Couve Clover Run - 3, 7 & 10 miles


Event Details 03/22/2015 9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.


About The Race

Run, Give Back & Party at Main Event & Dublin Down

We will make you earn your post-event party by running or walking 3, 7 or 10 miles but it will be off the charts hosted by Main Event, Dublin Down and other downtown Vancouver Pubs & Breweries.


Date

03/22/2015

9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.


Location

800 Main Street between 8th & 9th Ave in downtown Vancouver in front of Main Event and Dublin Down


Map & Directions

From I5 going South
Take 1-5 to the City Center/Mill Plain/Port of Vancouver Exit #1C. Veer to the right at the bottom of the ramp. Get into the left lane safely but immediately. Turn left at Main street. Start/Finish is in front of Main Event & Dublin down at 800 Main St. Parking is free on the weekends.

From Portland - 15 going North
Take I-5 to City Center/6 th Street Exit #1B. Stay straight off the ramp which turns into "C" St. Turn left on 8th. Continue to Main Street. Start/Finish is in front of Main Event & Dublin down at 800 Main St. Parking is free on the weekends.

From Highway 14
Take Highway 14 West to the City Center Exit. Stay straight which turns into "C" St. Turn left on 8th. Continue to Main Street. Start/Finish is in front of Main Event & Dublin down at 800 Main St. Parking is free on the weekends.

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Activities

Post-event Festivities on Sunday March 22nd

• Soup courtesy of Harry’s warmed for you & Green Beer at Main Event
• Hot Chocolate & Coffee at Calvary Downtown Church
• Irish Coffee or Irish Draught Beer at Dublin Down
• 500 Green Cupcakes donated by Divine Consign
• Chocolate & fudge and other savory treats at the finish line
• Prize for Most Festive Costume so think GREEN!


Awards & Celebrations

Every runner/walker is a winner in our eyes! But to reward those speedsters, here’s what we’ve come up with:

• Awards for the Top 3 Overall Male & Female for all distances

• Top 3 Age Group Winners in all distances will be emailed a certificate that they can print and frame as a reminder of their accomplishment or post on social media and brag about what a Beast they are!

19 and under, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70+

Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.


Beneficiary

The Charity of YOUR Choice!

The Couve Clover Run supports a variety of local charities. Pick a cause that you feel passionate about and find out if they have a team that you can support. If a charity team gets 50 or more members, $5 from each person’s registration will go to that charity. It’s an easy and fun way to raise money for an important cause.
If your favorite cause has not yet registered a team, contact their director and encourage them to register a team and get a code. Then all they have to do is promote to all their supporters, encourage them to register and once they hit 50 registrants, they collect a check. So if they get 100 people to register using their code, that’s an easy $500 to their cause. If they inspire 200 people to register, that’s $1000 that can go a long way to helping their mission.

Creating a Charity Team:
• Contact shantina@nwpersonaltraining.com to get your Charity Team Code
• Everyone who registers under your team gets $5 off registration so there is a benefit to them to join your team! Team members do not need to race in the same distance.
• Once your Charity Team hits 50 people, your charity will receive $5 per entrant. The more people you inspire, the more money you can raise for your cause.
• The cause can be a sporting team, school, church, play group, or club. It could be a women’s, children’s or men’s cause. It could be a local biking, running or hiking club. A company could encourage employees to enroll and pick a charity that the company aligns with. There’s a lot of ways to support a lot of causes in our community!


What to Bring

Bring the obvious - running/walking shoes & gear, your bib number, your chip timing piece etc. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you're dressed correctly, it shouldn't matter. If it's raining, you may want to layer with a water-proof running jacket. If it's cold, wear some running gloves. Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, under the 'girls' aka breast area, inner thighs, feet). Also notice we're using Chip Timing to more accurately track your pace and placement. Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and be sure to step over the timing mats at the start and finish. At the end of the event, you must remove your Chip Timing Piece right at the finish line. Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket. And watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile!

Plus remember to bring a warm, clean change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities.

As a reminder, if your family is going to be cheering you along en route, remind them to bring cowbells, music, fun signs and pom poms to help keep your energy up along the course. Drop subtle hints to your family and loved ones about how much you’d love for them to have flowers and balloons for you at the finish line.


