Complete results:

 

GIRLS:

Carolyn Lhamon (7th) 11:45.26
Claire Mayne (8th) 11:48.58
Helen Strelow (22nd) 13:23.70
Cristina McGrath (23rd) 13:27.15
Erica McGrath (27th) 13:59.36
Allison Nastali (30th) 14:06.38
Sam McMahan (37th) 14:50.00

 

BOYS:

Cole White (8th) 10:34.00
Aiden Anderson (26th) 11:40.00
Tate Wyman (32nd) 12:08.00
Hayden Harry (47th) 12:59.18
Andrew Williams (48th) 13:01.81
Alex Clark (56th) 13:49.04

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