EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Community members joined law enforcement officers for a run Thursday night to raise money for area athletes.
The Run with the Cops 5K for Special Olympics took place at UW-Eau Claire. Before the race, kids could try an obstacle course and look at police vehicles. If you forgot your tennis shoes, or were just looking for a tasty snack, a donut eating contest also took place.
Organizers said it's a great way for people of all ages to meet with those patrolling the streets.
“It’s a great way for adults and kids to interact with law enforcement and see them as human beings,” said Karen Kraus with Special Olympics Wisconsin. “There is just something seeing officers on obstacle courses and it's just a great way to support Special Olympics.”
Last year, more than 1,600 people participated in the event across the state of Wisconsin while raising more than $75,000 with 100 percent of the funds going directly to benefit Special Olympics athletes. Organizers say the goal for the event in Eau Claire was $10,000.