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Race the Reserve Whidbey Island 2016
Marathon . Marathon Relay . Half Marathon . 10K . 5K Run/Walk

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
Whidbey Island, Washington
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Geographical Features:

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!

Come join us for the 6th annual Race the Reserve!

Runners will begin and end their adventure on the south side of the historic seaport community of Coupeville. This is the second oldest town in Washington and government center of Island County, located on the south shore of Penn Cove on beautiful Whidbey Island. You will have the unique opportunity to traverse both Ebey’s Prairie and Crockett Prairie within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve offering spectacular, panoramic ocean, mountain and prairie farmland views. Across the pastoral landscape in the Reserve and vast waterways of Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, runners will be greeted with sweeping vistas that include Mount Baker, the North Cascades, the Olympic Mountains and Peninsula, Mount Rainier and the San Juan Islands. If you participate in the marathon, relay or half, you will also have the opportunity to run through Fort Casey State Park where you will go past the lighthouse and bunkers used in WW II. If your lucky you will catch a glimpse of the ferries running between Coupeville and Port Townsend as you skirt the shores of Admirality Inlet.

A combination of dramatic seaside bluffs, dense forests, dirt and paved trails and fertile prairies offers a unique location and opportunity for competitive running in the first (1978) of only three designated historical reserves in the country.

We look forward to seeing you at the starting line! Happy Running!

Race/Run/Walk/Start and Finish:

Coupeville High School Gym
501 South Main Street
Coupeville, Washington
…just south of SR 20 along the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way in the Heart of Ebey’s Reserve.

Pre-Registration Deadline:

Register by July 20, 2016 to guarantee a t-shirt in your size.
Mail-in entries must be postmarked by Julyt 31, 2017.

* All pre-registered participants will receive a free t-shirt. We cannot guarantee that t-shirts in your size will be available to those who register after July 20.

Click here to download a registration form and waiver.

Printed brochures are available anytime at the outside information booth at the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce,
905 NW Alexander St., Coupeville, WA 98239

Event Day Registration:

Opens at 5:30 a.m. $5 surcharge applies. Cash/check only.

* All pre-registered participants will receive a free t-shirt. We cannot guarantee that t-shirts will be available to those who register after the pre-registration deadline.

Online Registration:

Available now at active.com. Nominal service fee applies.
Click here to Register

Questions/Information/Help With Mail-In Registration:

Use our contact form by clicking here.

Race Day Information:

Early packet pick-up Friday, August 11th between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Participant packet pick-up and check-in beginning at 5:30 a.m.
Marathon/Relay event day registration available between 5:30 and 6:45 a.m.
Marathon/Relay Start Time: 7:00 a.m. (walkers may start earlier on the course)
Half Marathon event day registration available between 6:00 and 7:15 a.m.
Half Marathon Start Time: 7:30 a.m. (Walkers may start earlier on the course)
10K / 5K Run / Walk event day registration available between 6:30 and 7:45 a.m.
10K / 5K Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

At the Start Line:

Chip timing provided by Tortoise & Hare Race Management, LLC.

Course Support:

First aid and water stations located every 2-3 miles of the course and every 1-2 miles from the halfway point to the finish for Half Marathon runners. Marshals and certified flaggers positioned throughout the course. The course is open to traffic; please exercise caution when traveling and crossing public streets and roads.

At the Finish Line:

Awards presented to the winning male and female finishers of the Marathon, Relay, Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run. All other registered participants receive a finisher’s medal and ribbon. Light refreshments available for runners and walkers.

Come for the run. Stay to play!

The 53rd Annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival opens at 10 a.m. on race day in the downtown area within a short walking distance from the finish line at Coupeville Elementary School. Event participants and their families will join festival visitors to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of this popular event. Attractions include over 200 fine and folk artisan booths, food vendors and free musical entertainment and children’s activities.

Race the Reserve Whidbey Island 2017 is sponsored by CHS Parents and proceeds support a safe and sober graduation night celebration for the Seniors of Coupeville High School Class of 2018.

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