Kearney, Neb. – If you are a runner or a walker, mark down Saturday, Oct. 15, as a day you can be of help to those less fortunate.
On that day, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will host the 1st Annual Volt Bolt 5K road race at Yanney Heritage Park in Kearney. Proceeds from the event go towards NPPD’s Pennies for Power energy assistance program.
The Volt Bolt fires up at 9 a.m. beginning at the Rotary Shelter. Participants will run/walk the trail along the Kearney Whitewater Park and scenic Turkey Creek east to the hotel district and back. Registration fee for the race is $25 per participant with race day registration being $30 per participant.
“The beneficiaries of the race are the runners and walkers who will cover more than three miles by foot and by their participation they are helping those in the community who are disadvantaged,” said Scott Margheim, coordinator of the race for NPPD. “Registration fees for the race go to the Pennies for Power program helping to pay energy-related expenses for those in need. In Buffalo County during 2015, $7,500 was used to help with energy assistance.”
Since 2002, NPPD’s Pennies for Power energy assistance program has helped disadvantaged families pay energy-related expenses. The program is administered by the Nebraska 2-1-1 hosted by the United Way of the Midlands who screens applicants and determines program eligibility. Funds for the program come from donations from NPPD customers and NPPD employees.
Besides the race competition, there will be a Family Power Walk ($10 per family) plus an Energy Fest event celebrating Public Power Month. Events include live-line safety trailer demonstrations, a little lineworker’s rodeo, solar car races, along with a variety of interactive activities for individuals of all ages.
Awards will be presented to the top three individuals in each age group by gender, with a separate award for the first overall male and female finisher. Age groups include 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and up.
Packet pickup and race day registration will be available at Yanney Park from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the day of the Volt Bolt 5K. Registration can be also be done online at www.nppd.com/volt-bolt.