ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Saturday was one of very few days people could run from the cops without getting arrested.
The Onalaska Police Department hosted the 4th annual Run from the Cops 5k/5 Mile Run/Walk.
More than 330 people participated.
Proceeds from registration fees, T-shirt sales and donations will be divided between two local organizations.
The first is the Coulee Region Children's Internet Protection Task Force. It's a group that works to combat the growing epidemic of online predators victimizing children, and educate area schools and organizations about Internet safety.
The other is the Santa's List Program. The program provides Christmas gifts and a meal to Onalaska families in need.
"If we can find other ways to help people other than just our job title, it's really rewarding, gives us another opportunity to meet our community, and again for our community to meet us. And I think that's fantastic," said Onalaska Police Officer Lisa Gerbig.
The police department doesn't have a final tally of Saturday's donations yet, but over the past three years, Run from the Cops has donated more than $14,000 to local organizations.
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