UPDATE: Michigan State Police cancels 5K, will still hold 24-hour run to benefit Special Olympics

Two runs will take place the weekend of May 15 and 16 to honor fallen MSP Troopers and the Special Olympics.
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 12:55 PM EDT
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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE May 3: A special 5K run held to benefit the Special Olympics will no longer be taking place this month.

According to the Michigan State Police, the 5K portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, scheduled for May 16, has now been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Troopers will still be taking donations for Special Olympics and participating in the 24-hour run on May 15 from the Gladstone Post to Marquette.

The MSP website is being updated to reflect the change.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Michigan State Police are preparing for two running events.

Trooper Shane Hauff has been training for months to run over 55 miles.

With fellow Trooper Josh Stinson, the pair will participate in a 24-hour run/walk from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post to Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette to honor fallen MSP Troopers.

At each mile marker on US-41, there will be a flag placed with a fallen trooper’s name.

And at the end of the 24-hour run/walk, on May 16, the Michigan State Police is hosting a community-wide 5K race.

“Going into the 5K event is a partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run organization that benefits the Special Olympics for the State of Michigan. So, anything that we raise for this race goes directly to the Special Olympics athletes,” Trooper Hauff said.

Trooper Hauff said it’s more important than ever to support the Special Olympics.

“Times have been a little bit tough for a lot of people and a lot of events have been canceled so we’re trying to get them as much donations as we can. It’s a pretty pricy event as they travel and do different things so we want to give them as much as we can,” he said.

A raffle is planned for the end of the 5K race, with donations from local businesses.

If you’re looking to donate or help the cause, Trooper Hauff says there’s multiple ways someone can help.

“It could be a raffle item, it could be a monetary donation, registering to the event, or just showing up to support.”

The 5K race begins Sunday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Marquette Welcome Center on US-41.

To register or donate to the 5K, click here.

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