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Get your running shoes ready.

There’s a new race coming to town, with the announcement of the inaugural edition of The Whidbey 1/2, a half marathon set for Sunday, April 25 in Oak Harbor.

This is NOT a replacement for the annual Whidbey Island Marathon, which is scheduled to return Sept. 12.

Instead it’s a completely brand-new event aimed at giving runners, be they locals or tourists, a chance to race in an impeccable environment.

The Whidbey 1/2 will have a course which winds through the western side of Whidbey Island, taking runners “along rural roads, picturesque scenery, and quiet farmland, while taking in views of the Olympic Mountains as you run side by side with the Pacific Ocean.”

Capacity is limited to 600 runners and registration is open now.

Cost is $60 through Feb. 28, or you can register for a virtual event at $65 through the day of the race.

Along with the runner’s high and scenic views, all participants will receive a variety of swag including a long sleeve Whidbey 1/2 running top.

You’ll also nab a stained glass finisher medal, a beanie, and a commemorative bib and timing chip.

 

For more info and to register, pop over to:

The Whidbey 1/2 (runsignup.com)

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The Oak Harbor Marina will host a crab pot fundraiser Sunday afternoon.

Have crab pots?

If not, this is the perfect time to get some for yourself, while helping out a local organization which specializes in boating education.

The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron is holding a socially-distanced fundraiser Sunday, January 17 in the Oak Harbor Marina parking lot.

The event will run from 2-3 PM that day, and the marina can be found at 1401 SE Catalina Drive.

All crab gear being offered is clean and inspected, and includes the pot, approximately 80-feet of leaded line, new rot cord, bait bags or boxes, and Washington state legal floats in the size and color required.

There are 50 pots available, and payment needs to be made by cash or checks made out to DPSPS. No credit cards accepted.

The asked donation is $20 per regular crab pot, and $30 for stainless steel ones.

All fundraiser participants are required to wear masks.

Money raised goes to fund a non-profit organization in its 44th year of existence.

DPSPS has 70+ members from Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands and is dedicated to “education and training of safe boating activities.”

 

For more info on the organization, pop over to:

Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron – Home page for America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass

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Today marks 33 years of fare-free service. (Photo property Island Transit)

The buses have been running longer than I’ve lived on Whidbey Island.

My family moved here in 1989, but Island Transit has been offering fare-free service since 1987.

In fact, today, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, marks a complete 33-year run of getting passengers where they need to be, without them having to fumble through their pockets for change.

And since 33 is the magic number — the one my favorite player, Larry Bird, wore during his NBA career — that makes it even better

On Island Transit’s first day¬† in ’87, it transported 161 riders.

In 2019, that number had risen to 860,811 rides across Whidbey and Camano Islands, accomplished via buses, paratransit vehicles, and vanpools.

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Let the adventure begin. (Photos from Price Sculpture Forest Facebook page)

The sun peeks through, illuminating a Whidbey old-timer.

Stare into the eyes of a bird while sitting on a bench, and let your mind soar into the skies.

A sculpture by Greg Neal pays tribute to the late Pam Young, a longtime birder and supporter of the park.

It’s the perfect escape during our locked-down times.

Head out to the woods and experience the Price Sculpture Forest, a 16-acre slice of bliss which opens to the public today, Friday, October 23.

Created to preserve a stretch of land in Central Whidbey, it offers visitors a chance to wander through century-old trees, while also experiencing a wide array of sculptures by artists from across the United States.

The forest, which is located at 678 Parker Rd. in Coupeville, is open free to everyone, though visitors are asked not to bring dogs.

There is a self-guided tour which you can access through your phone, and things are open from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

“It has been an amazing six-year journey getting to this point,” Scott Price said. “The most rewarding aspects have been the terrific collaboration with volunteers and sculptors, plus the support and interest from the community.”

Price offered a special thank you to the “monumental efforts of Ken Price, Michael Hauser, and Linda Hauser.”

“These terrific people have directly helped create this new experience for the community.

“The welcome mat is out for you to Wander in Wonder!”

 

For more info, check out their website at:

Price Sculpture Forest sculpture park in Coupeville on Whidbey Island

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Kelsi Mottet

Not all Videoville alumni ended up as isolation-lovin’ writers.

Some, such as the very-talented Kelsi (Franzen) Mottet, went into public service and are making an impact on life in their community.

Take a gander at the video below to see Kelsi, now the Natural Resource Planner for the Whidbey Island Conservation District, at work.

Focusing on farm planning, the video also features photo-bombing horses Legacy and Adonis, so … bonus.

 

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