Special Instructions

Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.

If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

There is no fee to transfer to the same event or to a shorter distance, however, if you are transferring up to the 10 mile distance, you will need to pay the difference in event fees. There will be no refunds to transferring to a shorter distance.

If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at shantina@nwpersonaltraining.com to confirm this year's registration asap!


Kid's Events

Most kids will enjoy the 3 mile run/walk and we are offering discounted rates for the youngsters.


FAQ's

Are Jogger strollers allowed? Well, 7 and 10 miles for the kiddos might be a little much especially if the weather is poor. Unless you don’t mind hearing “Mom/Dad, How much longer?” for a couple hours. Plus it might be a little dangerous for your fellow walkers and runners to try to maneuver around you because some of the areas overlap and the intersections can be a little tight! But if you want to run with a stroller, you can do the 3 mile course but just start at the very end to help make sure you don’t run into anyone. Your time won’t start until you pass over the timing mat so it won’t affect your race time too much.

Are Ipods and headsets allowed?  Yes, we understand that many of us could not run or walk for one block without music so just please keep the volume down so you can hear course marshal instructions and be aware of traffic. 

Can I pick up my friend’s race package?  Yes, just please be sure you have the correct spelling of their name and their contact info so we can verify you have the correct package.

Will you offer a Bag Check: Yes! If you would like to leave items at the start/finish area, we will provide a Bag-check location. We ask that you place your belongings in a bag with your first and last name and Bib # clearly taped to the outside of the bag so we can easily identify your bag. We will ask you to show your Bib # when you pick up your bag at the finish. Please understand that we can't be responsible for your valuables so anything of value, please lock in your car.  

 Can I switch my t-shirt size?  Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands. If the size of the 'shirt' you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt' swap area at the Bag check after the race. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap but will do our best to accommodate your need.

Can I use roller blades, a bike or skateboard? Unfortunately, for liability reasons, no bikes, skateboards or rollerblades are allowed.

Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only?  We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

Can I get a refund or transfer my registration to next year or to someone else?  There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.

If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

There is no fee to transfer to the same event or to a shorter distance, however, if you are transferring up to the 10 mile distance, you will need to pay the difference in event fees. There will be no refunds to transferring to a shorter distance. 

If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at shantina@nwpersonaltraining.com to confirm this year's registration asap!

Why don’t you have race packet pickup on race day?  It's always so crazy on Sunday morning and it makes it easier on everyone, you included, if you take care of this on Friday or Saturday. But if it is absolutely impossible for you to pick up on Friday or Saturday, don’t worry we will accommodate you. We just want to try to minimize the craziness of hundreds and hundreds of people trying to take care of this last minute.

Why won’t you let me register on Race Day?  For the same reason as above.  It gets so crazy on race day and we want to focus all of our energy on taking care of all the people who have pre-registered.  But again, if you come down and you really want to race and weren’t able to pre-register for whatever reason, we will probably take care of you. But if you can, sign up ahead of time so we can pre-order t-shirt sizes and everything we need so we’re not guessing on total numbers. You know what it’s like when you’re trying to host a party and you don’t know who and how many are coming! Thanks so much for understanding!

How many porta-potties will you have at the start/finish area?

  • We've ordered 30 Porta-potties for the start/finish! Hopefully, the lines will be minimal!
  • Plus Main Event, Dublin Down and other businesses along Main Street will have bathrooms available for participants.

How many porta-potties will be on the Course: Fortunately, there are plenty of bathroom opportunities along the course. We'll post signs at each opportunity – typically at about every 2 miles.

Where should my family go to cheer me along?  Good spots for your loved ones are:

  • Beaches Restaurant
  • Fort Vancouver Area
  • Officer's Row
  • And of course, the finish line in front of Main Event & Dublin Down 

Just remind them to be careful if they are going to drive along the course to cheer you on at various locations.  And also remind them to make awesome signs for you, bring their cowbells to help keep your energy up and flowers for the finish line! 


Travel & Accomodations

For our out of town guests, if you are flying, you will need to schedule your flight arriving into Portland Oregon. The event start and finish and local hotels are a 20 minute cab ride from the airport.

