Event Details - Why Racing Events

Couve Clover Run - 3, 7 & 10 miles

Event Details 03/26/2017 9:00am 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.

About The Race

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

Run, Give Back & Party at Main Event and other downtown Pubs!


We will make you earn your post-event party by running or walking 3, 7 or 10 miles, but the post-event party 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, Ester Short Park, Farmers Market and more. The course is mostly flat with a couple short hills.

Event Highlights & Post-event Festivities:

  • Soup & Green Beer at Main Event courtesy of Deschutes Brewery
  • Breadsticks and Cookies courtesy of Franz Bakery
  • Cofffee, Hot Chocolate and Treats at Boomerang Coffee Shop
  • Pampering station and Athlete Recovery at Union Chapel
  • Prize for Most Festive Costume so think GREEN!
  • Technical Runner's t-shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
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.



9:00am 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.


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

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 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 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 at 800 Main St. Parking is free on the weekends.

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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 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 begin awards ceremony for the 3 mile race at approximiately 10:15am and 11:00am for the 7 and 10 mile races.

Note: We will not be able to provide awards for walkers 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 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@whyracingevents.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, 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). Wear your Bib Number on the front of your shirt/jacket which also includes your disposeable chip timing piece. And watch for the cameras en route and give us a big cheesy smile! Photos are FREE so give us your best post and make this race photo your profile shot!

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 green balloons for you at the finish line.

Kid's Events

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


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!
  • Plus Main Event, Union Chapel, Boomerang 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 (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 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! 

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

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.

Vesta Hospitality is one of our premiere Partners and offers a special rate for all of our athletes at all of their properties across Oregon and Washington. Here is a list of their properties with discount codes to use when booking.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver/Portland
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd
Vancouver WA 98661
1-800-Call Home

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!


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!
  • Beaches - One of our aid stations with fabulous views of the Columbia River
  • Tommy O's – Fun, healthy ambiance. Ask to meet Tommy!
  • The Rock Woodfire Pizza
  • Little Italy

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, flashing lights 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.

Here are the online maps if you would like to study the course.

3.06 Mile Route

3 mile course map

Lucky 7 Mile Route

10.32 Mile Route

Here's a few more video clips to get a glimpse of the Irish Festivities at the Couve Clover Run!

Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup




By Dec 31

Jan 1 –
Feb 29th

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  • Adults = 18+ years
  • Teams = 15 or more entries – Get your Team Code before you register! Note – if your team doesn’t hit 15 members, you will be asked to pay $5 at Packet Pickup to make up the difference.
  • Kids 3 and younger are FREE but do not receive a t-shirt
  • 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!

Cost Includes

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, Franz breadsticks, green Deschutes Brewery beer, hot chocolate/coffee, treats & more
• Post-event festivities
• Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good!
• Giving back to the Community - Priceless!

Registration Details

It's time to make the commitment and put purpose to your training! Registration is available through a secure online registration platform generally until 2 days prior to packet pickup or by downloading a printable registration form and sending by mail postmarked at least 10 days prior to race day. If you have any registration questions or have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at registration@whyracingevents.com so we can help you and to confirm your registration asap!

Registration FAQs

Can I register on Race Day?  Yes, but if you can, please register ahead of time. It gets so busy on race day and we want to focus all of our energy on taking care of all of our athletes  But again, if you come down and you really want to race and weren’t able to pre-register for whatever reason, we will take care of you. Ideally, sign up ahead of time so we can pre-order tshirt 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!

Can someone else pick up my racing packet? Yes, however, you must complete an authorization form to allow them to pick up your packet and send them with a copy of your ID. This form will confirm that you will be the individual participating in the event and that you agree to not allow anyone else to race on your behalf.

Can I get a refund? There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do understand that things come up that are beyond your control. As a customer service initiative, we do offer the ability to transfer your registration to next year's event, another upcoming Why Racing Event that year or to transfer your registration to another participant. Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their emergency contact info and to assure the credibility of results. If you don’t let us know, it messes up everyones' results because they may be in a different age group or division! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy and you may be fined.

