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Turkey Trot Results and Photos

Over 50 runners and walkers plus over a dozen volunteers came out on a chilly yet sunny morning for our first ever Turkey Trot. They all began their holiday season by having fun, being healthy, and supporting a wonderful new recreation opportunity in our community.   Over $2000 was raised for the SWPRD Campground fund and many more people in the community are now aware of this project.  Clark Bishop of Coupeville won the raffle for a turkey that was raised and donated by Joel Gerlach, one of the Park District’s commissioners.  Please have a look at the race results and some images from the day and if you were there, please feel free to add your comments about the event below.

Turkey Trot final results

Turkey Trot Photos

Please thank these wonderful local businesses that sponsored the Turkey Trot when you see them and please keep them in mind as you prepare your holiday shopping lists: Callahan’s Firehouse, Clinton Food Mart, Edit, Melissa Cates, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones (Freeland Branch), Front Row Creative, Naturopathic Dermatology (Dr. Christa Lamothe is now in Langley serving your skin, women’s and general health needs, naturally!), Hansen’s Building Supply, Pickles Deli, Prima Bistro, Roberta, The Star Store, Sophia and Rob, Useless Bay Coffee Co., Whidbey Island Bagel Factory, Whidbey Island Kayaking Co., and Whidbey Performance Physical Therapy in Freeland.

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Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk, Saturday, November 21st

Run/Walk Now, Gobble Later!

Have fun, be active, and support two great local organizations—South Whidbey Parks and Recreation and Good Cheer!

Come on out for the first ever Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk! This family-friendly and healthy event will be held on Saturday, November 21st at the South Whidbey Community Park, 5495 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, WA 98260. All proceeds will benefit the development of the proposed campground at the South Whidbey Community Park. The registration fees are $30 for adults, $20 for students and an immediate family maximum of $80. All participants registered by November 12th will be guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt. Check-in will be on the day of the event, Saturday November 21st, from 8:30am until 9:30am and the run/walk will begin at 10:00am.

All participants, volunteers, and spectators are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Good Cheer Food Bank. The South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation is honored to be partnering with the Girl Scouts in this food drive so that all of South Whidbey can eat well on Thanksgiving. Registration is available through South Whidbey Park and Recreation at


Wetsuit 101

We received a lot of questions about renting and buying wetsuits as we gave our open water swim clinics, so here’s a brief Wetsuit 101:

  • Swimming wetsuits are different from surfing or scuba wetsuits. Read product descriptions for ‘smooth skin neoprene.’  The chest and legs should be about 5 m thick and the shoulders should be about 1.5-2 m thick. Here’s a short video that discusses what to look for.

  • Sizing: it should be snug, tight even.  You don’t want water to trickle down through the neck. Sleeveless v. Sleeved depends on water temp, length of swim, and swimmer build.  Those with broad shoulders may be more comfortable in a sleeveless.  Wetsuits come in more specific sizes than just S, M, L or 8, 10, 12.  It’s worth trying on a couple of sizes to ensure best fit.

  • Just a few of the good brands: Blueseventy, Orca, TYR, Aquasphere, Promotion, Xterra, and more.

  • Putting on & taking off a wetsuit: Apply any non-petroleum lubricant like Body Glide, cooking oil spray, butt balm, et cetera on neck, wrists, ankles to prevent chafing and aid faster removal of the suit.  Start with pulling the suit on your calves and slowly work your way up to torso.  You want to pull from inside the suit because nails easily puncture the outer layer.

  • When to buy a wetsuit: Best prices are found in the fall and early winter when retailers are clearing older inventory and selling the previous season’s rental suits.  If there’s a specific brand you like, it may be worth it to get on their mailing list so you are notified about sales and deals.  And check local list serves like craigslist for used suits.

  • Just a few of the places that sell swim gear: Endurance Sports (Mukilteo), Speedy Reedy (Seattle), REI. Online:,,

2014 Open Water Swim Clinics

We gave our open water swim clinics this past weekend and here’s what folks say about them!

Thank you for providing so much information-your team did a great job of preparing me for open water swimming!  What a great service you provide for all of us who want to spend time in the beautiful water that surrounds us!” – Kim

The open water swim clinic was a great introduction to the swimming portion of a triathlon. All members of the instructor team gave great tips on what to expect at an event and how to prepare for it. Well worth my time and investment!” – Ryan

Open water swimming presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool. Swimming in the lakes and salt water surrounding South Whidbey is a delightful experience when the challenges of open water are safely managed. Whether you are a new swimmer, a triathlete, or interested in endurance swimming, come learn techniques or refresh your skills for mastering the open water. Enjoy ‘swimming in your own backyard!’

Open Water Swim Clinics

Saturday, July 12, 3:00-6:00pm, Seawall Park & swimming in Saratoga Passage

Sunday, July 13, 3:00-6:00pm, Goss Lake Public Access Area & swimming in Goss Lake

Course topics covered in both classes, but customized for the aquatic environment (sound or lake):

Sighting Techniques

Starts, Finishes & Turns

Pacing for the open water

Breathing Techniques

Swimming Safety

Training & Fueling

Open Water Swim Gear

Wetsuits 101: sizing, choosing, putting it on

Currents & Tides, Weather & Critters

‘Getting Past the Panic’

Price: $40 per clinic; scholarships available

To register:

The instruction team is comprised of very experienced open water USA Masters swimmers and Red Cross trained water safety instructors.

Note, the Whidbey Adventure Swim, scheduled for August 2nd, is an open water event in the sound that may be of interest for stronger swimmers. The July 12th saltwater clinic is ideal for swimmers interested in participating in this event, as well as swimmers who are looking to take advantage of the wonderful saltwater swimming opportunities here on the island. More information about this event can be found at:

The July 13th clinic in Goss Lake will be a great way for triathlon swimmers to refresh their open water racing skills and those who are new to open water swimming.