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Oak Harbor teams take top spots in Ragnar Relay

By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
July 27, 2013 · Updated 12:37 PM
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Oak Harbor's Elizabeth Kettlewell, captain of Ladies Night, finishes up a leg of the Ragnar Relay outside of Wildcat Memorial Stadium. / Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Teams based out of Oak Harbor finished 1-2 in the ultra division of the Ragnar Northwest Passage relay race Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20.

The Northwest Passage is one of 21 races held throughout the United States as part of the Ragnar Relay Series.

The Washington race, a 196-mile journey, began in Blaine and finished in Langley. Two types of teams took part, the ultras, which include six members, and the regular squads, which have 12.

In all, 398 teams completed the race, 24 with Oak Harbor or Coupeville captains.

The High Milers, captained by Patrick Mayer, and the Ultra Edukators, captained by Andy Wesley, earned the top two spots in the ultra division. The Ultra Edukators won their subdivision, men’s submasters.

The High Milers finished the course in 23:59:56, a 7:21 per mile pace. The Ultra Edukators ran 24:45 (7:35).

Two other Oak Harbor teams placed in the top 13 out of 25 ultra squads. Race Officials Do Not Pass, captained by Gregory Peele, finished seventh in 29:32:31 (and second in the ultra men’s open subdivision) and Scoundrels and Scalawags, captained by  Adam Gilmore, placed 13th in 30:57:23 (and eighth in the ultra mixed open subdivision).

In the regular (12-person) division, the top local team, Lookers and Hookers, captained by Chris Hunter, finished 20th out of 373 (and ninth in the mixed open subdivision) in 25:59:19.

They were followed by The Most Interesting Van in the Race, captained by Coupeville’s Brad Sherman, in 55th (27:30:35).

Other leading local subdivision finishers among 12-person teams:

Men’s corporate/public service: NASty Dozen, captain Hannah Glenn, 11th, 29:15:28.

Men’s open: Get Lost, Dylan Beyer, 19th, 29:25:40.

Mixed submasters: RagST*Rs, Tina Smith, 30th, 33:10:55.

Women’s open: Ladies Night, Elizabeth Kettlewell, 15th, 30:17:49.

Women’s submasters: Skirty Dozen, JuLee Rudolf, ninth, 31:01:04.


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