by Jennifer Connors, Eugene Water & Electric Board (and a Southeast Neighbor)
Brisk mornings and changing leaves means that one of Eugene’s finest community events is just around the corner: EWEB’s Run to Stay Warm.
What started in 2007 as a small community fundraiser has grown into one of the most anticipated outdoor events of the season. One of the few fall races that includes a half-marathon, the Run to Stay Warm has something for everyone, including elite and novice runners and walkers.
In addition to the half-marathon, the event includes 5K and 10K runs/walks, and a free Kids’ 400 meter dash, led by Sluggo, the Eugene Emerald’s mascot. The various courses, following the flat bike paths along the Willamette River, begin and end at the River Edge Plaza adjacent to EWEB headquarters, 500 E. Fourth Ave.
Not only is this race fun for the whole family, it supports a great cause. All proceeds benefit EWEB’s Customer Care program, which helps income-eligible customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bill.
Last year the race attracted more than 1,300 runners and walkers from across the country and raised almost $45,000! And this year the Run to Stay Warm celebrates its 10th anniversary!
We hope to see you Sunday, Nov. 20 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) for the Run to Stay Warm. You’ll do something good for yourself while helping the community!