Race Preview: 2016 Reindeer Run (St. Helens)

Holy cow, we are now starting to preview December races! The seventh annual Reindeer Run returns to St. Helens on December 3rd for a community based race that goes the extra mile to keep runners comfortable on a difficult date to predict. Despit the possibilities of cold (or warmth) and rain (or blue skies), warm-up and post-race will be done indoors, with indoor restrooms, coffee, music, and even massages!

We previewed this last year, and wrote this about their race director:

The Reindeer Run has made a huge impact on the community of St. Helens. Donations to the St. Helens Police Department have allowed them to start a Police Academy that helps train new officers and reserve officers for the entire county. This past spring, the academy celebrated their second class of graduates after years of not being able to train any new officers… The Reindeer Run has become one of the biggest sponsors for the community Toy and Joy program serving families in need during the holidays.

Once again, there are three distances – 5k, 10k, and a half. They are all out-and-back, with some roads that may look relatively familiar (St. Helens High School is a transition point on Hood to Coast). Though the registration fees are pretty high, know that you will receive some swag (all receiving a long-sleeved tech top and half finishers will receive a medal), and money will be going to the the very important beneficiaries: Columbia County Toy-n-Joy, the Columbia Food Bank, and the St. Helens Police Academy.

Come decked out in costume for an opportunity to win a future free entry. Check out the race FAQ for info on bib pick-up, parking, and other specifics.

Reindeer Run  (St. Helens)
When: 8am for half (9a for 10k and 930a for 5k) on Saturday, December 3
Where: Columbia River Foursquare Church
Register: Online here; 5k – $50, 10k – $60, Half – $70

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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