DEFER OR TRANSER policy: If you are unable to race due to medical reasons or a simple change of schedule, athletes may defer their general race entry slot to the same race the following year, transfer to another Why Racing Event that year or transfer their entry to another athlete. Deferrals or transfers do not carry over beyond one year. Note: This deferral or transfer only covers the race entry fee. USAT one day passes, processing fees and online registration fees will not be included in your credit. In order to defer or transfer your registration you will need to e-mail us at registration@whyracingevents.com with your Full Name, Race Venue, Race Distance and desired changes.

  • You can defer or transfer your entry outside of 61 days from the event for no fee.
  • You can defer or transfer your entry between 60 and 30 days of the event for a $10 fee (running only event) or $25 fee (multi-sport event).
  • You can defer or transfer your entry within 29 days or less of the event for a $25 fee (running only event) or $50 fee (multi-sport event).
  • Athletes wishing to defer or transfer to another race or participant, will be provided with a unique entry code and must re-register for the event. Athletes are not guaranteed registration if the race sells out before they attempt to enter.
  • There is only one transfer or defer allowed per original registration.
  • If transferring from a race with a higher entry fee to race with a lower entry fee, the athlete will receive no refund of the difference in the fees.
  • If transferring from a race with a lower entry fee to race with a higher entry fee, the athlete will be required to pay the difference of these two race fees.
  • Athletes who are not annual USAT members will be required to purchase a USAT single day membership for the event that they transfer into. USAT rules do not allow single day memberships to be transferred between events.
INTRA-EVENT TRANSFER POLICY: If you wish to transfer your own entry within an event to another distance, you will need to e-mail registration@whyracingevents.com.
  • You can change your distance within an event outside of 61 days from the event for no fee.
  • You can change your distance within an event between 60 days or less of the event for a $10 fee.
Can I register by mail? Yes, please complete, print and mail-in this Printable Registration Form 10 days prior to race day to the following address and make Checks payable to Why Racing Events Inc. Please list the event name you are registering for on the memo line on the check.

Why Racing Events Inc.
1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

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Call 360.574.7292 for more information

Packet Pickup Details

Note different Packet Pickup Locations and Times - We want to give an option for Vancouver and Portland athletes to make it easy for you to pick up your materials. Remember your ID.

Friday March 24th from 11am-6pm
FleetFeet Vancouver

16020 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 113
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 885 4556

Saturday March 25th from 1pm-5pm
FleetFeet - Portland
2258 NW Raleigh Street
Portland, OR 97210

Please pick up your goody bags, bib #, and shirt at the Friday and Saturday time slots listed above. 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 busy on Sunday morning and it makes it easier on everyone, you included, if you take care of this on Friday or Saturday.

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!

Step #2. It's time to train!  Yes, we want you to get to the finish line feeling strong, healthy, reaching for your best, and injury free!

One way to help your training is to join a local running club, clinic or training studio. Here is a list of resources to assist you with your training and preparation:

Running Clubs:

Personal Training & Coaches

General Running Program Design:
If you are going to attempt this on your own or would like a better understanding of proper training protocol, here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program.

  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 detail 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. 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.
  8. Incorporate cross training into your program.  We'd rather see a runner 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.
  9. Consider how you run.  Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot.  But there is actually a science to it.  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! :)
  10. 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.
    • Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf.  Repeat 10-15x.
    • Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock).  Repeat 10-15x
    • Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh).  Repeat 10-15x.
    • Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh).  Repeat 10-15x.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Tapering: At about 1-2 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 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 with electrolytes - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit and energy bars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. 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

