2020 Virtual Race Against Child Abuse

St. Helens, OR


Contact Beth Pulito regarding transferring your registration to our Virtual Race still to be held on Saturday, April 25th

Email Beth at bpulito@amanicenter.org

Strap on your tennis shoes to take steps and make strides in fighting child abuse in Columbia County. Join us for the 12th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse, on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

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 12th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse, on Saturday, April 25, 2020. 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 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.

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

Event Schedule:
     Half Marathon - 8am
     1-Mile Family Walk/Run - 8:30am
     10K - 9am
     5K - 9:15am

Event Awards - Awards for the 2020 Virtual Race have been canceled to direct more support to children facing abuse and neglect during COVID-19.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to showering you with bling in 2021 for both the Virtual and In-Person Races.

  • Modified SWAG for 2020 - printable bib, printable certificate of completion, coupons for a cup of soup at Plymouth Pub (St. Helens), $1 off coupon for a Pint of your choice at Running Dogs Brewery (St. Helens), selfie background image for training and race day posts

Returning in 2021:
  • All paid participants who register by April 3rd are guaranteed a Race Against Child Abuse Shirt.  Additional shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Finisher Medals will be awarded to all participants.
  • "Stews" coupons for all registered participants to enjoy a cup of "stew" after the race.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place pins will be awarded to the top male and female finishers of the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K in the following age categories:  14-20; 21-30; 31-40; 41-50; 51-60; 61 and over.  Overall Medals (1st, 2nd & 3rd) will be awarded to the top three male & female finishers in each race (regardless of age).
  • All children 13 and under will receive a participant ribbon regardless of which race they participate in.


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, all which start from Columbia View Park in St. Helens, Oregon. This event is For Fun, For Competition, and For Fitness. Everyone fits one of these categories - so this event is For YOU!


Race Start/Finish -  Strand Street, between Strand and the Columbia River in Columbia View Park.  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 shirt, participant bib w/ timing chip and sponsor coupons at Northlake Physical Therapy in Old Town St. Helens on Wednesday, April 22nd (from 3:30pm to 6:30pm).  Northlake Physical Therapy is located at 21 Cowlitz Street, St. Helens, OR 97051.

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 the official timer for the Race Against Child Abuse 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, VISIBLY, on the upper chest to maximize the chip reads and to allow video recording of your bib number as you cross the finish line. 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 – Coat check will be available at Northlake Physical Therapy (21 Cowlitz Street, St. Helens, OR 97051) on the day of the race.  Please note that Northlake Physical Therapy is approximately 1 block from the race start, so give yourself enough time to drop off valuables and get to the starting line before your race start time.  Coat check will be open from 7:30am until the last racer finishes the finish line or 11:30am (whichever comes first).


Race course – Our challenging courses are tried and true...developed, tested and approved by ORRC runners, previous Race Against Child Abuse participants, and local running enthusiasts. The entire course is on asphalt or hard-packed gravel with hills on the 10K & Half Marathon courses. Directional signs are used to guide runners throughout the course and CERT certified personnel are stationed along the course as well.  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 fourth is at the finish line. This is an out and back course; therefore, water/aid stations are available on the 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. You may run, walk, or bike the course any time prior to the event.


Half Marathon Course:
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!

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!

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.  No walkers are allowed on this course, although run/walkers are welcome.

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 stroller or wagon and load up the kiddos for a trek around Old Town.  Registered participants receive a shirt and "stews" coupon.  All participants receive a participation ribbon.

Packet Pick-up - Northlake Physical Therapy on Wednesday, April 22nd from 3:30pm-6:30pm.


Registration - Please register by April 3rd to ensure you receive a Race Against Child Abuse shirt. Discount codes are in place through March 13th and April 3rd.  Registration is full price after April 3rd and shirts are not guaranteed for registration after that date.


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.
  • We suggest that you do not bring valuables to the event as volunteers will not be available to monitor your possessions on site.  However, there will be a coat check available at Northlake Physical Therapy (a block away from the park/start line) for you to check in items and retrieve them as soon as you have completed your event.  Coat Check will be available from 7:30am to 11:30am, please make sure that you are able to complete the event you have registered for within that timeframe.


Runner Premiums:

  • Race T-shirt
  • Finishers dog tags for Half Marathon, 10K & 5K participants
  • Post-race food and refreshments
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals for Overall Male & Female Winners in each event
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place pins for male & female winners in age categories
  • All registered children age 13 and under will receive a participant ribbon regardless of which race they participate in



  • 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 25, 2020


7:00 AM

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