Couve Clover Run – 3, 7 & 10 miles
March 19, 2023
Vancouver WA

Couve Clover Run – 3, 7 & 10 miles
March 20, 2022
Vancouver WA

Couve Clover Run – 3, 7 & 10 miles
March 20, 2022
Vancouver WA

About The Race

RUN, GIVE BACK & PARTY on Vancouver’s Waterfront!
Join us for the 9th Annual Couve Clover Run and celebrate in your festive green while running or walking 3, 7 or 10 miles along an extremely fast and scenic course to support local charities! We will make you earn your post-event party but it will be off the charts hosted by Why Racing Events and other downtown Vancouver Pubs & Breweries.

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, and more. The course is mostly flat with a couple of short hills.

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Check out how much fun we had last year at the Couve Clover Run!

Date & Time

03/19/2023

9:00 AM sharp – Please show up at 8:30 at the latest to get organized, enjoy all the pre-race entertainment and make sure we start on time.

Location Details

             Vancouver Waterfront Park

695 Waterfront Way, Vancouver, WA 98660

Event Highlights & Post-event Festivities

 

Prize for Most Festive Costume so think GREEN!

Technical Runner’s t-shirt

Finisher’s Medal

Couve Clover Gloves

Finisher Pint Glass

Swag Bag full of awesome goodies!

Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!

Packet Pickup Details

Registration package pick-up location changes so pay attention to the times and days listed below.  If you are unable to pick up at any of the times listed below, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com to make other arrangements.

Packet Pickup -

SATURDAY MARCH 18th 10 AM to 6 PM -  Foot Traffic Vancouver

305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

SUNDAY MARCH 19th 7 AM to 9 AM - Vancouver Waterfront Park

695 Waterfront Way., Vancouver, WA 98660

Awards & Course Records

3 Mile:

2017 – Robert McLauchlan 15:22:34

2016 – Francine Neilampa 18:25

7 Mile:

2018 – Willy Sayers – 42:42

2017 – Allison Wrightson 46:33:74

10 Mile:

2017 – Jason Griffiths 55:20:63

2022 – Fiona Moriarty 1:04:01

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

Awards for the Top 3 Overall Male & Female and Master Champions for all distances

Top 3 Age Group Winners in the following categories

9 and under, 10-14, 15-19yrs, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70-74yrs, 75-79yrs, 80+

We will host a virtual awards ceremony for both the live and virtual events on Thursday, March 25th at 7 PM PST.  Please check your post race recap for additional information and link. 

There is not a Walking category for awards due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

Award Criteria:

If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards. You must choose one or the other

Beneficiaries

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools was established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools as a vision of Dr. Jim Parsley, the Superintendent of VPS from 1980 to 2002. Dr. Parsley saw what students came to school “without.” To help meet those needs, he established the Vancouver School District Foundation, the first K-12 educational foundation in the region.

Share is a local Vancouver non-profit that provides shelters for individuals and families who experience homelessness, a Hot Meals program that provides free meals to the public, and Individual Development Accounts savings programs to help buy a home, car or pursue education.  They also support Lincoln Place, a 30-unit permanent supportive housing apartment complex.

Joe and Sheryl Stephens formed Our City Cares, which exists to unite city governments, businesses, schools, non-profits, and churches to combat the tragedy of suicide. The problem is too massive for one entity to combat. It will take a united effort.  It will in fact take a City that Cares. 

WHY COMMUNITY provides at-risk populations with the opportunity to register and cross the finish line of various runs and multi-sport events, ultimately boosting their self-esteem and belief that they can accomplish anything.

Partners

Exclusive Health & Wellness Partner

At PeaceHealth we carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way. At PeaceHealth, the fulfillment of our Mission is our shared purpose.