Book your accommodations at one of the following hotels:

The Hilton Hotel
301 W. 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360.993.4500
www.vancouverwashington.hilton.com

Use Group Code: 606 o

Two Double Beds: $109.00(Single rate), $109.00(Double rate), $119.00(Triple rate), $129.00(Quad rate)

One King Bed: $114.00 (single rate), $114.00 (Double rate), $124.00(Triple rate), $134.00(Quad rate)

Walking Distance/Few blocks from the start/finish.

Comfort Inn and Suites
401 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 696-0411
http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-vancouver-washington-WA198

Northwest Personal Training Company Rate: $79.00 (room w/2 double beds), $84.99 (room w/2 queen beds), $89.99 (King Suite)

3 blocks from the start/finish.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver/Portland
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd
Vancouver WA 98661
360-750-1100
1-800-Call Home
www.vancouverportland.homewoodsuites.com

Located along the course on the waterfront and very easy to get to the start/finish.

Tell them that you are participating in the Couve Clover Run and you will get 10% off!

Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
100 Columbia St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360.694.8341
http://www.redlion.rdln.com/

Use code NWO to receive NWPT preferred rate of $79.95

10 blocks from the start/finish.


Restaurants

Here's a list of great local restaurants to help you carb up on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to make reservations early! There will be lots of gals looking for pasta!


Course Details

We believe this is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! We've designed the 3 miles, Lucky 7 miles and 10 mile courses to take you through some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver and it really highlights our wonderful community including historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, the Columbian Riverfront, Ester Short Park, Farmers Market and more. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills.

There are a few very important splits on the course that you will want to pay attention to. There will be signage and volunteers instructing you however, you will need to pay attention and follow the instructions. Note, please don’t decide to change the event you registered for without officially letting us know or else it significantly affects result reports for everyone.

3.1 mile map
www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=556536

Lucky 7 mile map
www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=556537

10.25 mile map
www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=556538


Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost Includes

ENTRY FEES before January 22nd:

3 mile & Lucky 7 mile Couve Clover Run or Walk:
Adults: $45 (Individual entry) - Age 17 or older
Teams (15 or more entries) -- $40 per person – SAVE $5 (get your Team Code before you register!) Note: If your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will each be asked to $5 at Registration Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
Charity Team: If you get 50 or more team members, $5 of each entry will go to your Clark County Charity of Choice. Non-for-profits – get your teams together now!
Kids – 16 years and under - $20 per child
Note: Kids age 3 and younger are FREE but do not receive a t-shirt.

Couve Clover 10 mile Run or Walk:
Adults: $50 (Individual entry) - Age 17 or older
Teams (15 or more entries) -$45 per person – SAVE $5 (get your Team Code before you register!) Note: If your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will each be asked to $5 at Registration Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
Charity Teams: If you get 50 or more team members, $5 of each entry will go to your Clark County Charity of Choice. Non-for-profits – get your teams together now!
Kids – 16 years and under - $40

ENTRY FEES January 23rd – March 1st

3 mile & Lucky 7 mile Couve Clover Run or Walk:
Adults: $50 (Individual entry) - Age 17 or older
Teams (15 or more entries) -$45 per person – SAVE $5 (get your Team Code before you register!) Note: If your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will each be asked to $5 at Registration Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
Charity Team: If you get 50 or more team members, $5 of each entry will go to your Clark County Charity of Choice. Non-for-profits – get your teams together now!
Kids – 16 years and under - $25 per child
Note: Kids age 3 and younger are FREE but do not receive a t-shirt.

Couve Clover 10 mile Run or Walk:
Adults: $60 (Individual entry) - Age 17 or older
Teams (15 or more entries) - $55 per person – SAVE $5 (get your Team Code before you register!) Note: If your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will each be asked to $5 at Registration Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
Charity Team: If you get 50 or more team members, $5 of each entry will go to your Clark County Charity of Choice. Non-for-profits – get your teams together now!
Kids – 16 years and under - $45

ENTRY FEES March 2nd - Race

3 mile & Lucky 7 mile Couve Clover Run or Walk:
Adults: $55 (Individual entry) - Age 17 or older
Teams (15 or more entries) -$50 per person – SAVE $5 (get your Team Code before you register!) Note: If your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will each be asked to $5 at Registration Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
Charity Teams: f you get 50 or more team members, $5 of each entry will go to your Clark County Charity of Choice. Non-for-profits – get your teams together now!
Kids – 16 years and under - $30 per child
Note: Kids age 3 and younger are FREE but do not receive a t-shirt.

