Wilkes University Running Club Holds Relay for Heat on Feb. 24 to Raise Funds to Ease Home Heating Crisis

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (02/13/2018) The Wilkes University Running Club will hold its annual 100-mile Relay for Heat to raise funds to assist local families with their heating bills. All contributions are given to the Commission for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Martin Luther King Fuel Fund and used exclusively to avert home heating crises.

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24. Participants will meet at 6 a.m. at the path on the top of the dikes on the Kingston side of the Susquehanna River. Every runner will run a four-mile leg of the relay until the 100 miles is covered. The first four-mile leg starts at the two-mile marker on the dikes in Kirby Park and turns around at the zero-mile marker in Kingston. The event usually finishes around 7 p.m.

Last year the club raised over $1,900 by collecting donations from campus and the community. Individuals can support the event by pledging an amount per mile ran or a fixed amount. Please make checks payable to Wilkes University Running Club, write MLK Fuel Fund on the memo line and send the check to "Relay for Heat," c/o Dr. W. Terzaghi, Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766.

For more information contact the running club advisor, William Terzaghi at (570) 288-0776, (570) 817-1828 or william.terzaghi@wilkes.edu or Franco Balbuena, running club president, at franco.balbuena@wilkes.edu.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.