Exclusive Specialty Running Store

Foot Traffic has been locally owned and operated for over 18 years with 5 different locations including Freemont, Downtown Portland, Sellwood, Cedar Hills and Vancouver.  Foot Traffic set out to be more than Oregon’s premiere running & walking shoe stores and was founded on the principle that a small business has a far more salient purpose than simply selling great running shoes, apparel & accessories. Their commitment is to the betterment of runners and walkers and the community. They definitely live their mission hosting free runs weekly at all their stores, directing three world-class running events, hosting numerous training clinics and donating to various local schools, teams and non-profits.

Exclusive Banking Partner & Photo Sponsor

At IQ Credit Union we serve local communities in SW Washington and are reachable across the entire nation. We’re like a bank. Only better!

Exclusive Partner

Corwin Beverage is a fourth-generation, family owned and operated business. We serve our original territory of Vancouver as well as Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties. For 75 years, our offerings have grown to a product line of more than 300 beverages to fit any lifestyle. We distribute beverages including Pepsi, Dr Pepper, MTN Dew, Gatorade, many waters, juices, hot coffee and tea

Exclusive Personal Training Partner

NWPT is passionately committed to their mission of changing people’s lives around the world by helping them adopt a more healthy and fit lifestyle so they look and feel their best. Their primary focus is to ensure their clients achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Nothing brings their trainers more joy than knowing they have positively impacted someone’s life.

Exclusive Vehicle Partner

At McCord’s Vancouver Toyota our mission is simple- offer the best possible product and provide an experience that matches that quality. Our slogan of “We Make it Easy” is something we aspire to for our employees and our customers. We know if we make it easy internally then our customers will benefit and receive that same easy experience.
We look forward to your visit!

Exclusive Central Oregon Tourism Partner

Central Oregon is home to the cities of BendRedmondSistersLa PinePrineville, and Madras, Warm Springs and the resort community of Sunriver. Start your vacation planning with a place to stay. In Central Oregon, you will find some of the finest outdoor adventures with places for paddling, hiking, cycling, golfing and dining al fresco in the summer. In winter, areas of the High Desert turn into a snowy playground with skiing, snowboarding, sledding and ice skating. It doesn’t hurt that, whatever the season, we are home to some of the country’s top craft breweries, unique boutiques for tax-free shopping, and world-class restaurants to please every lifestyle and budget. #Adventure Calls

Exclusive Bakery Partner

Franz Bakery is a long-time valued partner of Why Racing Events. Franz Bakery is a fourth-generation, family-owned baking company based in Portland, specializing in fresh and delicious bread, buns, bagels, cookies and pastries including healthy, organic, gluten-free options. And being a true NW bakery, their products include only the highest quality ingredients, baked fresh daily!

Exclusive Energy bar Partner

 WHY BARS – A health-conscious company that values the importance of the mind, body, and spiritual connection.

Sponsors

Waste Connections of Washington, Inc. Since 1997, they have provided solid waste collection, transfer and recycling services for residents and businesses of Clark County, Washington. Waste Connections is proud to live in and serve the cities of Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt, as well as unincorporated and rural areas of Clark County.

At AMR our mission is to be patient focused, customer centered and caregiver inspired—making a difference by caring for people in need.

XTERRA Wetsuits strives to make your swim faster and more comfortable, and to offer you the highest performing triathlon wetsuit at the best value. 

Powerbar – Fueling Champions for 30 Plus Years

Get updates from Race Center about upcoming events, exclusive race discounts and promotions, training advice, race results and more.

The Gatorade Company provides sports performance innovations designed to meet the needs of athletes at all competitive levels and across a broad range of sports. Backed by more than a 40 year history of studying the best athletes in the world and grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Gatorade provides scientifically formulated products to meet the sports fueling needs of athletes in all phases of athletic activity.

DAVES KILLER BREAD – Our commitment to uncompromising taste, texture, and quality is what makes Dave’s Killer Bread different. It’s what makes it the Best Bread in the Universe. It’s what makes it America’s #1 Organic Bread. But we do more than just bake killer bread. Dave’s story of turning his life around inspires us every day to look beyond someone’s past, to see their potential. 

