WAPOA’s annual Run for the Walleye event was held in July 2021 as a hybrid race – both virtual and in-person. Due to COVID concerns the event was promoted as a virtual race with participants able to run/walk either on a 5K course in Crosslake, or participate any place and time of their choice between July 3 and 11. There were 96 participants signed up for the race this year and 25 people ran in an optional mass start from the Crosslake Community Center on July 3.

Normally the race proceeds are allocated for protecting and improving walleye/fish habitat. As was done in 2020, the WAPOA Board voted once again to donate the 2021 proceeds to area food shelves.

On September 10 Dave Fischer, race Director; and Tony Coffey, WAPOA President presented $1,100 to Jodi Perry, the Pine River Food Bank coordinator. On September 17 Tony Coffey presented a check for $1,100 to Lori Dulluhm, Treasurer of the Emily Food Bank, pictured with her colleagues Kathy Trenn, Rob Hely and Jonele Porter.

WAPOA thanks everyone who participated this year, and look forward to getting the race “back on track” in 2022, and hosting the normal 500 plus runners and Sunfish Dash participants. The 2022 race will be held on July 2.

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