Reindeer Run

Race Day FAQ’s

Reindeer Run FAQ

Is there a packet pick-up? When do I get my bib number, time chip, and shirt?

On Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., you can beat the rush on race day and pick up your bib number, time chip, and race shirt at Columbia River Foursquare. Or you can pick them up the morning of the race.

Are there local accommodations for out of town participants?

Yes. If you are from out of the area and would like to come and stay the night before the race the Best Western in St. Helens will provide you with a discounted night’s stay. Just mention that you are with the Reindeer Run. Their normal rate of $125/night has been cut to $89 (*includes tax) for all Reindeer Run participants. 503-397-3000

Where do I go?

The race will start and finish at Columbia River Foursquare Church located at 555 Commons Drive in St. Helens, Oregon. We are located approximately 30-45 minutes outside of the Portland metro area on Highway 30 and 30 minutes south of Longview, Washington.

Where do I park?

There is parking available next to the church as well as any parking spaces across Commons Drive. 

What time can I check-in?

The registration table will be ready at 7:00 a.m. so feel free to arrive anytime from then on. If you pick up your stuff at packet pick-up on prior to race day there is no other need to do any check-in prior to the race.

Is there a bag drop?

Yes, there will be a place to check-in your belongings if you are unable to leave them in your vehicle. Just proceed to the “Bag Drop” sign in the commons and a volundeer will assist you.

What are the start times?

Being a chip timed race, we will be having staggered start times.

Is there a place for my family to wait for me while I am on the course?

We are very pleased to be able to offer a very comfortable and festive place for any friends and family to wait while you are on the course sweating it out! There is a beautiful room, decorated for the holidays, filled with music and refreshments. They will be able to look out a window at the finish line as they anticipate your return.

What aid is available on the route?

The 5k participants will receive aid at the 5k turn around at McBride school and upon finishing their course. The 10k course will have an aid station at mile 1, 2.3, 3.9, and 5. The Half Marathon will have an aid station at mile 1, 2.3, 4.9, 8.70, 10.75, and 12. All aid stations will have water, gatorade, and a sani-can.

Is the course marked?

Yes! All three courses will be marked with arrows on sandwich boards, mile markers and volundeers. You can look for a candy cane striped arrow with our mascot “Randy the Reindeer” on it.

Will the streets be closed for the race?

No, there will not be any streets closed for the race. All participants will run on the sidewalk on the right side of the road until McBride school. Then there will be “volundeers” directing the racers for the half marathon and 10K to cross to the other side so they will then be running against traffic. The 5k turn around is at the McBride school. We have done our best to anticipate any traffic issues and will have volundeers at those spots to stop traffic so you can proceed unhindered. However, please use wisdom if considering playing chicken with a several thousand pound vehicle! It is not worth saving a few seconds from your finish time.

When are the awards ceremonies?

There will be awards ceremonies for each race when the top finishers have completed their prospective courses. Awards will be given for overall male/female winner in each race and the top three finishers in each age group. The age groups are broken up in five year intervals.

If I am signed up as a walker can I run a little?

No. Since there will be ribbons for the first through third places you cannot run if you have signed up for the walk. However, if you signed up for the run you can walk as much as you desire! If you realize you have signed up in the wrong category just send me an e-mail and I can make the correction.

Can I access a map of the course?

You can see a map of the course on the website as well as check out a map that will be on the wall in the commons at Columbia River Foursquare at the start of the race.


We are very fortunate to have about 50+ awesome “volundeers” that will be coming to make your race as enjoyable as possible. Please let them know how much you appreciate them when you are out on the course.

What do I do after the race?

After you finish the race you will receive a special gift when you cross the line, keeping in the spirit of the season! Then you can hang out and enjoy some refreshments that will be provided for you. There will also be two massage therapists offering free massage while you listen to Christmas music and rest from your accomplishment! If you need any first aid there will also be an RN available to assist you at the first aid station in the commons.

We look forward to seeing you at Oregon’s only Reindeer Run!

Molly Cooke
Race Director