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is a full-service real estate company serving SW Washington and Oregon. We are locally owned and operated, and we are part of a global referral network with over 24,000 agents and 1,000 offices. Our agile leadership and talented staff empower our brokers with advanced technology, world-class marketing, and proactive support that helps them focus on serving you. We foster a culture of giving back to the communities where we work and live, and we appreciate an opportunity to earn your business.

Twigs Bistro And Martini Bar – Serving chef-crafted American food and specialty cocktails in amazingly comfortable locales. Every Twigs is created with one goal… to provide an exceptional experience for our guests. We’re family owned and operated and most proud to support local suppliers for fresh produce and meats which are highlighted on our weekly fresh sheets.

Big Town Hero – At Big Town Hero we have taste for the finer things. This becomes evident in the amount of attention we pay in every ingredient we use to create our hand crafted sandwiches. We promise to bring you only the best. Visit our downtown Vancouver location on Broadway & Evergreen Blvd. 

Kids Events

Kids 12 and under get to register for FREE and kids 13 ~ 17 receive 50% off on their registration!

FAQ’s

Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet?

Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled “Registration & Packet Pickup”. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com

Are headsets, earbuds or any type of personal music device allowed in this race?

We prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running.  To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.
•    If you chose to use a personal music device, we ask that you always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud should be used at any time.  
•    We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.  

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 at Union Chapel. 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.

How many porta-potties will you have at the start/finish area?
  • We’ve ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! Hopefully, the lines will be minimal!
  • Main Event, Union Chapel and other businesses along Main Street will also 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 mile

Where should my family go to cheer me along?

Good spots for your loved ones are:

  • Beaches Restaurant (7 & 10 mile)
  • Fort Vancouver Area (all races at the start)
  • Officer’s Row (all races at the start)
  • And of course, the finish line in front of Main Event

Just remind spectators 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! 

Are Dogs allowed on course?

Unfortunately due to insurance requirements, only Service Dogs are allowed on course and must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started.

Are strollers allowed on course?

Yes, but due to insurance requirements, strollers must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started. With that said, 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.

Travel & Accommodations

Travel & Accommodations

There is so much to do in our beautiful city of Vancouver WA. Make it a full weekend and enjoy so much of what our city and the surrounding area has to offer.

View the following video for a glimpse of all there is to do in Vancouver WA. Plus Portland OR is literally right across the river so come for the weekend or stay a week or more and soak it all in!

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 Reservation *

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Call our front desk directly at (360) 750-1100

701 S.E. Columbia Shores Blvd., Vancouver, Washington, 98661, USA

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!

Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar– One of our Event Sponsors and a local favorite!

Big Town Hero –  One of our Event Sponsors. Visit their Vancouver store on Broadway and Evergreen Blvd.

Beaches – A local favorite spot with an amazing view!

DOSALAS Latin Kitchen & Tequila Bar – DOSALAS brings the flavors of Latin America to the Vancouver Waterfront.

Maryhill Winery Vancouver Tasting Room– An immersive tasting experience in Vancouver’s redeveloped waterfront district

WildFin American Grill  – Watch the river roll by with Mt. Hood in the background as you enjoy casual waterfront dining at its best.

Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar“Fantastic burgers, great service, and darn good adult beverages!”

Kafiex Roasters Gastro Cafe – A specialty coffee shop and roastery on Waterfront Way

The Yard Milkshake Bar– Check out their Vancouver Waterfront location!

Airfield Estates Winery Vancouver Tasting Room – Visit their tasting room on Waterfont Way

McMenamins on the Columbia– Great food and beer with a stunning view of the Columbia River!

The Cove Restaurant– A hidden gem of a restaurant located on the east end of our 10 mile race course!

Training & Preparation

Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit – an important part of getting to the finish line!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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.

Volunteers

This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!