Press Release

WE ARE BACK!!!! The fundraiser for the Barron County Shop With A Cop program is back after a year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 6th annual Barron County Cops & Robbers Donut Dash is going to start at 8:30 am on July 17th at the Barron County Fairgrounds. It will also be the 5th year we will be honoring Law Enforcement Officers that died in the line of duty.

Unfortunately, the run/walk previously scheduled for last July, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this point we feel that Barron County is strong enough to start the fundraiser up again. We will be asking everyone to take the safety precautions they feel are necessary to take to have a comfortable and safe run.

This year we will be honoring the fallen officers the same way we did at our last run, all registered participants can run/walk in honor of a fallen officer by affixing a sticker to them self that contains the name and photo of a fallen officer. All of the fallen officer’s in the US for the last year will be represented. Please join us in honoring these brave heroes.

The run/walk will start just inside the entrance to the fairgrounds. The Cops & Robbers Donut Dash 5K is put on by the Sheriff's office, it is a fundraiser for the Shop With A Cop program. All the proceeds from the event go to the Barron County Law Enforcement Foundation and are used directly to fund the Shop With A Cop program. Even with the pandemic, the 2020 holiday season saw 70 kids provided with gift cards to shop for their families. In years past, they were able to shop with deputies and officers from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, State Patrol, Wisconsin DNR and the Barron, Chetek, Cumberland, Four Corners, Rice Lake, and Turtle Lake Police Departments we hope to continue that during the holiday season 2021. This event is always a special day for everyone involved and we are looking forward to shopping and having dinner with the children this year.

Details about the run!

The run takes place at the Barron County Fairgrounds at 8:30am on July 17th. Every paid registration receives FREE Saturday admission to the fair, a race bib, and a guaranteed t-shirt if registered before June 18th. After June 18th, the extra t-shirts are 1st come 1st served for registrants.  Also…there will be donuts. LOTS of donuts.

Not a runner?

That’s ok!!! Participates are welcome to walk the route. This event is for fun and a good cause. The past few years we even had some participants dress in costumes! “Prison” themed seems to be popular.  Don’t forget to bring your strollers – the little ones will have fun too and kids under 7 are free.  Due to the potential for hot weather, bringing dogs is not encouraged.

You can register the morning of the run/walk at the fairgrounds if you are interested participating from 7am-8am just inside the entry If you are interested in keeping up with what is going on with the race, go to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page or look for the Cops & Robbers Donut Dash 5K event on Facebook. Email barrondonutdash@gmail.com with any questions.

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