News Release – 1/21/2015

For Information: 
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com 

First Annual Race for Warmth to Raise Funds for Clark Public Utilities Operation Warm Heart, February 8, 2015

VANCOUVER, WA – January 21, 2015 – The inaugural Race for Warmth, a 5k walk/run and 10k run to benefit Operation Warm Heart, will be held Sunday, February 8 at the Clark Public Utilities downtown location. Registration is available online now at www.clarkpublicutilities.com and includes a t-shirt and race bag.

The first annual fun run/walk is hosted by Clark Public Utilities in partnership with Area Heating & Cooling. Every $30 registration for the event will help raise funds for local families in financial crisis struggling to pay winter heating bills. 

“So many customers and employees of Clark Public Utilities support Operation Warm Heart with donations throughout the year, but the need in our communities continues to grow so this will help to boost awareness of the program and bring in additional funds,” said Maxie Lofton, Clark Public Utilities communications coordinator. 

Starting with a free fun run for kids ages 5-8 at 8:30 a.m., the Race for Warmth will include a 10k timed race at 9 a.m. and a 5k run or 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 race route will take runners and walkers through the historic Fort Vancouver and along the Columbia River. Utility employee-volunteers will be staged along the course with refreshments (and encouragement).

“We see the benefit of the program first hand and know how important it is. The Race for Warmth will be a fun way to warm up our New Year’s resolutions while keeping the heat on for local families,” Lofton said. “So far the community has really rallied around this new event and our partners are helping to make it happen with all net proceeds going to Operation Warm Heart.”

Event partners include Area Heating & Cooling, New Tradition Homes, Columbia Credit Union, Northwest Personal Training, Chuck’s Produce, Brewed and Dirty Hands Brewing. Partnership opportunities remain for event prizes if businesses would like to be involved. Contact Maxie Lofton at mlofton@clarkpud.com or 360-992-3599.

About Operation Warm Heart
Since its creation in 1985, Operation Warm Heart 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. For 30 years, Clark Public Utilities customers and employees have generously funded Operation Warm Heart. Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location 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 189,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information at 360-992-3000 or www.clarkpublicutilities.com.