A small but enthusiastic group of runners turned out for the inaugural Law Enforcement Fun Run on Friday, Aug. 16, in Carlton. The 29 participants included firefighters, law enforcement and their families.

“We had Carlton County deputies, Cloquet PD as well as Carlton Fire Department helping with traffic control,” Dawn Zeleznikar said. “Employees from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Carlton County Attorney’s Office, Fond du Lac PD as well as family members of Cloquet PD officers were all in the mix of runners.

"We had several volunteers, which consisted of Cloquet football coaches and players, and a number of friends of the Eagles members helping with set up, water stations, course direction and cleanup of the event.," Zeleznikar said.

Nicole Pirkola finishes second with a time of 28:59 at the Law Enforcement Fun Run on Friday Aug. 16. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Nicole Pirkola finishes second with a time of 28:59 at the Law Enforcement Fun Run on Friday Aug. 16. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

The Cloquet Eagles Club sponsored the event. The 110-year-old club, which has 120 members, meets at the Hebert Kennedy VFW Club in Cloquet. The organization is active in the area and supports charities such as the REACH Mentoring Program.

Proceeds from the run will go to the purchase of protective equipment for the Carlton County Sheriff's Office and the Moose Lake, Fond du Lac and Cloquet police departments.

Brian Stolberg comes in first with a time of 26:18 during the Law Enforcement Fun Run on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Four Seasons Sport Complex in Carlton. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Brian Stolberg comes in first with a time of 26:18 during the Law Enforcement Fun Run on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Four Seasons Sport Complex in Carlton. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal