What started in 2007 as a small community fundraiser has grown into one of Eugene's finest running events. Last year the race attracted more than 1,300 runners and walkers from across the country and raised almost $45,000. This year the Run to Stay Warm celebrates its 10th anniversary!
Eugene, Water & Electric Board's (EWEB) Run to Stay Warm, featuring a half-marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ 400-meter dash, is on Sunday, Nov. 20. The event starts at EWEB Headquarters, 500 E. Fourth Ave, follows Prefontaine’s old stomping grounds along the Willamette River, and ends at EWEB’s River Edge Plaza.
All proceeds benefit income-eligible customers who are struggling to pay their utility bills and stay warm through the winter months. In its first nine years, the run raised more than $165,000 for EWEB's Customer Care Program.
"This race has something for everyone, from elite to novice runners and walkers,” said Kristen Langham, the race coordinator. “It’s a beautiful time of year to be on the running paths along the river, and the bonus is you’re doing something good for the community."
Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers and to age division winners in each race. Everyone completing the half-marathon will receive a finisher medal. Prizes will be awarded for the Kids' 400 meter dash.
Register online, or swing by EWEB's Customer Service Center at 500 E. Fourth Ave. to sign up. Day of race registration will not be available; however participants will be able to pick up packets on race day. Cost is $50 for the half-marathon, $35 for the 10K, and $25 for the 5K event. The Kids’ 400 meter dash is free for all children 10 and under.
The Kids’ 400 meter dash, led by Sluggo, the Eugene Emerald’s mascot, begins at 9:30 a.m., the half-marathon begins at 10 a.m., and the 5K and 10K events start at 10:15 a.m.
The Run to Stay Warm offers chip timing to provide the quickest and most accurate results. If running or walking in late-November isn't for you, you can contribute with a "Sleep in to Stay Warm" donation. To donate to Customer Care, call EWEB at (541) 685-7000, and feel free to sleep in on Sunday.
EWEB's Customer Care Program helps more than 4,000 households with their utility bills each year.