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Longview Police Department take home the police and fire competition plaque

Saturday, July 28, marked the eighth annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run in Rainier.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALAN PAINTER - Law enforcement officials and firefighters compete in their own division during the Ralph Painter Memorial Run, most competing in full uniform. This year, for the second year in a row, Longview Police Department secured the police and fire competition plaque. The race kicked off at Rainier High School, offering 5K and 10K options for adults and children, as well as a kid's race.

Johnathan Guisinger, 18, of Rainier finished the 10K event with the fastest time out of 15 entrants at 38 minutes, 12 seconds.

As many as 75 entrants competed in the 5K. Adam Shimer, 33, of St. Helens came out on top, however, striking a winning pace of 6.18 for a finish of 19.36.

The Memorial Run was created to honor Ralph Painter, who was killed in 2011 while on duty serving as police chief for Rainier Police Department. Painter, an alumnus of St. Helens High School, was a member of the school's track and field and cross country teams and continued to run for recreation and competitively as an adult.

Each year, law enforcement and firefighters compete in their own division, most in full uniform.

One runner ran the 5K with a weighted vest, wearing a weight for each officer killed in the line of duty over the past year.

This year, for the second year in a row, Longview Police Department took home the police and fire competition plaque.

Proceeds from the run are placed in a scholarship fund for distribution to deserving high school seniors in Columbia County. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALAN PAINTER - The sixth annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run attracted many participants Saturday, July 28, despite weather forecasts of temperatures in the 90s.

This story has been updated to correctly identify how many years the run has taken place.

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