There’s nothing that makes me smile more on a dreary March day in the Pacific NW then the sight of someone running in Shamrock Green like a happy badass leprechaun. On March 24th, you can experience this firsthand at the 2019 Couve Clover Run in Vancouver, brought to you by Why Racing Events. Put on some green gear and run or walk 3 miles, 7 miles, or 10 miles (warning, it’s actually 10.32 miles, but who’s counting?)
The 5th Annual event will begin at 9:00AM, but all runners are requested to show up by 8:30 at the latest to ensure the event goes off on time without a hitch. The course is relatively flat with a couple hills, and it’ll be a pretty tour through Vancouver, not to mention fun. You’ll travel through some of the most scenic areas of Vancouver including historic Officer’s Row, Fort Vancouver, Ester Short Park, the Farmer’s Market, and the Columbian Riverfront. There will be porta-potties available approximately every two miles. There are a few splits on the course you should be looking for, though there will be signage, volunteers, and lights to help direct you along the way. Check out the 3 Mile course here, the Lucky 7 Mile course here, and the 10 Mile course here.
There will be a bag check for this race at the start/finish area at Union Chapel. Please be sure to label your bag with your first and last name as well as your bib number. You will be asked to show your bib number when you come back to retrieve your bag and it’s advised that you don’t leave anything of value behind, as you will be responsible for it.
Your registration will get you lots of awesome swag! You’ll earn a technical runner’s t-shirt, (only guaranteed to participants that have registered a month in advance of race day,) a finisher’s medal, a post race meal, Deschutes Brewery beer, Kombucha, coffee, free photos, and more. Massages and stretching will be available at Union Chapel and there will be a prize for Most Festive Costume as well as awards for age and gender groups. Please note that there will not be awards for walkers.
In addition to the swag mentioned above and a fun post-race after party, you can feel good about your money helping support local causes. The Couve Clover Run supports many charities, and if you choose to create a charity team of 50 or more members, $5 from each registrant will go towards that charity.
This event will go on rain or shine, so layer up and bring some extra DRY clothes for after the race. Bring the whole family and tell them to make some noise for you when you pass. Or register your kiddos in the 3 mile run/walk for free!
Music devices (earphones, etc) are not encouraged, but if you are one of those runners who needs to feel the music to keep you moving, please be sure to at least always keep one ear free of any music devices so that you can hear instructions, traffic, etc. Also, please keep the volume at a minimum.
Dogs, with the exception of service dogs, will not be allowed on the course due to insurance requirements. Strollers are welcome but asked to stay at the back of the pack.
So dig out those green running pants and let your Shamrock shine in Vancouver on March 24th!
When: March 24th, 2019 at 9:00AM sharp. (Please show up at 8:30AM at latest.)
Where: 800 Main Street (between 8th 9th Ave in downtown Vancouver)
Cost: 3 Mile is $45 for adult and free for kids (17 & under.) 7 Mile is $65 for adults and $25 for kids. 10 Mile is $75. Cost increases $5 after Feb 28th and $10 after March 22nd or day of race. See website for info on charity teams and team discounts.
Packet Pick-Up: Saturday March 23rd from 10:00AM to 6:00PM at Foot Traffic, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683.