Couve Clover 10 mile Run or Walk:
Adults: $65 (Individual entry) - Age 17 or older
Teams (15 or more entries) - $60 per person – SAVE $5 (get your Team Code before you register!) Note: If your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will each be asked to $5 at Registration Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
Charity Team - If you get 50 or more team members, $5 of each entry will go to your Clark County Charity of Choice. Non-for-profits – get your teams together now!
Kids – 16 years and under - $50

There will be no race day registration to ensure a smooth race start and for the sanity of our volunteers.

Cost Includes: A great price for a fun event, runner's shirt, cool medal, music, food, beer & so much more!
• Technical Runner's t-shirt
• Finisher's Medal
• Post-event food, soup, green beer, Irish Draught Beer, Hot Chocolate/Coffee, Cupcakes & more
• Post-event festivities
• Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
• Giving back to the Community - Priceless!


Registration Details

Register Now

Call 360.574.7292 for more information


Packet Pickup Details

Northwest Personal Training
1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660
360.574.7292

Please pick up your goody bags, bib #, shirts and chip pieces at the Friday and Saturday time slots listed below. Plus it will give you the opportunity to scope out the start/finish area. Note, we do not have packet pick-up scheduled for Sunday but if it is absolutely impossible for you to pick up on Friday or Saturday we will accommodate you. It's always so crazy on Sunday morning and it makes it easier on everyone, you included, if you take care of this on Friday or Saturday.

• Friday March 20th from 12pm-7:00pm - If you live in the Vancouver area, we strongly encourage you to come on Friday which should offer shorter line-ups. If you live in Oregon, we suggest coming over on Friday before 3pm - later than that, traffic can be crazy trying to get over the bridge.
• Saturday March 21st from 8:00am-5:00pm


Training & Preparation

Be sure to train with us at Northwest Personal Training so you can be in the best shape of your life and cross the finish line. We will be hosting Training clinics to help ensure you get to the finish line! Call us at 360.574.7292 for more details.

General Running Program Design: Here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program. Please call us at 360.574.7292 to help you customize your program to your needs.

