CHS senior parents host Race the Reserve

Deb Savalza (left), Linda Wehrman and Christy Marx, some of the senior parents who helped organize Race the Reserve, stand on part of the picturesque course.  - Photo by Jane Geddes
Deb Savalza (left), Linda Wehrman and Christy Marx, some of the senior parents who helped organize Race the Reserve, stand on part of the picturesque course.
— image credit: Photo by Jane Geddes

Not content with bake sales and car washes to raise money, the Coupeville High School class of 2013 senior parent group is thinking big -- organizing and hosting the Race the Reserve Saturday, Aug. 11.

Senior parent spokeswoman Deb Savalza said raising funds for CHS senior activities isn’t the only reason for the race. They want to put Central Whidbey back on the running map after the Whidbey Marathon shifted to Oak Harbor several years ago.

She also hopes the race introduces participants and visitors to the history, significance and beauty of Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve. In all, she said, the goal is to help the community along with the senior class.

Race the Reserve is the offspring of two smaller races, the Dale Lobos Run, organized by Dan d’Almeida in 2010, and the Dash for the Bash, organized by Elizabeth Bitting in 2011, according to Savalza. The Race the Reserve is a larger event, and after all the work to get it  up and running, the senior parents don’t want to see it fade after one year; therefore, they received commitments to continue it in the future from to-be-senior parents Aimie Bishop (class of 2014) and Bitting (2015).

Each year senior parents raise money for senior activities such as the senior breakfast and the graduation night trip. And Race the Reserve is much more than baking a pan of brownies: “It’s taken on a life of its own,” Savalza said. “It’s been a lot of work, but key people have helped.”

This major project, Savalza said, wouldn’t have happened without a strong parent group. She called Linda Wehrman her “right-hand man” in all activities over the years, and parents Liz McPhee, Karen Huff, Joanne Pelant, Christy Marx and d’Almeida and his wife Cathy are members of the committee that helped pull it all together.

The community has jumped aboard as well. “We have had a tremendous town response on sponsors,” Savalza said. These sponsors have covered most of the costs of the race.

Race the Reserve is still open for new sponsorship, she said, “for those who want to get in on the action while supporting a great cause.”

Katrina Riddle of Mjccopy and Stationery and Dan Sirak, who designed the logo, poster and website, have been very helpful, Savalza said.

“Katrina is always open for last minute printing services.”

Members of the class of 2013 who help with the race will get credit toward the cost of the grad night trip.

Savalza said, “We’d like for local folks to be race fans, come out to cheer the runners on and put signs up in their yards to welcome the runners to add to the festive atmosphere of the day.”

The event will include a half marathon, 10K and 5K fitness run/walk to cater to those of all skills and interests. The shorter races were added to get more community members to take part, according to Savalza.

BuDu Racing LLC is helping run the event, which will include chipped timing. The course has been submitted to USA Track and Field for certification.

The fee for the race increases after Saturday.

For more information, visit the race website at

“The ultimate goal,” Savalza said, “is to get everyone involved.” And to give those cookie sheets a break.

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