Annual 'Run to Stay Warm' helps keep the heat running

Annual 'Run to Stay Warm' helps keep the heat running

EUGENE, Ore. -- Runners in the annual "Run to Stay Warm" half-marathon on Sunday hit the Riverbank trails to keep their temperatures up, as well as keep the heat running inside of the homes of low-income families around Eugene.

Eugene Water and Electric Board held it's 6th annual "Run to Stay Warm" half-marathon on Sunday. The fundraiser is the sole source of funding that supports EWEB's Customer Care program.

The In the past, participants in "Run to Stay Warm" have raised just under $72,000. EWEB set a goal of $20,000 for this year's run.

Shelley Stephenson, EWEB's Energy Management Specialist, said that the Customer Care program has a big impact on many people in the local community.

"With the Economy the way it is right now, there are plenty of families that are struggling. Working for EWEB you see them coming in daily, and (the program) is a way to assist." said Stephenson.

Today's race started at EWEB's River Edge plaza and followed the bike path along the river.

Stephenson said that while there are many races around town, "Run to Stay Warm" is the only half-marathon going on in Eugene right now.