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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 art.design.mercantile., 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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Why Limit Yourself To The Pool? 2017 Open Water Swim Clinics

Open water swimming presents unique challenges over swimming in a pool, but is a delightful experience when those challenges 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!

2017 Open Water Swim Clinics

Saturday, July 1st   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Goss Lake Public Access Area & swimming in Goss Lake

Sunday, July 2nd   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Seawall Park & swimming in Saratoga Passage

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


Clinics are $40 each; scholarships are available. Register directly through the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District here.

Course Details

The July 1st 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.

The July 2nd saltwater clinic is ideal for swimmers who are looking to take advantage of the wonderful saltwater swimming opportunities here on the island.

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

  • 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’

Clinic proceeds benefit the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation.

5th Annual Edible Book Festival , March 25th, 2017

The Edible Book Festival is returning to Whidbey Island

Bring an entry – or just come ready to eat one!

Brought back for a fourth helping, the annual South Whidbey Edible Book Festival returns on April 2nd. The Festival is seeking clever cooks and hungry readers to participate in this annual international celebration of books, art and food. It is both a contest and fundraising event – this year all proceeds will benefit The South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation. We will donate the funds to Healthy Island Youth Initiative.

The guidelines are – it can look like a book, it can act like a book, it can be a pun on a book. It can be inspired by a book cover or character. The only rule: it must be edible! Contestants may enter an appetizer, entree or dessert so get creative and have some fun. All entrees should be family friendly.

Entering is free! Categories include Best In Show, Best Visual Presentation, Most “Pun”derful, Most Appetizing, and Best Kid’s (under 16). Winners are chosen by an audience vote.

The event is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Bayview Hall on April 2nd. Once voting is done and the winners are announced, forks will be provided. Attendance and book entries are free.  Preregistration of entries is highly appreciated. Donations are encouraged to benefit the Healthy Island Youth Initiative.

To see examples, get inspiration, and register an entry, visit the event’s Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Whidbey-Edible-Book-Festival/809055852568614