  1. If you are not running consistently right now, start with a Learn to Run program that will start with 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking and gradually progress adding 1 minute of running per session per week and reduce walking until you can comfortably run non-stop.
  2. As you progress your weekly long runs, do not increase your volume any more than 10-20% every 1-2 weeks.  Be more conservative if you are more prone to injury.
  3. Try not to run 2 days in a row if possible.  Running exposes your body to a lot of impact and it is helpful to allow your body time to recover in between running workouts, especially if you are prone to injury.
  4. Allow for one full recovery day per week. It doesn’t mean you have to lay around watching TV and eating bon bons all day but it’s a good idea to have one day a week when you aren’t concerned about getting into your training zone and instead, allow your body a day’s rest from impact and intensity.
  5. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and consult with an expert to help determine the right show for your body.  Check out the following column where I discuss in the details the key pointers on getting the right running shoe for you.  http://blogs.columbian.com/sherri-mcmillan/2014/07/22/choosing-right-athletic-shoes/
  6. If possible, run on packed, level dirt, trails, or grass, which are a lot easier on your body.  If running through the city, paved roads (asphalt) are easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks (cement).  Just watch for traffic and always run in the opposite direction of cars so you can react if needed.
  7. Before you begin any run or run/walk workout, start with a 6-12 minute walk.  This will allow your heart rate and breathing rate to increase gradually, your body temperature to rise and prepare your muscles for the workout.  Once you've completed your warm-up, complete the following dynamic joint movements to take your lower body joints through their full range of motion in a slow, controlled fashion.  Start with one leg in front of the other.
  8. Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf.  Repeat 10-15x.
  9. Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock).  Repeat 10-15x
  10. Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh).  Repeat 10-15x.
  11. Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh).  Repeat 10-15x.
  12. Now hold your knee up and balance while doing 10 ankle circles one way and then the other way. 
    Repeat this sequence on the other leg.
    Then perform a 20 fast toe taps on each leg and 20 heel raises. 
    You're now ready to start your workout.  Ease into your training zone.
  13. Finish each workout with a 6-12 minute walk to cool down the body and flush out the legs, which helps with recovery.
  14. Once you have completed each workout including warm-up and cool-down, be sure you save enough time to lengthen and release.  This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing injuries and to aid in the recovery process. If you don’t foam roll regularly, please call us at 360.574.7292 so we can schedule you in to show you a few critical release techniques.
  15. Implement muscle strength and endurance training into your program.  As you run, the muscles of your lower body absorb the forces.  As your muscles fatigue, they lose their shock absorbing abilities and the forces are absorbed more through your bones and joints.  If you strength train, your muscles become stronger, are better able to absorb impact, take longer to fatigue and are better able to generate greater force leading to faster running speeds.  The ability of a muscle to resist fatigue helps reduce the incidence of injury. Research has shown the areas that suffer the largest amount of stress include the feet, the shins, the back, knees and the hip.  Therefore, a specific program that addresses these areas must be followed if long-term running is a goal.  Luckily you don't need to spend a great deal of time in the weight room to experience these benefits.  All you'll need to do is 1 set of 8-20 reps of a variety of exercises two times per week.  This equates to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week.  We're hoping that those of you who want to minimize your risk for injury and enhance your running performance, will be able to find the motivation and time to fit these short workouts in.  If you do not have a personalized weight training program, we strongly encourage you to invest in a few sessions with a trainer, so they can design a program for you.  This will ensure you’re not wasting any time during your workouts.
  16. Incorporate cross training into your program.  We'd rather see an exerciser run 3x/week and compliment their program with swimming, cycling, resistance training and fitness classes rather than run 6x/week.  Cross training will maintain a greater balance to your program and your body and keep your program exciting.
  17. Consider how you run.  Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot.  But there is actually a science.  Go to the following link for a blog about Effective Running Technique. http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/09/29/running-program-week-8/ In fact, there is an 11 week Running Program series chock full of great information for those of you who are starting your running career! :-)

Tapering: At about 2 weeks from race day, it's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity. This is more important for the longer distances.

Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After the event:

  • Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner on Friday and Saturday night should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. For example, a chicken/tofu and vegetable pasta with half marinara/cream is a nice option. Or a Vegetable, Meat/Tofu stir-fry with brown rice is a good option. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
  • On Sunday morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. bread, cereal, bagel, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
  • During the event, take water at each of the 6 aid stations - approximately every 2 miles on course. Even just a few sips will help. When you take your water cup, try squeezing the top of your cup together to create a narrow opening, so as you drink, you don't inhale and choke on too much water. If you feel you may require more water or fuel than this, please be sure to carry it with you. Some runners/walkers like to have a little bit of sugar for a longer race- we'll have PowerBar Gels and Fluid Replacement Drink at all the aid stations to give you that last little push to the finish.
  • Post event - Congratulations! Be sure to get some fluids - especially the energy drink that Corwin will provide - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit, bagels, energy bar and soup that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. Harry's has donated soup which taste so good after a good run/walk. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! :)

Race Day Mental Prep:  Have Fun! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how well you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best but remember to pace yourself! You've already won just by showing up!


Sponsors & Exhibitors


Our Partners

POWERBAR

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A huge thank you to PowerBar for supplying energy bars and gels to keep us going strong to the finish line!

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CORWIN

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A huge thank you to Corwin for keeping us hydrated and supplying all of our hydration needs for the Girlfriend's Half Marathon.

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We want to thank the Clark County Washington Reserve Unit for helping to keep our race participants safe!
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Once you cross the finish line, walk right into Main Event where their amazing crew will have warm soup courtesy of Harry's Fresh Foods and GREEN beer waiting for you! There is nothing like a warm and dry location right at the finish line where you can hang with friends and share your race stories!
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As soon as you finish your race, the crew at Dublin Down will treat all participants to an Irish Coffee or Irish Draught Beer right at the finish line! Warm, dry and fun Irish Pub right at the finish line waiting to reward you for your accomplishment!
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Partnership Opportunities

Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community. They are loyal to brands that support their mission towards a healthy body, mind, spirit and world.

