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University Police want you to Run From the Cops, for charity

September 16, 2013

It’s your chance to run from the cops and not get arrested.

The first UW-Stout Run From the Cops 5K race, sponsored by the University Police, will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11 p.m. It will begin at the Memorial Student Center, at the amphitheater on the east side, and end at the outdoor track near Johnson Fieldhouse.

Run From the Cops race T-shirt and logo.Participants are encouraged to wear their best burglar costumes and reflective clothing. Police will be in "pursuit" of the runners all the way to the finish line, where snacks, beverages and the famous police treat, donuts, will be served.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Wisconsin Special Olympics. Nonparticipants also can donate by sponsoring a "suspect." As of Monday, Sept. 16, more than $3,300 had been pledged.

"Everyone will be a 'suspect,' " said Lisa Walter, University Police chief. "We wanted to partner with students at the start of the semester in a positive way and help Special Olympics."

Walter has been involved for years with the annual state Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. She and other officials with the Torch Run are helping organize Run From the Cops, which they hope will become an annual event and help build rapport between students and police.

The race will follow an 8 p.m. rock concert at the student center by Throw the Fight.

In case of inclement weather, the race will be held indoors on the track in the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Fitness Center.

For more information or to register, click here. Runners also can register the night of the event, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

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