Race Preview: Race Against Child Abuse in St. Helens

race-against-child-abuse-logoA race with to support a cause that is dear to my heart is taking place in St. Helens on June 7. The 2014 Race Against Child Abuse features a half marathon, 10k, and 5k. Before I get into any race related stuff, I want to feature the cause first. In my “real life” job this is a program that I am familiar with and I know does great work. All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Amani Center. Here is a description:

The Center is a non-profit organization created to assist Columbia County in responding to child abuse through the child forensic interviewing and medical assessment, treatment of children (birth – 18 years) alleged to have been sexually abused, physically abused, emotionally abused, neglected and/or witnessed a violent crime including domestic violence. The Amani Center’s mission is to “minimize trauma to child abuse victims through professional medical diagnosis and treatment in a secure and child-friendly environment with the goal of preventing child abuse in all forms.

race-against-child-abuse-flyerOn to the race information. The races will be a great combination of country and city running, but will stay on hard asphalt and packed gravel the entire time. The race courses look simple, but will definitely present a challenge. The half will feature almost 2,200 feet of total elevation gain. But with major climbs come major views, and some great ones are expected here.

I could spend all day outlining the specifics of this race, but they have provided an outstanding press release which gives fantasic details, from parking directions to course and elevation maps and everything in between. Check it out!


Race Against Child Abuse (St. Helens)

When: Saturday, June 7

  • Half Marathon Start: 8:00 am
  • 10k Start: 9:00 am
  • 5k Start: 9:15 am
  • 1 Mile Start: 9:30 am
  • Course Closes: 11:30 am
  • Awards: 11:00 am

Where: Columbia View Park

Register: Online here;

  • 1/2 Marathon $60
  • 10k Run $50
  • 5k Run/Walk $40
  • 1 Mile Run/Walk $30
  • Kids 1 mile: 13 and under ONLY Free
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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