Leader-Telegram passes the Buckshot baton to WIN

July 31, 2018 Blog, Events, Press

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Eau Claire, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE) – Special Olympics Wisconsin is thrilled to introduce Eau Claire-based technology company WIN as the new Exclusive Presenting Partner for the Chippewa Valley’s legendary Buckshot Run. In 2018, the race now known as the WIN Buckshot Run will be held on Tuesday, August 28 and Saturday, September 1 in Carson Park.

For more than 35 years, the community of Eau Claire has supported and participated in the Buckshot Run for Special Olympics. Formerly the Leader-Telegram Buckshot Run, Eau Claire’s oldest run is considered one of Wisconsin’s can’t-miss runs and annually draws thousands of people to downtown Eau Claire to participate in one, or several, of the runs offered. Tuesday offers a 2-mile run while Saturday offers a 5-mile run, a 2-mile run, and a kids’ dash that is free to children 10 and under.

WIN has served the Upper Midwest with cutting-edge technology solutions and services since 1997. As one of the region’s largest fiber network providers, WIN has more than 9,200 miles of fiber in the region.

“As a growing company, WIN welcomes the opportunity to support Special Olympics Wisconsin,” WIN CEO Scott Hoffmann said. “We specialize in networks so naturally we’re very committed to connecting members of our own community. Partnering with an Eau Claire institution like the Buckshot Run is a wonderful way to do that.”

Started in 1982 by Leader-Telegram sports writer Ron Buckli, affectionately known as “Buckshot,” the event celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017. Many of the runners from that first event continue to participate to this day, including Buckshot himself.

The Leader-Telegram served as the exclusive and title sponsor for the event, which became the well-known “Leader-Telegram Buckshot Run.” Through 35 years of partnership, the Leader-Telegram supported Special Olympics with broadcasting, advertising, printing and much more. The Leader-Telegram continues to be a major supporter and contributor to the Buckshot Run’s success and will be recognized as a Founding Partner.

“On behalf Special Olympics Wisconsin, we greatly appreciate the legacy and ongoing support of the Leader-Telegram. They have been instrumental in the success of this event for an incredible 35 years and it has genuinely become a staple of the community,” said Karina Tomei, Director of Special Events for Special Olympics Wisconsin in the Indianhead Region.

Karina Tomei
Director of Special Events for the Indianhead Region

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