Race preview: Couve Clover Run, Vancouver, March 22nd

Don't look now Portland, but Vancouver and Clark County, Washington are quickly becoming a hotbed of activity on the local racing scene. Of the 14 races I've run so far in 2015, four of them were in Clark County (with a fifth in nearby Skamania County). So it's no surprise that of the nine ( ! ) races I signed up for recently at the Race Center Event Expo, three of them are also in Vancouver. Among them is the brand new Couve Clover Run on March 22nd, a St. Patrick's Day themed race and fundraiser for your choice of Clark County charities. The event, which includes 3, 7, and 10 mile races, will take runners on a tour of some of downtown Vancouver's most scenic areas, from Ft. Vancouver and Officer's Row to Esther Short Park and the Farmer's Market.

All entrants will receive a tech shirt, finisher’s medal, and food, soup, beer (green and/or Irish Draught), hot chocolate or coffee, and cupcakes at various locations during the post-race celebration. There is also a costume competition, so be prepared to bring your A game if you want to beat Run Oregon’s own Marilyn Tycer!

Charity teams of 50 or more will receive $5 from each entry toward their organization. Fundraising teams can email shantina@nwpersonaltraining.com to receive a Charity Team Code.

Awards will be presented to the top three men and women in each distance, and certificates will be mailed to the top three finishers in five-year age groups.

Entry fees increase on March 2nd, so sign up soon! Packet pickup will occur on Friday, March 20th from 12:00p to 7:00p, and Saturday, March 21st from 8:00a to 5:00p at Northwest Personal Training, 1011 Broadway in Vancouver. NOTE: There will be no day-of-race registration OR packet pickup!

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so you can run Portland’s Shamrock Run on the 15th and extend your celebration through the week by running the Couve Clover Run the following Sunday! You’ll be Dublin the fun, and your friends will say “I rish I’d signed up for both races too!”

What: The Couve Clover Run

When: Sunday, March 22nd

Where: 800 Main Street between 8th & 9th Ave in downtown Vancouver in front of Main Event Sports Grill and Dublin Down Pub

What time: 9:00a (But try to arrive by 8:30a)

Registration: Sign up online HERE, or call 360-574-7292 to register by phone. Entry fees through March 1st: 3 and 7 milers $50 (Teams of 15-plus $45/person), 10-miler $60 ($55). Add $5 after March 1st.

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