Hit your stride this running season with Special Olympics Wisconsin

March 28, 2017 4:45pm

Now that Wisconsin is just about thawed out, it’s time to head outside for some spring fun. But don’t walk, run!

Special Olympics Wisconsin has some exciting running events beginning this spring for the runners, or aspiring runners, out there who like a good dose of supporting fantastic causes with their fitness.

Now entering its fifth year, Special Olympics Wisconsin’s popular Run with the Cops begins its series of 10 runs throughout the state next month. In these fun runs to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin, participants get to experience the excitement of running in 5k races at night alongside Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes and community law enforcement personnel. The runs begins in the spring with runs at UW-Parkside in Kenosha on April 22 and in De Pere on May 4. The series takes a break for the summer heat and then resumes in September for the eight fall runs.

Participants jump around for Run with the Cops

Participants jump around for Run with the Cops

Additional features of the Run with the Cops events are interactive displays and stations where participants get to try on SWAT equipment, meet K9 officer, tour mobile command centers and so much more. There are also obstacle courses for the kids, donut-eating contests, glow goodies to light your way on the run, and of course, awesome swag.

In partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin, all proceeds from Run with the Cops go to support athletes in Wisconsin. In 2016 more than 1,600 runners raised over $75,000. On average it costs $552 to support a Special Olympics Wisconsin athlete for a year so last year’s runs supported approximately 135 of Special Olympics Wisconsin’s more than 10,000 athletes for the year. Let’s help support even more athletes in 2017 through Run with the Cops. Register here.

A runner shows off her glow gear

A runner lights the way with glow goodies

Another great running opportunity on the horizon, both for runners and Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes, is the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon on May 21. Special Olympics Wisconsin is honored to have its Unified Sports Program selected as one of the non-profit partners for the Marathon for the next three years. The popular marathon starts and finishes at historic Lambeau Field. Over the course of the weekend, activities also includes a 5K, Kids’ Power Run, Half Marathon, and relays in both the Half Marathon and Marathon.

In 2016, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon netted $160,000 for its three charity partners, according to a Cellcom Green Bay Marathon press release announcing this new partnership with Special Olympics Wisconsin.

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“Special Olympics Wisconsin is honored to have been selected as the charity partner for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. Sports are a powerful tool for building connections and increasing inclusion and Unified Sports brings youth and community members together in a unique and powerful way,” Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Regional Director of Development Matt Harper said in the press release.

Runners can raise money for Special Olympics through the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon’s Run for A Reason program. Runners who raise $300 or more for Special Olympics Wisconsin will receive free entry into their running event. All money raised through Run for A Reason on behalf of Special Olympics Wisconsin will go directly to support the more than 10,000 athletes across the state.


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