Race the Reserve moves to virtual format this year

Annual event raises funds for Coupeville senior class graduation activities.

Like so many endurance athletic endeavours during the pandemic, the Race the Reserve is going virtual.

The annual Central Whidbey event, which includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, was originally slated for Aug. 8 and then rescheduled for Oct. 11. Organizers decided last week to go virtual because of the continued coronavirus threat.

By offering a virtual event and not canceling, the sponsors, Parents of the Coupeville High School Class of 2021, can still use the Race the Reserve to help raise funds for senior graduation activities.

Not being able to hold a live event is still “a pretty big blow,” according to event spokesperson Deb Smith. The Race the Reserve is the primary fundraiser for the group.

“All participants will receive a bib, T-shirt, medal and swag bag,” she said. “(It will be) based on the honor system, no submission of times.”

The entry fee is $45 for any of the four races; registration ends Oct. 10.

Participants can choose to run their own course anytime before Oct. 12 and are not required to submit results.

To register or for more information, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Coupeville/RacetheReserve