Race Preview: 2021 Couve Clover Run 3M, 7M, 10M (Vancouver, WA)

Last spring, races around St Patrick’s Day were among the first to be canceled due to the developing public health crisis, and now twelve months later, the Couve Clover Run is among the first races to offer in-person options again for the annual event. The 2021 Couve Clover Run by Why Racing Events takes place on Sunday, March 21st, 9-11am in beautiful downtown Vancouver.

Participants have several options for this event sure to fit your fitness level and health requirements. There are three distances to choose from: The 3-miler, Lucky 7 Miler, and 10-miler. You have the option to participate virtually on your own schedule choosing your own course, or during registration you can pick a time slot to run the marked course in Vancouver with a small cohort of race participants. After health and safety checks, a small group of eight runners and walkers will be sent out on the course every minute between 9am and 11am. If you are racing with a group, be sure to all pick the same start time in order to be released together. This video explains several of the procedures, and more will be announced over the coming weeks.

Also new this year is the start/finish location and the courses for the race. While in past years the race course started in front of Main Event on Main Street and looped through Vancouver and the Fort, the start/finish is now located at the Esther St. and Waterfront Way Round-About at the Vancouver waterfront (just west of I-5). All three courses run out and back along the Columbia River on the Waterfront Trail and neighborhood streets (3-mile map, 7-mile map, 10-mile map).

Online registration is now open through March 20th. In-person racing prices are $50 for the 3-miler, $70 for the 7-miler, and $80 for the 10-miler. Virtual race options are $50 for each distance, $70 for a “beast bundle” including two distances of your choice, and $80 for the “triple beast bundle”, which includes all three distances for a total of 20 miles. Due to safety regulations there will not be post-race food and drink and party available, but an online awards and post-race party is in the works. Keep an eye on announcements on the event page and the Facebook page.

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