3rd annual Mini Donut Half Marathon brings awareness to suicide

Runners gathered in Onalaska Saturday morning for the third annual Mini Donut Half Marathon.

The event honors those who have, or know someone who has struggled with thoughts of suicide.

The race was started in memory of Mike Olson, who died by suicide.

Olson was known as the mini donut guy at all the local fairs, which is how the event got its name.

Sarah Meza, race director for the run say events like these are important to bring the topic of suicide to light.

“It’s a very important topic. People who are stuggling with depression or mental illnesses they are still a taboo in society. People aren’t able to talk about freely or they feel ashamed about it. So that’s why it’s so important that we have events like this so that people out there who are struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide know there’s hope,” Meza said.

Around 700 people participated in the run today. Money raised from the event to go the mini donut foundation.