Race It: Ethan’s Run Against Addiction

We love running, especially when it’s for a good cause. On June 9, join your fellow runners and community members for a race in honor of Ethan Monson-Dupuis – a local man who lost his life to opioid addiction and overdose in 2016. He was just 25 years old at the time of his death.

Ethan’s Run Against Addiction will be held in honor of Ethan’s memory and to help raise awareness for opioid abuse and addiction. Below, race director Richard Dodd tells us more about the upcoming event.

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Can you start off by telling us a bit about Ethan’s Run? How did you get the idea for the race?

I coached Ethan when he was a freshman at Whitnall High School. He ran both cross country and track for four years. Don Schwartz is a co-organizer and his son, Matt, was Ethan’s teammate. Establishing a 5K Run/Walk in Ethan’s memory was a natural fit.

The idea came to me on the first anniversary of Ethan’s passing – December 27, 2017. I called Don Schwartz about it, and he said “Let’s get together after the first of the year (2018).” Coincidentally, I ran into Jeff Monson-Dupuis (Ethan’s dad) a week later and told him about the idea. He said his wife Robin had a dream about something similar.

By the end of January, Don and I had met with the Greenfield Mayor, Fire & Police Chiefs, Park & Rec and the Monson-Dupuis family. Ethan’s Run Against Addiction was launched!

What makes this race unique?

One unique feature is that Ethan’s Run entry fees will go entirely to the Ethan Monson-Dupuis Opiate Recovery Fund through Aurora Healthcare. This fund was established to help others who are experiencing what Ethan and his family went through. All dollars raised will stay in the greater Milwaukee area.

Another unique feature is we are basically getting the keys to the city thanks to all the Greenfield officials involved with the race. We want a highly visible race to help stop the stigma. So our race will start in the middle of Layton Avenue before proceeding west to 68th Street then east on Edgerton Avenue before going back to Konkel Park for the finish. Participants will run down the middle of these major arterial roads!

Why did you pick the race location?

Konkel Park was a natural choice for the locale of Ethan’s Run, as it is across from the Greenfield Police Station. We will have a DJ playing music from the park band shell and WTMJ 620’s Gene Mueller will serve as emcee. There is ample parking and a huge picnic & play area for the families that attend.

Thanks to Richard for telling us about Ethan’s Run! To learn more about the race, or to register for the run, visit the race website.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!