kiwanis miracle league
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Easter Seals of Iowa
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In 2015, Chief Dana Wingert was in a conversation with a local businessman about positive police involvement with the community. The businessman gave the Des Moines Police Department $25,000 with two requests. First, the money be used to bring the Des Moines Police Department and the community together. Secondly, that he remain anonymous.
After much thought, Chief Wingert developed an idea of a fun run with the profits going to a charity. Work began on the first DMPD Run with the Police. Early on, the DMPD identified Special Olympics of Iowa as the charity that would receive the run’s proceeds. The date of the run was set for the last Saturday of Police Week which is in May.
The run itself is a 5k race that starts and ends at the DMPD headquarters in downtown Des Moines. The run goes by many of the Police Week displays that are set up that Saturday for the public to enjoy. After the run, there are rock walls, face painters, a zoo presentation, & many more activities for everyone to enjoy.
In 2015, 600 runners signed up. Every year this number has risen, with 2017 having 800 participants sign up. Along with the increase in the yearly participants, donations have also increased. Since 2015, the DMPD Run with the Police has raised nearly $80,000 for Special Olympics.