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The one on the far right is from Coupeville. The other two just wish they were. (Photo property U.S. Marine Corps)

Never stop winning.

Kyle King, a five-time state track and field champion back in his Coupeville High School days, continues to haul in awards out in the real world.

The 2008 CHS grad has been selected as the United State Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2020.

First Lieutenant Mackenzie Margroum and Captain Toni Paruso, who are both swimmers, share the Female Athlete of the Year.

The award honors active duty Marines who “demonstrate the best that the Corps has to offer both in sport and the embodiment of Marine Corps values.”

King is an Artillery Officer currently serving as an Inspector-Instructor in 5th Battalion, 14th Marines, based out of Colorado.

A member of the All-Marine Running Team since 2015, the former Wolf supernova has piled up the accomplishments in recent years.

He finished 8th in the marathon at the most-recent Military World Games in China, claimed 16th at the USATF Cross Country Championships, and competed in the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Back in his Coupeville days, the middle of Randy and Laurie King’s three children — following Brianne and preceding Tyler — was one of the finest athletes to ever pull on the red and black.

During his days on Whidbey, 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.

He still holds the school record in the 3200 and 4 x 400 (with some help from Steven McDonald, Chris Hutchinson, and Jon Chittim).

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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Stay home, but still get that triathlon burn.

Want to stay active in the time of coronavirus?

You can compete in one of Whidbey’s premier athletic events without coming to the Island this summer.

And let’s stress that last part, as you can take part in the Whidbey Island Triathlon but not transport any potential germs to Phase 3 Island County from your blighted Phase 1 or Phase 2 burgs.

Just sayin’.

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, the triathlon, in its 24th year of existence, has gone virtual.

Instead of being a one-day competition on Whidbey, the event, managed by the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, is being offered July 24-August 2.

Normally, the Whidbey Triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, a 19-mile bike ride, and a 3.75-mile run.

So, not the Ironman, but still a nice, tough challenge.

This time around, there is no official race course — again, stay off of Whidbey; we have cattle prods and will use them! — which also means no awards for placing.

But, if you take a look at the event’s web site, you’ll find a variety of different ways to get that triathlon burn … without being singed by any wayward cattle prods.

That includes being able to use a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or indoor rowing machine to simulate the swim session, or a treadmill for the running leg.

For much more info, pop over to:

Whidbey Island Triathlon

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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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