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Race the Reserve
August 10, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm$20 – $70
Race the Reserve
Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Saturday, August 10, 2019 • Coupeville, WA
Filled with historic farms and settlements that date back to the first human inhabitants of the area back in the 1300s, as well as forests and awe-inspiring views of the Olympic mountains off in the distance, Washington’s Whidbey Island plays host for the 6th time in 2017 to the Race the Reserve Half Marathon, 10K and 5K fitness run.
The race takes runners through the national parkland area known as the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, whose more than 17,000 acres have been home to Native American tribes like the Skagit Indians as well as explorers like Captain George Vancouver and Joseph Whidbey, for whom the island was later named.
Today, the reserve is dedicated to preserving the remains of its farming, shipbuilding and seaport past, as visitors can take in sights like the city that was built in nearby Coupeville as well as Fort Ebey and Fort Casey.
Runners will explore new waterfront routes through SPU’s Camp Casey Conference Center and historic Fort Casey State Park. They pass by Admiralty Head Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of the former Keystone Ferry on its Coupeville-to-Port Townsend run. They will explore the wooded trails through Fort Ebey State Park and traverse the prairies of local farmers.
Runners will start and end the course for the race at the Coupeville MS/HS Gymnasium.
From there, the course loops around the grounds of Ebey’s Landing, along the bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic mountain range, through Fort Casey State Park, farmlands, forest, local trails, Navy’s Outlying Field and possibly a glimpse of a ferry as look across the water, before heading back toward the school.
There are spectacular, panoramic mountain, water and prairie farmland views across Ebey’s Landing and Admiralty Inlet in one of only 3 National Reserves and a unique part of the National Park System.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along Penn Cove on the northern end of Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island, roughly a 100-mile drive from downtown Seattle, Coupeville typically sees its warmest and driest weather of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 38°F (in 1980) and as high as 98°F (in 1960).
On race day (Aug. 10), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
• 7:00 AM – Marathon/Marathon Relay
• 7:30 AM – Half Marathon
• 8:00 AM – 10K, 5K
To reserve your spot in the Marathon/Relay, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race at Whidbey Island’s annual Race the Reserve runs, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website