2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge

Vernonia, OR – If you’ve visited Vernonia on a Saturday in the Summer, you’ll see many cyclists. Vernonia known to many as a bustling cycling community will be the start of the 2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge Race Saturday, June 17th.  A local group of volunteers that involve business owners and community leaders from across Columbia County have been working over the past three years to bring this race to Columbia County. The Columbia Country Challenge is the only organized cycling race in Columbia County put on by locals who care about enhancing the cycling opportunities in Columbia County.

In 2016, the group held their 1st race the 3rd Saturday in June which brought 100 cyclists out to explore the scenic views in Columbia County. The 1st year race also was voted #2 race by Bike Oregon for the category of Best Bike Ride.  The volunteers are building off the first year success receiving more support from sponsors and volunteers but could always use more support.  The goal of the race is to strengthen the cycling community in Columbia County.  Proceeds from this race help enhance our ride and cycling improvements in honor of Phil Barlow according to their website it was Phil “ who planted the seed for this concept and cared passionately about expanding opportunities for bicycling and fashioning Columbia County as a bicycling destination.”

Gearing up for its 2nd year brings a few changes to the new event.  Last year the race started in St Helens, this year it’s in Vernonia.  You have the option to pick three types of rides out of Vernonia.  The Century Plus 119 miles, Metric Century Plus, 86 miles or the 40-mile gravel ride through commercial timberline.  Go to the website to see the full map to determine which path is the one you shall choose.  Rolling hills, farmland, historic logging trails, scenic views of the Pacific Northwest, what’s not to like?  It’s not too late to join the upcoming race as a cyclist or as a volunteer. You can register online at http://cyclecolumbiacounty.com/registration/    While it lasts use special code CCC17  for a 2 for 1, so grab a friend.  Enjoy your ride whatever one you choose!

Photo Courtsey Cycle Columbia County Facebook
Photo Courtsey Cycle Columbia County Facebook

#cyclecolumbiacounty #cyclecolumbiacentury #cycleoregon #outdoors #familyfriendly #funforall

 

 

 


Meet Carleen, She knows Fitness!

Carleen Mathews Photo Courtsey of CrossFit, Inc.
Photo Courtsey of CrossFit St. Helens Facebook Page

St. Helens, OR-  Have you met Carleen Mathews?  She’s not your typical business owner and owning a CrossFit business isn’t typical.  One could say Carleen has CrossFit in her blood.  She has always loved competitive sports, playing softball in college.  She worked hard to get scholarships, graduating with a degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies from Concordia University.  When asked why she loves to compete, Carleen shared, “I love the challenge of making myself better every day!  I always say, once it’s easy or I’m not improving there will be no reason for me to continue. That’s the amazing thing about this sport, it constantly pushes me to be better every day! I get to see what I’m capable of and then improve that!”

Competing and CrossFit go hand in hand.  What is CrossFit?  CrossFit is a type of exercise that consists of a daily class in four parts:  Warm-up, Skill, Workout of the Day and Cooldown.  CrossFit offers a variety of classes for groups , such as for 12-17, and any skill set can join.  CrossFit is a long-term physical development that promotes health and well-being.

In 2010, when Carleen tried CrossFit, she was hooked. During her 1st year, she found herself competing in the local CrossFit games.  For the past six years, she has competed at Regionals, and at the CrossFit Games the last two years.  Carleen has many impressive accomplishments at the age of 33 such as:

2012  NW Regionals 18th Place

2013  NW Regionals 9th Place

2014 NW Regionals 4th Place

2015  2nd Place West Coast Regionals & 36th at CrossFit Games

2016 Fittest in Northwest, NW Regionals 1st  & 23rd at CrossFit Games

2017 Fittest in Northwest- More to be determined with upcoming Regionals June 2-4th at the Expo Center in Portland.   The Top 5 will move forward to compete at the CrossFit Games the first week in August in Madison, Wisconsin  Please follow along on the Crossfit Reader board to cheer Carleen on at Regionals.

When Carleen isn’t training to compete, she loves to train and coach.  Carleen shared, “We took over the CrossFit gym because my coach had previously owned it and I was coaching out here full time. When they decided they wanted to focus more on their other business, my coach offered for me to take over the gym. The community out here is the best part about owning the gym. I couldn’t leave them and wanted to continue to work with this community. The main reason we took over was the community. I never imagined myself owning my own gym. I love CrossFit and I love competing but it was never on my long term goals to own my own gym.  But when the opportunity came up and I thought about leaving this community I couldn’t say no.”

When asked what her biggest challenge was for training she replied, “There are so many challenging parts to owning a business and training for the Games. It is my full-time job training for the Games, so I think balance is one of the hardest things because I need to balance my training, business, marriage, relationships etc. I am also training a lot alone and that has been very challenging.”

