The 5th Annual Ralph Painter Run is back in 2015! Join us in memorial of Police Chief Painter. At this time of year, we honor each of those who have served us, and each of those who continue to serve us. We live in a better place because of our officers in blue. The course is fast, the runners are committed to Fun, Competition, and Fitness. Join with runners and walkers from all over the country who enjoy themselves and raise money for cause.
Here we go . . .
Rainier, Oregon High School
28168 Old Rainier Rd. Map
Register Kids Race (12 and under)
8:30 AM - 10k
8:45 AM - 5k
9:45 AM - Kids Race
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. An alumnus of St. Helens High School, Ralph was a member of both the cross country and track & field teams from 1972-74, excelling in the half mile, mile and two-mile events. He was always a top contender in any race he ran and earned honors as an All-League Athlete and was nominated to the Who's Who in Track & Field his senior year.
From 1974-76, Ralph continued to run while pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Clackamas Community College. 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. This memorial run has been established in his honor and all proceeds from the race will go into a scholarship fund for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County.
Through his dedication as a law enforcement officer for 25 years, and as a resident of Columbia County for the majority of life, Ralph exemplified a true spirit of giving. People were his passion and he loved nothing more than helping the youth in his community. The Painter family is proud to carry on his wonderful spirit of giving by awarding scholarships to youth in the community he served and loved. Please join them and Ralph's fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph's memory and ultimate sacrafice.