Join runners and walkers from around the North Bank for the inaugural Race for Warmth to support Operation Warm Heart, a Clark Public Utilities customer-funded program to help limited-income families in crisis situations who need help paying their electric bills.
The event—comprised of three separate races, a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a free kids’ run—will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Clark Public Utilities building on 1200 Ft. Vancouver Way. The entry fee is $30 per person and includes a t-shirt, a goodie bag, snacks, and automatic entry into prize drawings. Pre-registration ends of Saturday, Feb. 7, but same-day registration is still available for $40 (although a t-shirt can’t be guaranteed!).
Since its creation in 1985, Operation Warm Heart has provided nearly $2.4 million to about 11,000 customers who are barely making ends meet but who don’t qualify for other government programs that could help them pay their winter bills. Clark Public Utilities customers have, for 20 years, helped make sure that everyone in Clark County has a warm home.
The course begins in the parking lot of Clark Public Utilities, heads south down through Fort Vancouver, down the waterfront and then back to the utility’s parking lot. There will be plenty of water stations along the course with cold water and Gatorade. Participants can pick up packets in the Community Room at Clark Public Utilities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7, or on the morning of the race.