Anyone can take classes at CrossFit St. Helens –  view schedule on their website.  You can keep up with her events and coaching tips on their Facebook page @CrossFitStHelens.  You can even google Carleen.  She has been featured in several fitness magazines, on Instagram, Blogs and more.  She is a local hero to many, especially those who work out in her classes.  Help us cheer her on in the upcoming 2017 Regional CrossFit Games on June 2nd- 2017  in Portland.  If you are downtown St Helens, you might just spy her training outside of her location.

Photo courtesy TeamCarleen Instagram

#crossfit #physicalfitness #sthelensor #crossfitsthelens

 

 


Join the 9th Annual Race Against Child Abuse

St. Helens, OR – Established in 2000 as a 501(c) nonprofit, the Amani Center is a community-based assessment & treatment services center, that helps children who have been abused in a child-friendly setting to minimize trauma and raise awareness against child abuse.   Every year since 2009, they have held a walk to promote Child Abuse Awareness in our communities as well as a fundraiser for the organization.  This year marks the 9th Annual Race which you can support our children in our community by participating in a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon or if you’re not a runner join the 1 mile Walk on April 22nd, 2017.

Beth Pulito, Development Director, shared why this race is so important for Columbia County.  Beth said, “Although this is an annual race, just recently we have been trying to consistently hold in in April, which is the National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  This race gives us an opportunity to raise necessary funds to provide forensic interviews and medical evaluations to children of Columbia County suspected of abuse or neglect.  It’s an event that allows participation and support from all ages and all levels of fitness, with distances from our 1 Mile Family Fun Walk to a beautiful and challenging Half Marathon.  We have great volunteers who assist us in many facets of the event, supportive vendors who make our event run smoothly and fabulous sponsors and participants who see the value in supporting our mission and the children we serve.  We see amazing growth potential for this event in the future and look forward to participants and partners collaboration to continue and evolve a long-standing race in Columbia County.’

It’s not too late to register.  Go to https://raceagainstchildabusehalfmarathon.itsyourrace.com/register/ use the promo code special for a discount.  Stay in touch as another race is in the works for July in Clatskanie.  Stay tuned on their FB page for more details  #familyfriendlyfun #childabuseawareness #columbiacounty #halfmarathon #walk #fundraiser

 

 


Open House and Farewell Party – You are Invited!

St. Helens, OR-  Zingti Massage is tucked up on the 2nd Floor of the Professional Building along with neighbor KOHI 1600 AM Radio at 36200 Pittsburg Road Suite F .  You may also recognize the name Zingti  because they support many local nonprofits specifically runs for American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Monster Dash for Rotary during Spirit of Halloweentown.    Zingti Massage owner Paul Estrella is turning over the reins to Lindsey King, new owner but not new to massage.

You may recognize her name.  Lindsey is known for her dedication to children here in Columbia County where she was the prior Executive Director for the  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program. She has a passion for helping people.  She has worked as a massage therapist before 20  years ago in Colorado.  She missed being a massage therapist deciding to go back to her roots in massage as an entrepreneur.

Lindsey wanted to partner with Paul because, “Zingti had been in practice for almost ten years and had a great reputation for their treatment plans, when I became aware Paul Estrella the former owner was looking to move to the coastal region and open another practice there. During this time I spent the better part of a year under Paul’s direct supervision learning how he massaged and why.”

Zingti offers a variety of services such as Deep tissue, Event Sports Massage, Geriatrics, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy Massage, Seated Chair Massage, Swedish/American. Reiki and Reflexology.  Lindsey can customize each treatment plan specifically for her clients.  They also offer an easy online schedule system www.zingtimassage.com and work with Insurance.

Zingti Massage is hosting an open house and farewell party for one of our communities’ favorite Massage therapist Paul Estrella on March 23rd from 4:30-7:00 PM.   Paul has helped many in our community for the last 10 years.  Please stop in and learn more about Paul’s new adventures in Ocean Park, WA and meet new owner, Lindsey King.  Best wishes to both as they continue on their next adventures! #smallbusiness #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #healthandwellness #massage #health


Columbia County Holiday Fun!

St. Helens, OR –  As the holiday season approaches, many of you may have children on school break or are anticipating company visiting.  It’s always a good idea to be proactive with a few ideas in your back pocket should the question come up “What is there to do around here?”

Just a few ideas to help jog your memory keeping everyone full of holiday cheer.

Both St. Helens and Scappoose have great libraries.  They offer programs for adults and kids such as the Dash & Dot Team Challenge on Dec 29th from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM.  Find more information at Scappoose Public Library Events and Details.    Go to St. Helens Library Calander to find interesting classes such as Beginning Ukulele maybe for the teenage kids or just quality time with your mom or dad.

