Race Preview: Race Against Child Abuse in St. Helens, Ore.

taken from race website

The 7th Annual  Race Against Child Abuse, held on April 25th, is a great way for you to help give back to the community and support a worthy cause. All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Amani Center, which 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. Participating in this race will continue to help support their efforts to continue helping children and families alike.

This race has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a half marathon, 10k, 5k, or even a 1 mile family walk, no one will be left out. Not much of a runner, but would like to participate? This race is open to walkers as well, so lace those shoes up, and join in on the fun!

Runners will begin and finish at the Columbia View Park on Strand Street, between Strand and the Columbia River in St. Helens. According to the race website, “The entire course is on asphalt or hard-packet gravel. Directional signs are used to guide runners at over 60 points.  Four aid stations are positioned on the course – the first is 1.55 miles (5K turn around), the second is 3 miles (Pixie Park, 10K turn around), the third is 8 miles (Top of Smith Rd./turn around for Half Marathon) and a forth is at the finish line. This is a there and back course; therefore, water/aid stations are available on way up and back.  For your safety, bikes or inline skates are NOT allowed on the course the day of the Race. Each mile is clearly marked on the course. The Half Marathon, 10k and 5k courses are there and back courses.  You may run, walk, or bike the course any time prior to the event.”

The half marathon course takes on a bit of an elevation challenge, as participants will experience an overall elevation gain of 2200 feet. Don’t let that deter you, though, as the course still guarantees 6 miles of back-roads, and beautiful views as you climb up the lovely tree-lines Smith Road. This isn’t likely to be a PR course, but the scenic views and challenging hills are sure to provide a unique and awesome experience!

Photo of St. Helens taken from Pinterest

 The 10k course is an out and back that takes you through downtown St. Helens and into Columbia City. There is a short, but steep hill you’ll have the opportunity to conquer twice – as you enter & leave Columbia City. Three aid stations will be provided along the route. In addition to water, the station at the turn around point will also have goodies (gummy bears, fruit, etc.)!

Packet pickup will be available on April 23rd from 5-7pm at the St. Helens High School Commons (it is the last parking lot to the school off Gable Road), 2375 Gable Road  St. Helens, OR 97051. Tshirts, bibs, and timing chips (provided by Uberthons) will all be provided at this time.

Register for this race today so you can enjoy the beauty, fun, challenge, and friendly atmosphere this race is guaranteed to provide, as well as support a worthy cause!

When: April 25, 2015

Where: Columbia View Park, St. Helens Oregon 97

Cost: Half- $55, 10k- $45, 5k- $35, 1 mile walk- $25

Website/Registration: http://raceagainstchildabusehalfmarathon.itsyourrace.com/Event.aspx?id=560

Amani Center Website: http://www.amanicenter.org/

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