Small Race Preview: 2018 Ralph Painter Memorial Run – 5K and 10K (Rainier)


Ralph Painter, a long-time resident of Columbia County and most recently Chief of Police for the city of Rainier, Oregon, was an avid runner for many, many years.  He was always a top contender in any race he ran in high school and earned honors as an All-League Athlete. Even after joining the Rainier Police Department in 1988, Ralph continued his passion for running. In 1990, he ran in the Police & Firemen’s Olympics in Canada, finishing 2nd in both the mile and 1/2-mile events. Ralph also ran in the Hood to Coast Relay several times, and had been in training for the Portland Marathon as he had promised his daughter Jennifer he would run the race with her. On January 5, 2011, Ralph Painter was tragically killed while in the performance of his duties. Since then, the Ralph Painter Memorial Run, has been held in his honor with all proceeds from the race going to a scholarship fund for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County.

This race has continued to grow in popularity, with people traveling from the East Coast to participate and many local police departments run it to show their support, usually in full duty gear. The race has a 5K and 10K option. The 5K starts on the high school track and continues on paved road through beautiful Columbia County countryside. One large hill at the beginning with flat/downhill terrain the rest of the course. The 10K course runs the 5K route first and then veers off into the woods for a beautiful, well marked trail run. Both distances end back at the high school track and are dog and stroller friendly!

This race is chip timed and all participants will receive medals.  There is both pre and post race refreshments and snacks and raffle prizes too. Come out and show your support!

Register Here!

What: Ralph Painter Memorial Run

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • 8:30 AM – 10k Start
  • 8:45 AM – 5k Start
  • 9:45 AM – Kids Race Start

Where: Rainier High School, 28170 Old Rainier Rd, Rainier, OR 97048


  • 10K Adults $40
  • 10K Kids 17 and under $25
  • 5K Adults $35
  • 5K Kids 17 and under $20
  • Kid’s Race $10


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