Deschutes Brewery is the Official Craft Beer Sponsor at all Why Racing Events. They provide varieties of their adventurous, award-winner lineup of hand-crafted beers for the athletes after the races and generously donate product for prizes. Deschutes Brewery is a strong supporter of various community events so when you're reaching for a beer, enjoy DB to thank them for their support of our sport, our athletes and our community.
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For 15 years, Fleet Feet Sports PDX has been a locally owned and operated specialty store dedicated to providing the Portland and Southwest Washington communities with superior products, excellent service, and unique events. Whether you are a runner, a walker, or anyone looking for a lifetime of fitness, then Fleet Feet Sports PDX is your store.
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Running Princess Apparel carries athletic wear for the fierce competitor to the Netflix marathoner. Their flagship store is now open at 351 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333, or find them online at www.runningprincess.com. "Running Princess Apparel celebrates the athlete in every princess"
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DOING THE RIGHT THING SINCE 1952. Ever since Les Schwab opened his first tire store, their business has been about earning your trust. They strive to bring you the best selection, quality and service every time you walk through the doors. When you purchase a set of tires from Les Schwab, it only marks the beginning of your relationship with them. They stand behind you for the life of your tires, with services like: 

Free Flat Tire Repairs
Free Tire Rotations
Free Tire Rebalancing
Free Air Checks
Free Pre-Trip Safety Checks
Free Road Hazard Protection
Free Brake & Visual Alignment Checks
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Main Event Sports Grill, with both a Downtown and Eastside location, offers great food, fabulous drinks and a wonderful atmosphere. Plus, they give so much back to the community so be sure to support the team at Main Event.
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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!
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There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. KIND® believes you deserve both—they call it their brAND philosophy. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to high standards in the KIND® kitchen. So whether your snacking style is choosy or adventurous (or a little bit of both), here’s something to celebrate: Kind will always be thinking up new ways to delight your taste buds and keep your body happy.
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Thank you Union Chapel for supporting community, fellowship, service, healthy living and your support of Couve Clover Run!
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Boomerang is a generosity shop with a special mission.
Boomerang is a bustling coffee house and gathering place in the heart of Downtown Vancouver WA. In addition, they sell donated and consigned items of quality at accessible prices, and then give every penny of profit back to local causes. Generosity returns is their motto: Give and love generously!
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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.
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Corwin Beverage Company is a fourth generation family-owned business that has sold beverages in Southwest Washington since 1941. Founders Laura and Kyle Kendall, along with their daughter, Barbara, and her husband, Harold Corwin, moved to Vancouver, Washington in the late 1930’s to acquire the Vancouver Pepsi franchise after selling their beer and Coca-Cola business in Bend, Oregon. 
From their humble beginnings with one truck and three employees nearly 70 years ago, to over 100 trucks and more than 100 employees today, Corwin has established a long tradition of award-winning sales and service. They’re active in supporting the communities they serve, and are proud of their terrific Corwin family, products and partnerships.
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The result is a bag-hitting, adrenaline-flowing workout that ANYONE can do - no matter your age or fitness level. You strap on real gloves and learn pro moves that make you feel like a rockstar - and get lean and toned like a fighter (without ever having to fight!).
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RLA Ice, LLC is the first IceBorn franchisee in the PNW. We are a local company with machines in Vancouver, WA, Washougal, WA and soon to be in OR. We own and operate automated crushed ice and purified water vending machines. Our machines automatically bag ice and customers bring their own water containers. Our water purification process includes: (1) microfiltration > 5 um, (2) activated carbon filtration, (3) ion exchange, (4) microfiltration > 1 um, (5) reverse osmosis and (6) UV light cleansing. You, our customer, are the first person to touch the ice and water hence our “Fresh From The Source” tag and since we don’t have handling or transportation overhead we pass those cost savings to our customers as well. Check out one of our machines to enjoy our purified ice and water!
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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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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!

In addition, our events offer a terrific fundraising opportunity for a club/organization (non-profit) and a fun, inspiring way to encourage and support the athletes that participate in these events. Under our fundraising program, $20-$25 will be paid to the non-profit organization for each volunteer 4-6+hour shift depending on our needs. All the volunteers will also get a snack, gift, goody bag and be able to enjoy the post-race festivities.

