Race Preview: Steps to Safety 10k/5k in Salem

The Steps to Safety 10k/5k (formerly known as the Domestic Violence Awareness Run) is taking place in Salem on Saturday, October 11.This race not only hits pretty close to home and my real life work, but is also extremely prevalent with the whole Ray Rice and NFL situation dominating the news right now.

Established in 1990, the Marion County Domestic Violence Council consists of community members and public agencies committed to ending domestic violence.  Participating in the domestic violence walk/run event or becoming a walk/run sponsor will contribute to on-going awareness activities and will show your support for survivors in our community. Fifty-percent of the profits go to help survivors in our community through Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service. The other fifty percent help support future awareness events!

Half of the race proceeds will go to the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service (MVWCS), who in turn provide advocacy and support for a victims of domestic violence that 1 in 6 women will face in their lifetime.

As for the actual race information, there have been some changes in years past – aside from just the name. Previous years have seen the race held at Minto Brown Park, a popular trailed destination (and popular for races). While I love Minto Brown (and will love it even more when they build the new pedestrian bridge to downtown Salem), I was happy to see a new race course in Salem!

The race will be held on the grounds of the new Department of Public Safety Standards and Training building. It is east of town and near both Corban College and the Marion County Jail. I was running near the college this summer and actually stumbled into this area while on my run. The course hasn’t been displayed yet, but there is some solid potential for some short and steep climbs. They have described the course on their Facebook page as having “everything from trails, to a paved “road” through their Scenario Village.” There are a variety of trails in the area, and I expect them to be put to good use.

Aeriel view of the race area.

Following the race, there will be some snacks and drinks as well as entertainment. If you feel like supporting this great cause even more, there will be (paid) mini-golf, carnival games, henna tattoos and other entertainment options.

I strongly urge you to support this race and check out a new race location – one that has never been utilized before, as well as support a very important cause.


Steps to Safety 10k/5k (Salem)
When: 9a for 10k, 930a for 5k
Where: Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (4190 Aumsville Hwy, Salem)
Register: Online here; $30 includes tech shirt or group of four for $100

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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