Race Against Child Abuse

St. Helens, OR

Bringing hope, health, safety, and support to child victims of abuse in YOUR community is as easy as lacing up your walking/running shoes! Join us for the 9th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. With a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile family walk, there’s something for everyone. All proceeds directly benefit the Amani Center. Fighting Child Abuse is an ongoing battle, but you can be part of the solution!

Bringing hope, health, safety, and support to child victims of abuse in YOUR community is as easy as lacing up your walking/running shoes! Join us for the 9th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. With a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile family walk, there’s something for everyone.

All proceeds directly benefit the Amani Center. 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.

Fighting Child Abuse is an ongoing battle, but you can be part of the solution.  

This year we are asking our participants to consider supporting the Amani Center even more through asking your friends/family to sponsor you (the runner/walker) or your race team (you can get a group of friends to do this with you)!  More details and links to register for Race Against Child Abuse fundraising coming soon!

By participating you can make a difference in the life of an abused child.

 Event Awards

  • All paid participants who register by April 1st are guaranteed a Race Against Child Abuse tech shirt.
  • Participant Medals will be awarded to all Half Marathon participants.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded to the top male and female finishers of the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K in each age bracket.
  • All children 13 and under will receive a participant ribbon

Event Courses

1 Mile walk/run Course Map:  http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5817852

5k Course Map:   http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6568682

10k Course Map:   http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6568686

Half Marathon Course Map:  http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6568695

Event Day Information

The morning event is a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1-mile family walk which starts at Columbia View Park in St. Helens, Oregon. Course records for the M-5k, F-5k, M-10k, and F-10k were set in 2012 & 2013. However, the event is not being run for strictly competition - the event is For Fun, For Competition, and For Fitness. Everyone is in one of these categories, so come and enjoy.

Race Start/Finish -  Strand Street, between Strand and the Columbia River.  Across the street from City Hall (275 Strand St., Saint Helens, OR) and adjacent to the Old Court House (230 Strand Street, Saint Helens, OR).  Find it on our map:  https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=206818635638736847957.0004d61ba2240fb15c411

 Additional Information

Packet Pick-up- You may pick-up your t-shirt, bibs and chips 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.  Packet pick up will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 5:00pm– 7:00pm.             

Parking - You may park anywhere near Columbia View Park.  There is street parking as well as parking lots near the park.   Here is link to a map with parking noted: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=206818635638736847957.0004d61b42aa8bf9449d3

Timing equipment - Uberthons is timing the event, and uses Jaguar timing equipment. Overhead RFID antennas capture your time using disposable chips that are fastened to the back of your racing bib. Take the chips home with you - you will not be asked to return the chips. Wear your bib on the upper chest to maximize the chip reads. Chips and timing equipment are manufactured by Innovative Timing Systems - innovativetimingsystems.com. To read about the event timing equipment, go to this link: Best Timing In Oregon and Washington

Valuables – Please do not bring valuables to the venue.  No volunteers will take your possessions; no storage for any article at the event site.

Race course – We have the same fun and challenging courses as last year!  The courses were developed, tested and approved by ORRC runners and previous Race Against Child Abuse runners. 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.

Half Marathon Course: Come see a side of Columbia County you’ve never experienced before. With over 6 miles of back roads and almost 2,200 feet of total elevation gain, this half marathon course is sure to challenge you. The climb up Smith Road is tree-lined (meaning shade from sun or shelter from rain) and beautiful. 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!

We help children move past fear to hope.  Show our kids how tough you are.  Our half marathon is challenging but not to be feared!

Four aid stations will be provided along the route; three will have goodies (gummy bears, fruit, etc.) in addition to water. The course will be open for 3.5 hours (16 min/mile pace). Finish line will be open for 4 hours.

10k Course: 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.)!

5k Course: The 5k course is fairly flat with some gentle rollers. It’s an out and back through downtown St. Helens. The course takes you past the t-ball park and the middle school. One aid station with water will be provided at the turn around.

1 Mile Family Walk Course: This short course was designed to provide fun for the whole family. Bring your wagon and load up the little kids for a trek around Old Town.

Packet Pick-up- TBA

Registration - Please register by April 1st to ensure you receive a Race Against Child Abuse tech shirt.  Registration fees will increase $5.00 on April 1st and $10 on event day.  Shirts are not guaranteed for registration after April 1st.

 Other Important Information:

  • The Half Marathon, 10k & 5k will be chip timed. Uberthons uses disposable chips attached to your race bib so there’s no need to return them after the event.
  • For your safety, bikes and inline skates are NOT allowed on the course.
  • Free public parking is available. Come early to secure yourself a spot near Columbia View Park.
  • Do not bring valuables to the event. Volunteers will not be available to Monitor your possessions.


Runner Premiums:

  • T-Shirt
  • Finishers Medals for Half Marathon participants
  • Post-race food and refreshments
  • Additional medal for Overall Male & Female Winners in each event 
  • Ribbons for Top 3 Finishers in each event and age group
  • All registered children under the age of 13 will receive a participant ribbon



  • Results will be posted on the Uberthon website throughout the event as participants are finishing.
  • See your individual results streaming instantly near the timers tent at the finish line.

When & Where

Apr 22, 2017


8:00 AM

Add to Calendar

Event Schedule

St. Helens, OR

Columbia View Park

Courses & Maps

Get the Mobile App

Get live athlete tracking, full event information, and much more in the palm of your hand with the ITS YOUR RACE app.

Share Your Results

We'll automatically post your results for you on race day. Just connect your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.