Wilkes University


Wilkes University Running Club Raised $1,800 with Relay for Heat Event To Help Ease Home Heating Crisis

The Wilkes University Running Club raised $1,800 at its annual 100-mile Relay for Heat to assist local families with their heating bills. All proceeds were given to the Commission for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Martin Luther King Fuel Fund and used exclusively to avert home heating crises.

The event, held in February, started at the top of the dikes on the Kingston side of the Susquehanna River. Every runner ran a four-mile leg of the relay until the 100 miles was covered. The first four-mile leg started at the two-mile marker on the dikes in Kirby Park and turned around at the zero-mile marker in Kingston.

 Running club presents check from Relay for Heat

From left, Dave Ritter, director of Housing Counseling - ‎Commission on Economic Opportunity, receives the check for $1,800 from running club president Franco Balbuena of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., along with William Terzaghi, biology professor and advisor, and Kevin Kachurak of Macungie, Pa., running club treasurer.