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

Join us for the 8th 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 Main Event 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.

Race Starts in:








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

Date & Time


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

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 19th 10 AM to 6 PM

at Foot Traffic Vancouver, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

Awards & Course Records

3 Mile:

2017 – Robert McLauchlan 15:22.3

2016 – Francine Neilampa 18:25

7 Mile:

2018 – Willy Sayers – 42:42

2017 – Allison Wrightson 46:33.7

10 Mile:

2017 – Jason Griffiths 55:20.6

2019 – Ashley Althaus 1:07:34

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



The Couve Clover Run supports a variety of local charities. 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 registration@whyracingevents.com to get your Charity Team Code

Everyone who registers on your team gets a 10% discount 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!

Kids Events

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


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 *


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

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


Here’s a list of great local restaurants to help you carb up on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to make reservations early!

Main Event – One of our Event Sponsors and owned by some very fun, cool guys!

McMenamins  –  One of our Event Sponsors , one of our aid stations is located right out the front doors of the restaurant. Amazing views of the Columbia River and McMenamins will be open at 9:00AM on race day for spectators to view athletes as they run along the river and enjoy their awesome Irsih Menu from St. Paddy’s Day!

Beaches – One of our aid stations with fabulous views of the Columbia River

Warehouse 23 – A great restaurant with beautiful views.

Heathen Brewing – Great beer and good eats!

Jorges Tequila Factory – Tacos and Tequila!

Elements Restaurant – An intimate dining experience, with a direct connection to Chef Miguel Sosa. Honest, Simple, Inventive, Beautiful, Detailed & Creative dishes 

The Rock Woodfire Pizza

Little Italy

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.


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!

Event Partners

We’re honored to partner with these great companies to provide you the absolute best race experience. We couldn’t do it without them so please show them the LOVE and support them as a thank you for all they do for our community.





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WHY Racing Events Inc.
1108 NE 146th Street, Suite J
Vancouver, WA 98685

Phone: (360) 314-4682
Email: info@whyracingevents.com