Photos by Steve Shay
This year’s Cove 2 Clover event featured two pub crawls on Friday, a carbo-loading Italian dinner and snake pit on Saturday and four races on Sunday. After the race, the Boston Marathon runners were honored with a moment of silence & song. Pictured are Burien's Andrea & Rudy Chavez, holding hands.

UPDATE: SLIDESHOW: Cove to Clover 2013 featured 4 cities, 4 races, 2 pub crawls, 1 carb-loading dinner and lots of snakes

Boston Marathoners honored with "Amazing Grace" & moment of silence


Also, after the race, KC Council's Joe McDermott took the stage and spoke of running's health benefits & led attendees with a moment of silence to remember runners lost and injured in the Boston Marathon tragedy. Sierra Hutton sang "Amazing Grace prior to the moment of silence.

Cove 2 Clover Organizer John Nelson recognized Kristen Kerns with the C2C Volunteer-of-the-Year award.

Every year, Highline’s Cove to Clover event gets larger.

This year’s extravaganza, with events spread from two pub crawls starting it all on Friday, April 26 to a snake pit dinner on Saturday to four different big races on Sunday, is no exception.

The cities of Des Moines and SeaTac are also joining Burien and Normandy Park in the fun.

Centerpieces of the activities are the fundraising runs on Sunday, April 28.

The 5K run starts at noon at the Normandy Park Swim Club (The Cove) at noon and finishes up at Burien Town Square. The 10K run also starts at noon and ends up at Town Square. The 10K takes off from the Normandy Park Towne Center at First Avenue South and South 200th Street.

Race organizers say there are no other races like these with suffering the name of the game as runners climb and climb up the ominously named “Snake Hill.”

At the top of the hill, runners are rewarded with great views of Puget Sound and music from a Highland piper. All the races will feature an obstacle called “The Uprising,” a Celtic battle reenactment.

Children and families can participate in the nearly one-mile Wee Race, beginning at noon. It starts and ends at Town Square. Organizers promise a “mini-snake hill” on the course.

New this year is a “Snakezilla” half marathon. It begins at Des Moines Beach Park and snakes over to SeaTac before returning through Burien to Town Square.

Unlike the 5K where runners tackle Snake Hill fairly quickly after leaving the Cove, half marathon competitors have 10 miles “to warm up the muscles” before hitting the hill.

Starting it all on Friday is the snake pub-crawl. Joining the north crawl in Burien will be a south crawl in Des Moines. Participants can pick up their registration packets from 5-8 p.m. at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub in Burien or the Scotch and Vine in Des Moines.

Also new this year is the Snake Pit Carbo Dinner on Saturday, 6-9 p.m., at the Des Moines Field House, 1000 S. 220th St. The carbo-loading meal offers an Italian pasta dinner and a glass of wine.

Participants can also go into the Snake Pit to pet real snakes.

Proceeds from all the activities will go to local non-profits.

Details on registration, prices, and shuttle services are at

Here is the Burien Chevrolet/Burien Toyota Finish Line Main Stage Entertainment Schedule:

David Buhler 12:30-1:10 pm
Sierra Hutton 1:25-1:35 pm
Momentum Irish Dancers 1:35-2:05 pm
Boston Marathon Tribute - Joe McDermott 2:15-2:30 pm
Marimba Band 2:30-3:10 pm
Awards (Overall/Kid's) - Joe McDermott 3:10-3:20 pm
Haggis Brothers - Celtic Folk 3:20-4:20 pm
The Throbs - ROCK AND ROLL! 4:30-6:45 pm

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