We typically need about 100 volunteers per day for most events with tasks such as water stations, course marshals, food prep, finish line, set up and clean up.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please sign up immediately at this VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LINK.

Volunteer assignments and fundraising capacity is first come, first serve. Please email volunteer@whyracingevents.com if you have any questions or complete the info below and we will get back to you soon.

And remember, there's no way we could host this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event to assure the safety of our athletes and make the event more enjoyable. So be extra-nice to 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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Check out the 2017 Couve Clover Finisher's shirt! It's LONG SLEEVE!

And check out the 2017 Medal Bling!

Everyone gets cute Couve Clover Finisher's Gloves!

First 500 get this Collecters' Couve Clover/Main Event Pint Glass:

Overall Champions are awarded this Champion Couve Clover Stainless Beer Cup to remind them how bada$$ they are:

Here's some SWAG from prior years...

Check out the cool Finishers’ Shirt and Finishers’ Bling from the 2016 Couve Clover Run!


First 500 athletes to head to Main Event post-run will receive these cool Couve Clover Collector’s Beer glasses courtesy of Main Event.

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In 2016, Couve Clover finishers received a special Couve Clover Water bottle.

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In 2016, Overall Top 3 Male and Female and Master’s Champions received these awesome Champion Beer Mugs in addition to a box of Lucky Charms, a Lottery ticket and more!


Results & Photos




Check out 2016 Couve Clover Photos


Hey all you Lucky Leprechauns!

We did the Sunshine Dance, we prayed and we begged Mother Nature…but to no avail. It poured. I guess it’s true that you just can’t host an authentic Irish-themed event without some rain! But the best part is that despite the weather not being ideal, you all brought your best attitude. We saw happy, smiling faces all around and you didn’t let the rain dampen your race experience. It goes to show you the power of the mind and how you make your day, your race and your life based on your perception and response to whatever cards you’ve been dealt. So thank you so much for being so hardcore and getting out there no matter what.

We had almost 1200 of you out there so our little Couve Clover Run is growing! We understand that you have many racing options – usually there are a couple different races in the Portland/Vancouver region on any given weekend so the fact that you chose to race with us makes us SO HAPPY! Thank you for telling your friends and family about our race. Vancouver is such a fabulous community and we just love highlighting what we have to offer here in the Couve! Here’s a list of our event highlights:

  • THE COSTUMES – Wow!!! Thank you so much for your spirit and your efforts – dressing up makes it fun for everyone! From the green hair and makeup, green tutus, Leprechauns, clover socks and suits, kilts and even a full GUMBY suit courtesy of Jonathan Hokama, this event was one of the most fun to watch!
  • The Molly Malone Dancers were such fun pre-race entertainment to get us into the festive spirit! And we hope you loved the Pipers & Drummers who played for you through the finish line.
  • The Couve Clover Run Finishers’ shirts look AWESOME on you! Wear that Irish Flag Clover proudly! We hope you also liked the Couve Clover gloves and hope they helped keep you warm!
  • The medals were big and looked beautiful around your necks. We hope you liked the Spinner and the Bling! Put it somewhere visible so you can be reminded of your accomplishment every day!
  • We hope you speedsters like your Champion Beer Mugs, Lucky Charms, Lottery Ticket, Franz Bread & Deschutes Brewery beer! Congratulations to our overall champions!

3 Mile Male Champions:

1st. Robert McLauchlan, age 25, Overall time of 15:22 (5:01 average pace)

2nd. Lydeth Gullam, age 17, Overall time of 19:15 (6:17 average pace)

3rd. Benjamin Grubb, age 20, Overall time of 19:45 (6:27 average pace)

Masters Champion. Scott Clayton, age 56, Overall time of 19:45 (6:27 average pace)

3 Mile Female Champions:

1st. Carolyn Bostic, age 46, Overall time of 21:44 (7:04 average pace)

2nd. Hayley Espelund, age 40, Overall time of 21:54 (7:10 average pace)

3rd. Hannah Fishback, age 24, Overall time of 23:32 (7:18 average pace)

Masters Champion. Sherrie Robertson, Overall time of 23:30 (7:41 average pace)     

7 Mile Male Champions: Note – these results were updated after the Awards Ceremony. David Carrion had switched from the 3 mile race to the 7 mile race and it was not updated in the timing computer prior to the awards ceremony.

