163 Local Youth Raise $8,641 For Special Olympics Wisconsin

For more information, contact:
Cheryl Van Tessier, Finesse Public Relations LLC
(608) 467-4408,

Amy Crowe, Summit Credit Union
(608) 243-5000X2834,


9th annual Du Run Run fosters fitness, camaraderie for special cause


MADISON, Wis. — More than 150 area kids, ages 2 through10, geared up and broke a sweat by competing in the Summit Credit Union Du Run Run on Sun., Aug. 15 to raise $8,641 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Kids ran, biked and then ran again in support of the more than 1,600 athletes with cognitive disabilities in the Madison area.  Medals were presented to the first, second and third place finishers in each age group. 

“The Du Run Run began in Fitchburg nine years ago and has since then become one of our flagship fundraising events, providing support to and enhancing opportunities for the Special Olympic athletes in the Madison area,” said John Weichelt, Regional Director of Development for Special Olympics Wisconsin.  “Thanks to our partnership with and the support we receive from Summit Credit Union, we are able to help many adults and children with cognitive disabilities realize their true potential and reach their dreams.”

For more information, please visit:, or call John Weichelt at
(608) 221-2900.

History of DuRunRun:

The statewide fundraiser was created by IronMan competitor and Fitchburg resident, Brendan Connelly, along with his wife Nancy, as a way to promote fun and general physical fitness among local youth.  The duathlon began in 2001 at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg with 126 participants.  Sponsored by American Family Insurance, the
Du Run Run is held in Fitchburg and La Crosse, Wis., and has raised more than $80,000 for Special Olympics.

About Special Olympics Wisconsin:

Special Olympics Wisconsin holds more than 75 competitions and five state tournaments per year, providing year-round training and competition opportunities through 18 different Olympic-type sports for nearly 10,000 individuals with cognitive disabilities. For more information, visit or call
(800) 552-1324.

About Summit Credit Union:

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone in Wisconsin.  Summit holds $1.4 billion in assets and has more than 108,000 members with a total of 20 locations throughout the Madison and Milwaukee areas.   For more information, visit or call (608) 243-5000 or (800) 236-5560.

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