These athletes are strong consumers of:

  • Health & Wellness services such as Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Personal Training and Coaching. They break it down and need you to build it back up again and keep them healthy, fit and strong.
  • Bicycles – A Triathlete will often spend more money on their bike and accessories than they do on vital services!
  • Running Shoes – Every runner/triathlete recognizes the importance of a good pair of shoes and once they connect and have success with your brand, they become die-hard, loyal customers and brand ambassadors by default.
  • Active Gear & Clothing – Runners & Triathletes will spend a lot of money on tights, compression socks, waterproof clothing, running vests, water-proof jackets, hats, and gloves that make them more comfortable and able to endure the elements better. They also love shirts with fun, witty captions!
  • Technical Gadgets – Runners & Triathletes are often technological geeks and love GPS systems and downloadable products that allow them to track and analyze their performances
  • Energy Drinks, Bars & Jells – Competitive athletes require healthy, quick energy products and when they find the product that works for them, they rarely waiver and again become brand ambassadors and advocates.
  • Fast, cool cars – Runners & Triathletes have a need for speed and it’s not limited to their bikes. They love cool, fast, sporty vehicles that allow them to get outdoors!
  • Beer & Wine – Yes, serious athletes do enjoy drinking! Isn’t that why they train so hard?!
  • Restaurants – They train hard & eat big to refuel. They are often foodies always looking for the next go-to restaurant.
  • Financial Services – They are an educated, wealthy group and are smart enough to know they need to develop a plan for their financial future

Why Racing Events Inc., is the largest producers of Multi-Sport Events in the Northwest. We can provide you with the opportunity to gain brand recognition and loyalty of thousands of triathletes, runners, cyclists and walkers. We value businesses that provide high-quality products and relevant services which allow our athletes to thrive and to achieve their goals. We look for partnerships with companies which are creative and which help enhance our events and our athletes’ experiences.

We take our partnerships very seriously and recognize that both parties must benefit to assure a win:win arrangement. We offer a diverse range of sponsorship packages tailored to align seamlessly with your company’s marketing goals and provide a dynamic environment for delivering your corporate message and introducing your relevant products or services to this desirable target audience.

  • Title, Presenting, Gold, Silver, Bronze & Copper Penny options – We can tailor a sponsorship package to work with your budget!
  • Vendor Opportunities – Get face to face with our athletes and their family & friends and showcase your products and/or services
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media
    • Recognition in email and direct athlete correspondence
    • Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media platforms
    • Logo on event promotional fliers and posters
    • Logo on event products – ie t-shirts, goody bags, water bottles
    • Coupon/Promotional material in goody bags or online virtual goody bags
    • Company banners posted at events
    • Sponsor recognition during race announcements

For information on vendor opportunities at specific events and sponsorship opportunities for Why Racing Events Inc. please contact us at sponsorships@whyracingevents.com or complete the information below.

We’re always happy to discuss the possibilities of creating a win/win partnership with you!

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Volunteers

This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. Have them complete the info below or email volunteer@whyracingevents.com

And remember, there's no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event. So be extra-nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, Officers, and anyone helping out. Thank them as often as possible because we have been told we have the best volunteers ever and we want them to all come back next year! :-)

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Results & Photos

Hey all you Lucky Leprechauns!


What an amazing Inaugural Couve Clover Run! I’m so happy we got to share this first one with all of you! There are so many highlights that I don’t even know where to start so I’ll start with some of the obvious:

