Kurt Howard
Cove 2 Clover got a running start for the third year with 814 official runners (but many more participating) making their way from Normandy Park Cove to Burien Town Square. CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE MORE

SLIDESHOW: Cove 2 Clover benefit race sees big turnout of runners, walkers

Winning times of 18:18 go to Raul Silva, 24:36 to Jenny Prentice


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The third annual Cove 2 Clover race on Sunday March 13 from the Fauntleroy Cove in Normandy Park to the Burien Town Square drew close to1500 runners, walkers, kids, families, dogs though the official number was around half of that all to benefit the Highline Food Bank, Hospitality House women's shelter and Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence.

The race itself had three starts. One for wheelchairs, one for kids and then every body else as it began, immediately coming to the headline obstacle in the path, the 500 foot rise in elevation called "The Snake" which some ran, many walked and most just endured. There was also a a “Wee Race” for kids and families that began at St. Francis Catholic Church at SW 152nd and 21st Ave. s.w. Both races had their finish line at Burien Town Square.

The Irish weekend began with a Pub Crawl, started at Mick Kelly's Irish Pub and opening ceremonies at Town Square at 11:00 pm.

At the square there was a Celtic Folk Fair which began Saturday Mar. 12 which featured live music, artisans, craft vendors a beer garden and local restaurant food specials. Later Saturday evening an Irish Gala took place at Normandy Cove with a traditional Irish dinner and dancing to a live Irish band.

Cove 2 Clover was started three years ago when John Nelson, a software engineer and Highline Food Bank volunteer, and Mick Purdy, co-owner of Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub came together to create a community event intended to raise money for worthy local organizations. The course, designed by Nelson had an optional runner obstacle called The Uprising comprised of stacked bales of hay staged in a Celtic battle scene reenactment.

While many participated, and many won medals or awards for achievement the winners of the race were for the men, Raul Silva with a time of 18:18 and for the women Jenny Prentice with a time of 24: 36. The complete race results are here.

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