1st. David Carrion, age 16, Overall time of 46:13 (6:34 average pace)

2nd. Scott McBeth, age 47, Overall time of 50:00 (7:08 average pace)

3rd. David Black, age 35, Overall time of 50:27 (7:12 average pace)

Masters Champion. Yudie Thio, Age 49, Overall time of 50:33 (7:13 average pace)

7 Mile Female Champions:

1st. Allison Wrightson, age 25, Overall time of 46:33 (6:39 average pace - she was actually 2nd overall in the whole race!)

2nd. Shelan Stritzke, age 34, Overall time of 51:46 (7:24 average pace)         

3rd. Kerynn Davis, age 28, Overall time of 52:10 (7:27 average pace)             28

Masters Champion. Fabiola Lopez, age 59, Overall time of 53:13.74 (7:36 average pace)

10 Mile Male Champions:

1st. Jason Griffiths, age 36, Overall time of 55:20 (5:24 average pace)           

2nd. David Pinsonneault, age 24, Overall time 1:00:07 (5:52 average pace)

3rd. David Hopper, age 47, Overall time of 1:04:40 (6:19 average pace)

Masters Champion. Robert Roper, age 40, Overall time of 1:06:31 (6:29 pace)           

10 Mile Female Champions:

1st. Carolyn Gilchriese, age 24, Overall time of 1:09:37 (6:47 average pace)

2nd. Zara Lukens, age 27, Overall time of 1:10:43 (6:54 average pace)

3rd. Jessica Lindsey, age 22, Overall time of 1:19:26 (7:45 average pace)     

Masters Champion. Emma Notario, age 46, Overall time of 1:22:33 (8:03 average pace)

  • Main Event was the place to be post-race and celebrate your accomplishment with Deschutes Brewery Beer. Thanks to Mike, Jason, Steve, and the whole crew at Main Event who took care of all of you so well! For those of you who were lucky enough to be one of the first 500 athletes, we hope you liked your Couve Clover/Main Event beer glass.
  • We love to see that many of you took advantage of the Massage and stretching station at Union Chapel! A big thank you to our massage therapists and NWPT personal trainers!
  • Big thanks to Boomerang for the coffee, sweat treats and the Tree House for the Kids
  • Between the fabulous water station crews, Alpenrose Chocolate Milk, Gatorade and Coconut water from Corwin, Kombucha, Coffee and the Deschutes Brewery Beer, there was absolutely NO WAY you could have suffered from dehydration at the Couve Clover Run!
  • Multiple non-profits 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!
  • Volunteers: We are biased but we are convinced we have the best volunteers and Event crew team on the planet! We can’t name them all but our hope is that all of them will be blessed in some way in return for their generosity and serving attitude. They really rocked it – especially in the cold and rain!
  • There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Partners who support our events all year long. Huge thanks to Deschutes Brewery, Franz Bakery, Fleet Feet Sports, Visit Central Oregon, Running Princess, Les Schwabb and Northwest Personal Training for supporting our athletes! You all ROCK! We also want to thank our event sponsors KIND Snacks, Alpenrose Dairy, Main Event, Union Chapel Church, Boomerang, Corwin Beverage, ILoveKickboxing, Ice Born, American Medical Response, and various local vendors and 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 Couve Clover Run and all the non-profits which will benefit from the event.
  • Results & FREE Race photos. Click on the Results Link above, find your individual result, click on it and then you can view a video of you finishing the race and print a finishers’ certificate that will list your time, pace and rankings. It’s a great keepsake! Thanks Rogue Multisport Timing Company for that extra special touch!  

