The 5th annual Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K took place on September 13 in Petaluma. Winning the challenging half marathon was Empire Runner Vojta Ripa, along with Sarah Hallas – who both won the inaugural race in 2011. Tyler Harwood (also an ERC member) won the 5K, along with Petaluma’s Shannan Salvisberg. (results here)
In this exclusive interview, we chat with Clo the Cow to get the scoop!
Q: What is your secret for getting in shape for a half marathon?
A: Staying mootivated is the key! I have found that moo-ving about the pasture and climbing hills can be udderly exhilarating.
Q: Top three reasons to run the Clo-Cow Half Marathon?
A: 1.) Cowbell medals! 2.) Run alongside moo cows 3.) Finisher photos with yours truly
Q: What is your favorite post-race recovery drink?
A: Clover chocolate milk, of course! Did you know that more than 20 studies support the benefits of recovering with the high-quality protein and nutrients in chocolate milk after a tough workout? Find out more by going to www.builtwithchocolatemilk.com
Q: Do you prefer to run alone or with a group?
A: I love to run with a herd of friends; it makes me want to be a clover-achiever and work out those calves.
Q: Has running affected your work in any unexpected ways?
A: Being Sonoma County’s best-known spokescow can be demanding work, so running is a great way to reduce stress and keep feeling young.
Q: How was it hugging all of those sweaty runners?
A: It was definitely a Clo’s encounter! But seeing those smiling faces made it all worth it!
Q: Any other races you recommend?
A: You can’t go wrong with the Urban Cow Half Marathon and Davis Moonlight Races.