Third ‘Glow in the Deke’ held at UW-La Crosse

Event raises money for area Boys and Girls Club

There was a glow coming from UW-La Crosse’s stadium Saturday night.

About 2,400 runners laced up their shoes and participated in the annual “Glow in the Deke” run at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium at UWL. This is the third year for the event and one organizer says the participation has tripled since the first run.

All the money raised Saturday night goes towards the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse.

The run is in honor of Deke Kroll who died from cancer five years ago. He was Director of Operations at the Boys and Girls Club for years.

His wife says this event is a good way for everyone who has been touched by cancer to show support for one another.

“It’s so inspiring, to see all these people come out to support whoever they are supporting and we all know that they are here because of cancer,” said Debra Kroll, Deke’s Wife.

One of the partners of the event is the Hope Lives Foundation. As the event grows every year, the two organizations are able to help more kids in the area.

“It’s an amazing evening, it’s going to be really nice because we will probably break over 300,000 as the foundation within the last four years and so we are really excited for that,” said Hope Lives Foundation Co-Founder Garrett Jerue.

Organizers hope they raised more than $50,000 at Saturday night’s race.