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Community sports briefs

Here's a rundown on some of the sports-related community events taking place in the North Whidbey area.

Car Wash

The 2010 American Legion baseball teams will have a car wash fundraiser at the Oak Harbor Whidbey Island Bank on Saturday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations will fund equipment and tournament fees for Oak Harbor summer youth baseball.

Eagle Run

The seventh annual Eagle Run will kick off Holland Happening at Windjammer Park Saturday, April 24.

The one-mile fun run will start at 8 a.m.; the 5K will follow at 8:15.

This family event encourages health, fitness and fun. To register or to get more information, visit www.eaglerun.org or call 360-679-6972.

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Bike Race

"Cooking in the Kettles" mountain bike race is taking place Sunday, March 28, at Fort Ebey State Park.

It will use the forest trails and Kettles County Park for a challenging 6.5 mile loop. Beginners and sport-class racers go off at 10 a.m. and expert-class racers at noon. A short kid's race takes place right after the experts go off.

The entry fees are $25 for adult, $15 for under 18 and free for kids. Beginners go one lap, sports two, and experts three.

For more info, check out BuduRacing.com, or call Marshall with Skagit Bicycle Club at (360) 929-5003.

Marathon

Under completely new ownership, the City of Oak Harbor is hosting its ninth annual marathon April 11.

Presented by Waste Management and sponsored in part by Puget Sound Energy, over $5,000 will be awarded to the top male and female finishers of the full and half Marathon events.

All marathon finishers will receive a tech fabric shirt, a finisher's medal, food and an opportunity to visit the beer garden at the finish line. An eco-fabric goodie bag will be given out upon registration at the Health & Fitness Expo.

The Expo is free to the public and will feature over 30 vendors at the Oak Harbor High School gymnasium Saturday, April 10, from noon until 8 p.m.

New this year is the 5K Fun Run/Walk, which includes a free T-shirt, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 10.

Registration for that event can be found at City Hall in Oak Harbor and the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce; it will also be available the morning of.

All active duty military members who would like to participate will be given a 50 percent discount. Proper ID is required and registrations for this special rate will be done at City Hall.

For more on the race, visit www.whidbeyislandmarathon.com.

Lacrosse

The Skagit Valley Flyers Lacrosse Club is recruiting female athletes in grades 1-12 to learn the game of lacrosse. 

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America. Today, the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse League has over 2,500 athletes. 

The Flyers were the recipients of a generous equipment grant from STX and U.S. Lacrosse.  Thanks to this grant, athletes do not need to purchase any additional equipment except for a mouth guard.

Interested?  Come try out lacrosse at the Saturday Spring Clinics that run every Saturday except April 3 through May 8 at Allen Playfields in Burlington 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

A beginner spring break lacrosse camp is also being offered through the Burlington Parks & Rec Department from March 30 to April 1. 

Coach Cynthia Lisa is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.  At USNA, Coach Lisa was a four-year starter in the midfield, three-time NIRSA National Champion, team captain and MVP.  Most recently, Coach Lisa coached the Great Mills High School varsity and the Jets Varsity Elite travel club, both located in Maryland. 

For more information, email svflyers@gmail.com or call 360-610-7116.

Kickball

Now you can relive your childhood recess memories -- kickball is now available in Seattle.

The World Adult Kickball Association, founded in 1998 in Washington DC, has spread to more than 30 states, including Washington. The Washington Emerald City Division season starts May 3, and registration ends April 20.

Free pickup games are set for April 5 and April 19 at Cal Anderson Park at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.kickball.com/season/waemeraldcityspring2010.

Roller Derby

A group of Oak Harbor women are hoping to form a local roller derby league.

Women's roller derby leagues are sprouting up across the state and local spokesperson Coty Reynolds said she would like to see the formation of an Oak Harbor league.

Persons interested should contact Reynolds at 214-578-7733.

Lifeguard Course

A Red Cross lifeguard training course is scheduled for April 10 through May 13 at John Vanderzicht Memorial Swimming Pool.

The course requires 32 hours of class time. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants must be at least 15 years old and have good swimming skills.  The fee is $200.  

Pre-registration is requested. Call 675-7665 for more information.

Safe Boating Course

The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron is offering the Squadron Boating Course April 5 through May 3.

The course covers boating basics including safety, required equipment, navigational aids and "rules-of-the road," light and sound signals, knot tying, radio operations and an introduction to piloting and chart reading.

This course will qualify boaters for the Washington State Safe Boating card and give a deeper understanding of seamanship.

The course is presented twice a week, beginning Monday, April 5, at the Whidbey Island campus of Skagit Valley College, Old Main Room 103, 1900 SE Pioneer Way.

Registration and payment start at 6:30 p.m. April 5. Classes will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $25 per student and includes books. Spouses or family members who share a set of books will be charged $13.

For more information and to reserve a spot call Karen Nelson (360) 320-3803 or Doug Bishop (360) 678-2296, or email knelson2007@gmail.com.

Competitive Rowing

Island Rowing Association will host an introduction to the sport of competitive rowing in April.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the sport and a very rewarding physical activity. There will be four morning sessions at Lone Lake April 4-9 at 9 a.m. and one Saturday session at Freeland Park April 10 at 8 a.m. Students must be able to swim.

The cost is $75 and includes an Island Rowing T-shirt. Coaching will be by U.S. Rowing certified coaches Bruce Schwager and Carl Fjelsted.

Please contact Carl Fjelsted at info@islandrowing.org or call 360-331-3960.

Whidbey Island Running Club

The Whidbey Island Running Club, sponsored by the North Whidbey Park and Recreation Department, is looking for interested runners to train for the spring/summer track season of the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.

Interested participants can contact the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool at 675-7665 or head coach Catie Rodeheffer at 279-2196 to get information on practice times and locations.

Interested parties can also visit team practices Mondays and Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. at Fort Nugent Park. The first two practices are free.

Men's Golf League

Whidbey Golf and County Club is starting a late-afternoon men's league open to members, guests and the public.

The nine-hole format will be played at 5 p.m. on Thursdays May 6 through Sept. 2.

Foursomes will be composed of all skill levels to equalize competition.

The cost will be $20 per nine-hole round for guests and public players, plus $5 for a weekly prize fund.

For more information, contact golf pro David Phay at 360-675-5490, ext. 1.

North Whidbey Aquatic Club

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club (NWAC) is a competitive swimming program of the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District. It includes swimmers of all abilities and ages from 6 through college. Tryouts occur Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the city pool from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. New swimmers should be able to swim a length of the pool in freestyle and backstroke. The first two weeks are free. For more information, please call the pool (765-7665) to speak with Head Coach Neil Romney or view the team’s Web site at www.teamunify.com/pnswznwac.

Rec Guide

The Island County Recreation Resource Guide is available.

The Guide, produced by the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District and Island County Public Health, has a comprehensive list of recreational and healthy-living programs and activities countywide.

The Guide is available online at oakharborpool.com, or it can be picked up at North Whidbey Park and Recreation (85 SE Jerome, Oak Harbor) and all Island County Public Health locations.

Sports Photos

Sports photographs taken by Jim Woolbright for the Whidbey News-Times are available online for everyone to view and download.

Woolbright's photos can be found at gallery.me.com/jameswoolbright.

Woolbright generally takes over 100 photographs of the events he attends and would like everyone to have access. He said, "I am a sort of give-the-families-what-they-want kind of guy."

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