  • THE COSTUMES – Wow!!! Thank you so much for your spirit!  From the green hair and makeup, green tutus, Leprechauns, clover socks, Rainbows, kilts and more, this event was one of the most fun to watch!
  • The Molly Malone Dancers were such fun entertainment as we were getting ready to start.
  • The Couve Clover Run shirts look AWESOME on you!
  • The medals were big and looked beautiful around your necks. Put them somewhere visible so every day you can be reminded of your accomplishment
  • The fun Top Winner packages with Commemorative plaques, Lucky Charms, Lottery Ticket and Power Gels
  • Green Beer and Warm Soup at Main Event
  • Irish Cocktail at Dublin Down
  • Cupcakes & Pampering Station at Divine Consign
  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Cookies at Calvary Church
  • We hope you like your new Why Racing Events goody bag and water bottle!
  • The massage! A huge thank you to all of the therapists and trainers that helped ease some of our muscle pain!
  • DJ Bobby Brown from Star Productions! Thank you so much for all the energy & the music was amazing!
  • Multiple non-profits who will benefit from this event - we will send a separate email listing the final donations once completed so you can see how much you all helped out!
    • SHARE House – providing support for the Homeless
    • SWEAP – preventing Elderly Abuse
    • CDM – Caregiving Services
    • Children’s Center
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Educational Service District 112
    • Green Feet
    • National Institution for Mental Illness
    • On your Mark – honoring Mark Lander and his fight with Lung Cancer
    • Run & Grub to support Battle Buddies
    • North County Food Bank
  • Volunteers: We are biased but we are convinced we have the best volunteers and team on the planet! We can’t name them all but our hope is all will be blessed in some way in return for their generosity and serving attitude. We do need to mention a few people who always go above. Shantina, our event director, responsible for event logistics (and her husband Sam who has been pulled into all of this!), Stephanie Foster, our Director of Marketing, Lilian Overby, our Registration Director, Judith Willis, our Volunteer Director, Robby Halterman, Justin Hughes, Irina Zagga, Rob Cloke, Derrick DeLay, Kristin Healy, Trevor Thomas - Director of Pampering, Lacy Thomas, Cindy Shrum and her entire family), Leah Minick, Cody McHaney, Sharon Ghormley,  Debralyn Cox, Gary Hinterlang, Matt Dalamata, Peter Clarke, Jay Golden, Mike Turnbull, Rod Schoene, Karrissa Schoene, Richard Jones, Roger Vaughn, Jim West, Brenda Lubbers Grindland and so many more Course Marshalls, Aid station crew and more …
  • There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Sponsors. So please join us in thanking Main Event, Dublin Down, Divine Consign, Calvary Church, BeigeBlond, Bob Windsor and the Deputy Reserve program, Corwin Beverage, Northwest Personal Training, SunRise Bagels, Harry’s Fresh Foods, PowerBar, Clarke Moving Inc., Waste Connections, Penrose Photography, Star Productions, American Medical Response, SweetSpot Skirts, Recharge, Relevant Coffee Roasters and the various local massage therapists - and the best way to thank these companies is to do business with them and to let them know you're doing business with them because you appreciate the support they have given to the Inauguaral Couve Clover Run and all the non-profits which will benefit from the event.
  • I also want to make a special shout out to Kiewit who has inspired more than 50 of their employees to do this event today and their team contribution will go to Boys & Girls Club!


Results are now posted online.  http://aasportsltd.com/events/results/


FREE Pass:  As a participant or volunteer for the Couve Clover Run, you receive a 2 week FREE Introductory pass to our studio.  So if you’d like to be a part of the same kind of energy every day and take your fitness to a whole new level, just email me at sherri@nwpersonaltraining.com and I’ll make sure you get all taken care of!  It’s really amazing to be around other go-getters just like you! We offer really fun classes including Indoor Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Muscle Conditioning, Bootcamps, Yoga, Pilates, Core Conditioning and more. 


Sherri McMillan

Owner, Why Racing Events


Shantina Fox

Event Director


Stephanie Foster

Marketing Director


Ps.  All the left-over soup and bagels were donated to SHARE House last night so you helped in more ways than you know!   


Pps.  Our next event is Saturday April 25th, the launch to our Multi-Sport season.  Click here for details for Spring Classic Duathlon along the beautiful and flat Marine Drive. It’s only 5 km run/walk, 15 mile bike & 5 km run/walk.  Let’s do this together! 

Register Here & Details:  http://aasportsltd.com/events/race/springclassic/



  • Date: 03/22/2015

  • Time: 9:00am sharp - Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized and ensure we start on time.

  • 800 Main Street between 8th & 9th Ave in downtown Vancouver in front of Main Event and Dublin Down

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