Be sure to download your FREE PHOTOS and post on social media to be entered in for various prizes – be sure to use the following tags #whyracing, #couveclover, #WhatsYourWhy, #RunwithLesSchwab & #WhyBend.  We’ll also let you know when our video from the event is ready to view – it’s always so fun to relive the experience!

Survey:  Please help us make some decisions. We have some ideas and need your feedback for next years' race while all your thoughts are fresh in your mind. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey and let us know what we did well, what we can do better and give us your feedback regarding some of our ideas. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GB6K9XV

Thanks again for being the type of people who do what you need to do to be at your best and get involved to make our community better! You’re definitely an inspiration to many! If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, do so at https://www.facebook.com/WhyRacingEvents. We are awarding a FREE RACE at the end of the month for anyone who liked or shared our Why Racing Facebook page during the month of March so hurry!

Yours in health, fitness & racing,

Sherri McMillan & the entire Why Racing crew

Ps.  Once you cross the finish line, it’s time to set your sights on your next goal. Look no further, we have some awesome events that will keep your training in check! Use code COUVE to get 10% off any of the 4 upcoming Why Racing Events.

  • 33rd Annual Spring Classic Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Duathlon on Sunday April 23rd - It is a fast, flat and extremely scenic course along the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood. We will be starting and finishing from the Home Depot off Airport way in Portland and running along Marine Drive which will be closed to traffic! How cool is that?! Plus the post-event party is off the charts! Register Here & Details: https://whyracingevents.com/event/924
  • 2nd Annual Run to Remember WA on Saturday May 27th – Enjoy another flat and scenic course and a great event to honor our brave and strong and support Battle Buddies, an organization that trains and provides service dogs to our veterans. Let’s make this a family tradition! You can register and find details at https://whyracingevents.com/event/925
  • 36th Annual Blue Lake Triathlon and Endurance SportsFestival on June 3rd & 4th - offers a Super-Sprint Triathlon (a perfect short distance triathlon for a new triathlete rookie on a flat and fast course), a Sprint and Olympic Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike Race. It’s the Triathlon season opener for all Northwest athletes! You can register and find details at https://whyracingevents.com/event/926
  • 21st Annual Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival on June 23rd-25th – Hosting 20 different events including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Trail Runs, Long Course, Olympic & Ultra Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike, Bike Tours & 3 Kids races – join us for the biggest and best multi-sport RACE-cation event in Sunriver Oregon. It’s a great family event with 3 days of fun and festivities as we launch into summer break! You can find details and register at https://whyracingevents.com/event/927

Pps. FREE 2 Week Pass:  If you live in the Couve, as a participant or volunteer for the Couve Clover Run, you receive a 2 week FREE Trial 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 our Fitness & Training Director at kristin@nwpersonatraining.com and she’ll make sure you get 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. And if you decide to enroll in our classes, we’re offering an Introductory Training package for $99 that includes 6 weeks of Group Training classes and an Initial Private Training session.  

Check out this awesome Post-event Recap about Couve Clover Run from Fleet Feet


'A HUGE note of thanks for putting on, what I believe, to be the best run in the PNW!  This was the first time we ran the Couve Clover Run and now we are hooked and will definitely make it a yearly event.  The course, the volunteers, the after race party, and the free goodies (got to have those freebies) made this race a true FUN RUN.  Even the weather made it fun!  Thank you again for putting together a World Class Event and getting some of the “lesser” known charities some benefit from our running dollars. I cannot speak highly enough on how well this race was ran…top to bottom. Definitely world class!  Job Well Done."   Regards, Patrick "Dusty" Woelfel

Check out this article in the Columbian Newspaper about the Couve Clover Run.

  • Date: 03/26/2017

  • Time: 9:00am 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.

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

    Map & Directions: View Map