Second annual Family Power Walk/5K/10K roots up participation through free tree giveaway
Plattsmouth, Neb.- The second annual Volt Bolt 5K/10K/Family Power Walk, set for Plattsmouth on October 7, is branching out – literally.
The Nebraska Public Power District debuted the athletic competition in Kearney last year, but this year, the statewide utility is stepping up to help the community it serves replace many of the trees destroyed during a windstorm that struck the community this past June.
A total of 35 oak trees will be given to the City of Plattsmouth, which has designated the Oak Hill Cemetery and Garfield Park as the location where the trees will be planted. These public locations received extensive canopy damage during the storm, and most trees damaged or lost were very old oaks.
Free trees to customers, too
Saturday morning, between 6:30 to 9:00 a.m., NPPD will also be giving away fruitless pear or tulip trees to the first 50 Plattsmouth residents who bring their NPPD bill or show their mobile app account information to Volt Bolt organizers. Only one tree will be given to qualifying recipients, and any remaining trees will be given to the city.
NPPD secured the trees through the “Free Trees for Fall Planting” program, which is supported by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the U.S. Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Grants.
Race/Power Walk details
As for Saturday’s Volt Bolt, both the 5K and 10K races begin at 8 a.m., starting at the Entertainment Plaza in downtown Plattsmouth.
On-line registration is being accepted at www.nppd.com/volt-bolt through Friday, October 6. Entry cost is $25 per runner. Race-day registration will run between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at a cost of $30.
Participants can run/walk either the 5K or 10K race, with both races finishing at the Entertainment Plaza. Each registered participant will receive a t-shirt, and awards will be presented to the top three in each age group by gender, with a separate award for overall male and female winner.
A Family Power Walk is open to all ages who would like to partake in the festivities, get some exercise, and support Pennies for Power. The cost is $10 per family. The Power Walk is not timed and participants will not receive a race bib or t-shirt. Power walk participants register on race day and will walk the trails around Rhylander Park.
Proceeds from the race will go towards NPPD’s “Pennies for Power” program, an energy assistance program which helps disadvantaged families pay energy-related expenses. The program is administered by 211 of Nebraska and Iowa and the United Way of the Midlands.
For more information or to register for the Volt Bolt go to www.nppd.com/volt-bolt.