Whidbey man wins Race the Reserve

Whidbey Island reigned at the Race the Reserve half marathon this weekend.

James Stellar, a 35-year-old Coupeville man, claimed first-place in 1:24:07.5.

He was followed by a string of island residents from Oak Harbor to Clinton.

Some South Whidbey runners finished well in the 100-person race at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in Coupeville. Donald Heggenes of Freeland took 18th place, Chris DeForest (Clinton) was close behind for 19th, Brenda DeForest (Clinton) took 41st and Terry deJager placed 61st.

The race also had 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races. South Whidbey High School senior cross country and track and field runner Lillianna Stelling, of Langley, finished third in the 10K in 47:37. Anna Leski, a 13-year-old Freeland girl, placed 10th in 53:42.7. Madison McPhee, a 17-year-old girl from Greenbank, finished in 11th place in 54:37.9. Langley resident Grethcen Bodine placed 27th, Nisa Heggenes, of Freeland, placed 30th. Roy Gordon, of Langley, finished 45.

In the 5K, 14-year-old Daniel Thornley placed 23rd in 29:04.1. Racers from Clinton include Reta Worden, Adelina Baker and Kellie Baker, Daniel and Jacob Winn, Katie Martin and Christi Messner. Freeland resident Bob Duffy finished in 70th place.

A total of 260 people competed in the races, which fund Coupeville High School’s graduation celebration.

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