The third annual Race for Warmth, a 5k walk/run and 10k run to benefit Operation Warm Heart, will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Clark Public Utilities downtown location at 1200 Fort Vancouver Way. Registration is available online now at www.raceforwarmth.com and includes a long-sleeve performance shirt, a race bag, and admission to an after-run party with free snacks and fun adult beverages! The fun run/walk is hosted by Clark Public Utilities in partnership with Area Heating & Cooling and other local businesses. Every $30 registration for the event (or $40 on the day of the race) will help raise funds for local families in financial crisis struggling to pay winter heating bills. Over the past two years, more than a thousand warm-hearted participants raised over $56,000. All the registration fees go straight to people in need.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. with a free kids’ fun run for ages five to eight, the Race for Warmth will include a 10k timed race at 9 a.m. and a 5k run/walk at 9:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each category and all participants in the kids’ race will receive a prize. The 10k race route will take runners and walkers through the historic Fort Vancouver and along the Columbia River. The 5k route loops through the downtown area. Dozens of PUD volunteers will line the routes as course marshals and flaggers keep racers safe and on track.
Since its creation in 1985, Operation Warm Heart—generously funded by donations from Clark Public Utilities customers and employees—has provided nearly $2.4 million to about 11,000 customers in financial crisis. The donor-funded program helps families in need who may not qualify for other government programs. Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location or by calling 360-992-3000.