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Many contributors made inaugural Ralph Painter Memorial Run a success

On behalf of the Ralph Painter Memorial Run committee, we would like to say thank you to all the runners and walkers who made our first run such a remarkable success.

You guys were awesome!

Additionally, we would like to say thank you to the following sponsors and supporters: Race Northwest, RS Media, Paulson Printing, Screen Magic, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, Bardy Trophy, city of Rainier, Rainier School District, Columbia County Sheriff's Office volunteers, City of St. Helens, Columbia County Road Department, Riverside Community Church, Columbia River Foursquare, Sunshine Pizza, Rodda Paint, KOHI Radio, KGW, The Spotlight, The Clatskanie Chief and The Chronicle newspapers.

Also, we are grateful to the many businesses who helped us by posting and distributing flyers, advertising on their reader boards or by other means.

We realize that it takes a team effort to make an event successful and we appreciate everyone's willingness to help.

Finally, we wish to thank the following individuals who also contributed to this event: Mayor Jerry Cole, Brad and Kate Pinkstaff, Mark Knutson, Gene Strehlou, Maloney family, Mashelle Painter, Julie Heuer, Angie Kneeland, Rob Smith, Ken Stansbury, Paul Stansbury, Jimmy May, Adam Havens, Mike and Marge Murphy, Gus Noelke, Gus Hall, Sarah Hall, Paul and Janice Rice and Ira Swanson.

Thank you seems so insufficient in conveying our gratitude for everyone's part in this event.

Once again, thank you very much. We are looking forward to next year's run and hope to see you all again.

- Alan Painter and Jeff Maloney, Race Directors