PHOTOS: “Cove To Clover” Race Raises $12K For Food Bank

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Despite a day which started with snow in some places and a dreadful downpour just about everywhere else, around 300 runners participated in the first-ever “Cove to Clover” 5K Race Sunday morning, which started near the Normandy Park Community Club and ended at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub (BTB Advertiser) in Burien.

Here are some photos from race day as taken by Scott Schaefer and Janet Grella:

According to Mick Purdy, co-owner of Mick Kelly’s, $12,000 was raised for the Highline Area Food Bank!

Highline Food Bank Director Mike Werle was there also, cheering runners as they crossed the finish line.

The race was organized by area resident John Nelson, who spent around six months along with 100 or so volunteers to pull this off.

The starting gun was fired by Normandy Park Mayor Shawn McEvoy, an Irishman if ever there was one. On a humorous side note, Mayor McEvoy kept the starter’s pistol with him in the pace car up to Mick Kelly’s. Organizers had to race up and retrieve it from him just in time for the priest to fire the starting shot for the Kid’s Race at St. Francis School.

Ryan Merle, 33, of Port Townsend, won the race in 20:15, beating 2nd-place finisher Paul Huynh by 50 seconds. Photo by Janet Grella.

Here are race results as posted at the finish line (Name, City, Age, Time):


1. Ryan Merle, Port Townsend: 33, 20:15
2. Paul Huynh, Seattle, 17, 21:05
3. Justin Merle, Kent, 30, 21:58
4. Joe Baisch, Seattle, 26, 22:21
5. Nick Baisch, Seattle, 23, 22:27
6. Louis Bull, Seattle, 50, 22:55
7. DJ Tarrant, Seattle, 18, 23:19
8. Erik Willanger, Seattle, 29, 23:28
9. Peter Brant, Seattle, 37, 23:47
10. Douglas R. Cox, Jr., Seattle, 32, 23:53


1. Dinelle Pineda, Seattle, 30, 24:21
2. Patrice Hardy, Seattle, 43, 24:38
3. Natalie D’Arnico, Seattle, 22, 24:57
4. Cindy Sagmoen, Seattle, 41, 24:59
5. Regina Mutter, Seattle, 42, 25:08
6. Denise Sagmoen, Seattle, 37, 25:10
7. Staci Braun, Seattle, 40, 25:34
8. Marian Brennan, Seattle, 36, 25:44
9. Hayley Fulton, Seattle, 22, 25:56
10. Lisa Cowden, Seattle, 47, 26:50

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One Response to “PHOTOS: “Cove To Clover” Race Raises $12K For Food Bank”
  1. John Nelson says:

    B-town blog is on it! They beat the race's ability to post the official results (which will happen later today) at BTW, if you registered and didn't get your t-shirt, you'll be able to pick-up your shirt at Mick Kellys Irish Pub or the Tin Room beginning next week. I'll post more info about t-shirt availability once I know when the printer can have them done. T-shirts will also be available for purchase. Thanks to all, see you next year in the sunshine. Wondering if the shirts might say "Beat 20:15" next year.

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