Scappoose Public Library Dec 29th Event

Eisenschmidt Pool offers a variety of options for kids of all ages or exercise if you need some me time!  St Helens Pool Schedule

Photo Courtesy: SHEDCO

Around sunset is the perfect time to check out all the beautiful lights at the Courthouse Plaza Square in St. Helens. Thanks to local nonprofit SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation), you should leave feeling that Holiday Spirit.  Plus, it’s a great spot to take family photos.   Open Anytime & FREE.

It’s not always the specific activity with family that we remember.  It is how we felt when we spend time with our family.  How hard we laughed and the memories we shared.  It’s the moments we spend together that matter.  Keep it simple and wonderful all rolled into one.  Happy Holidays Columbia County!

 

 

 

 

 


Columbia County 1st Century Challenge

C3-logomark (rev 2)If you travel highway 30 on a Saturday, you most likely have seen groups of cyclists ascending into Columbia County from Portland.  For years, these groups of cyclists  have been coming out here to enjoy the CZ (Crown Zellerbach Trail) from Scappoose to Vernonia and onward to Banks, OR.  You see, as a country, we are quite bike friendly. The City of St Helens has a Pedestrian and Bike Commission that meets on a monthly basis.  Plus, many local businesses are bike friendly with bike racks. If you own a business, check out how to become Bike Friendly and more from City of St. Helens Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

To meet the needs of locals and tourists alike, June 18th will mark the 1st Cycle Columbia County, Columbia Centurian Challenge, starting in downtown St Helens riding thru many small towns such as Vernonia, Mist and Columbia City. To see a full route and to register for the challenge which opens soon go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com and “like”  Columbia Century Challenge Facebook page. #hereincc #columbiacenturychallenge #cyclistslovecc
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Annual Walk/Run to Support Local Charities Saturday

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St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run?  It is a signature event in Columbia County.  It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens.  You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.

Don’t worry you still have time to join in on the fun.  Sign up for 6th Annual Reindeer Run.  This year they are adding a new twist with a costume contest.

Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs.  The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. .  Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.

Join in on the fun & get involved in this year’s Reindeer Run!  Click here to learn more about the run.

Reindeer Run

5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run

This upcoming Saturday at the Rainer High School the 5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run will began at 8:30 AM.  This race is a 10K Run & 5 k Run/Walk to honor Ralph Painter, an avid runner for many, many years.   Ralph Painter, a graduate from St. Helens High School, was a long time Columbia County resident serving as the Chief of Police in Rainer, Oregon until he was tragically killed while in the performance of duties on January 5th, 2011.

Over the past five years, this memorial race has generated over $20,000 in scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County.  The race is successful because of the runners, walkers and sponsors.  Please join the Painter family and other fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph’s memory and ultimate sacrafice.  Don’t worry there is still time to participate.  You can pick up packet information starting at 7:30 AM.  To register online by 11:00 PM on Thursday July 23rd or go to Ralph Painter Memorial 10k Run & 5 K Walk for more information.

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Walk with a Cop- Collaboration to Support Columbia County

Did you know that you can Walk with a Cop?  St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham and Officer Alex Bubar, Columbia City have joined St. Helens resident, Judy Thompson’s team, called the  Legacy Devers Dynamos.  Together they invite you to join them in the 2015 NAMI Walk on Sunday May 17th.

What is NAMI?  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education, research, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends of those living with mental illness. The 13th Annual Northwest NAMI Walk is held in Portland.  Every year  representatives from Columbia County have walked to raise awareness about mental health issues.  NAMI holds this event each year to keep NAMI programs and services free of charge for those who need them. More Information on NAMI Walk 2015

For the last four years,  local citizen, Judy Thompson has been walking for Columbia County.  This year her team has raised a little over $7,000.00.  These funds are donated back to local organizations that support mental health awareness such as $500.00 to  Sacagawea Health Center in Feb 2015 to contribute to their  Touch the Heart of a Child” annual fund raiser.   Mental health services for local school children are just one of the many services that Sacagewea Helath Care Center provides .  NAMI Columbia County provided Christmas for Peers of Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) which involved giving out 160 gift cards in Dec 2014. Since 2011. NAMI Columbia County has been assisting with financial resources to help local law enforcement officers attend the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT).  NAMI of Columbia County helps to make an impact.

Join Judy’s team to continue to do good things for Columbia County.  Judy  hopes to have 100 people walking on her team for Columbia County.   Not able to walk?  You can be a Virtual Walker or donate to a great team.   When you support this effort, you help to  spread the word that mental illness is ok to talk.  You help to share that NAMI is a strong resource in and out of crisis.  There is no fee to register to walk.  Go to team page to join and support Sgt. Graham, Officer Bubar and Judy’s dedicated efforts   http://namiwalks.nami.org/devers15

NAMI of Columbia County is a great example of how collaboration helps to strengthen resources in Columbia County.

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St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham, Courtsey of St.Helens Police Department – Facebook Page
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NAMI Columbia County Walkers
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2014 Columbia County Team, Legacy Devers Dynomos