If you register now to run in the 4th annual Cove to Clover  fundraiser (coming up March 9-11), you’ll save some serious ¢lover, ‘cuz registration rates are at their lowest right now!
South King Media  be a Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year (learn more about becoming a Sponsor here ), and we encourage all our Readers to find a way to participate – even if you’re not a runner – as this is a great, fun, local fundraiser.
The race starts near the cove in Normandy Park, then winds its way up ‘Snake Hill’ through Burien before ending up in front of Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub. The 10k will start at the Normandy Park Towne Center and catch up to the 5k route (click here  to see a map of the race course).
Last year over $37,000 was raised and distributed to these local charities:
- Highline Area Food Bank: $16,000
- Highline Schools Foundation/Schools: $12,500
- Hospitality House: $3,000
- Para Los Ninos: $2,250
- YETI Club: $1,550
- Emergency Family Relief: $500
- Hi-Liners: $500
- Girl Scouts: $350
- Boy Scouts: $350
There are several new elements this year, including a 10K run and a Talent Show, along with the usual 5k race and Pub Crawl.
“Cover to Clover is unlike any other 5K or 10K,” reads a note on the C2C website . “For one thing, it is very hard. So hard in fact that it is fast becoming a test piece for NW runners. For starters, “Snake Hill” rises nearly 1000′ in the first mile of the course. Around mile 2 you’ll encounter ‘The Uprising,’ a runner obstacle that has been constructed in the middle of a live Celtic battlefield. For your suffering, you will be rewarded with on-course Celtic pipers and a finish line festival that delivers the goods (2 beer gardens, 2 stages with live entertainment, free root beer garden and free hot dogs for children).”
The Cove to Clover is a 501(c)(3) umbrella charity which distributes all proceeds to local charities. The organization is very lean and run by passionate volunteers.
“Be assured, your participation will be making a positive impact on your community,” the website  adds.
This year there will also be a ‘Corporate Team Challenge ,’ where companies can participate by registering their employees; here’s more info:
“It’s easy to do; just have each member of your team use a ‘Registration Code’ representing your company’s name. Also, be sure to email us at
[email protected]  to let us know the code you are using so we can insure you get proper credit for each registration. We’d also like to have a team captain’s name and email address, so that we can pass on the information of who joined your team. Then all you have to do is promote the race at your company and encourage your co-workers to register online using your ‘Registration Code.’
The team with the most team members (registered with your unique code) will be recognized with a special award at the finish line. Cove to Clover will throw an extra special catered party for the winning team at a later date. We don’t want to be pinned down to a location, since the size of the winning team may require a bigger venue.”
Also, the sponsorship window will be closing relatively soon, so if you’re with a business that wants to do good and get great local exposure, contact [email protected]  ASAP to let them know of their interest.