The Wilkes University Running Club is to hold its annual 100 mile “Relay for Heat” starting at 6 a.m. Feb. 23, to help local families pay their heating bills.
Each participant will run a four-mile leg on the Susquehanna River levees until runners have have covered a collective 100 miles. Money raised will go to the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Martin Luther King Fuel Fund.
Participants primarily will be Wilkes students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with other members of the community who have expressed an interest in helping.
“The rationale is that it is expected many members of our community will have a very difficult time paying their heating bills this year,” the running club’s advisor, Will Terzaghi said. “These families are in serious need of assistance and, so again, the Wilkes University Running Club has decided to raise funds for CEO’s Martin Luther King Fuel Fund. Last year, we raised over $2,500 by collecting donations just around our campus and nearby community.”