News Release – 1/29/2019

Clark Public Utilities 2019 Race for Warmth a Wild Success, Funds Benefit Operation Warm Heart

The fifth annual Clark Public Utilities Race for Warmth was the largest and most successful yet, raising more than $60,000 for Operation Warm Heart.
This year, 1,479 community members walked or ran in the timed 5k or 10k events. .Every dollar of registration fees, along with donations will assist local families in financial crisis cover home heating expenses.

“Every year the event has grown in both participation and funds raised,” said Maxie Mayer, Clark Public Utilities Marketing and Events Specialist. “The generosity of our Clark County community, including our steadfast business partners who help to cover all hard costs of the event, never ceases to amaze us here at the utility.”

Beginning five years ago with 500 participants, the Race for Warm has grown every year with increased community support and participation from the area’s local runners. This year included 150 more registrants and at least an additional $8,000 in donations over 2018. Burgerville restaurants across Clark County collected nearly $20,000 in donations, nearly double last year’s total.
A special thank you goes to event partners include Area Heating & Cooling, Trane, New Tradition Homes, CoreTek Reps, Columbia Credit Union, 811 Call Before You Dig, NW Personal Training, WHY Racing, Chuck’s Produce, Identify Advertising, Franz Bakery, Burgerville, Trusty’s Brewing, WPUDA, Active Telesource, Royal restrooms, Corwin Beverage and CRESA. Promotional support was provided by The Columbian, Comcast Spotlight, Pacific Outdoor and National Cinemedia.

About Operation Warm Heart
Operation Warm Heart is a donor-funded program that helps community members in financial crisis who may not qualify for other payment assistance. Since its creation in 1985, more than 11,000 customers have received nearly $2.4 million in grants from Operation Warm Heart—generously provided by Clark Public Utilities customers, employees and local businesses. Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location, online at or by calling 360-992-3000.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 195,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 35,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas.