Operation Warm Heart

Race for Warmth

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.

Operation Warm Heart

Here’s a heart-warming fact about Clark Public Utilities that you may not know: this local utility company offers a program called Operation Warm Heart that, since its inception in 1985, has helped 11,000 families pay their utility bills during lean financial times. Over the last 30 years, this program—funded by the generous donations of employees and customers—raised over $2.4 million to help local families in need who may not qualify for other government programs. On Sunday, Feb. 8, Clark Public Utilities hosted the first annual Race for Warmth, which raised $19,000 to help even more Clark County families through Operation Warm Heart.

RaceforWarmthThe timed 10k run and 5k run/walk took nearly 600 participants on a route through historic Fort Vancouver and along the Columbia River and included a free kids’ run led by Butch, the WSU Vancouver mascot, followed by a high-energy Zumba warm-up led by Northwest Personal Training. Snacks were provided by Chuck’s Produce and coffee and cocoa was donated by Brewed 360. An after-party hosted by Dirty Hands Brewery had racers lined up around the block for a free pint and pretzel. Main partner Area Heating & Cooling hosted a warming tent and water station, New Tradition Homes helped to provide race t-shirts, Columbia Credit Union donated dozens of prizes, and Burgerville raised more than $3,000 through in-store donations and proceeds of warm beverage sales.

Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location or by calling 360-992-3000. For more details, visit www.clarkpublicutilities.com. In the meantime, click here to see a video of the event.

 

Race for Warmth

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.

Race for Warmth

RFW-LogoSMJoin 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.