Wattier Benefit Run This Weekend

EUGENE, Ore — Last-minute preparations are under way for a race this weekend to benefit Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Wattier and his wife Michelle.

The Wattiers were injured in a hit-and-run while in Mexico.

Friends, including those from the LCSO, say runners will want to grab their running shoes and come out Sunday because there might be a big surprise.

“We are crossing our fingers that they might be able to show up for this. They might not be able to stay very long, but we are super excited and encouraged that they possibly will make an appearance, ” said LCSO Deputy Steve Sieczkowski.

Organizers met Tuesday at Sidebar to iron out the last-minute details. A couple hundred people have already registered for the run or walk at Alton Baker Park. Registration packets can be picked up at the Sidebar on Saturday from 1-6:30 p.m.

Friends say it’s amazing to see how the community is coming together for the Wattiers who are now both back in Eugene at a rehab center.

“November 30 was a bad day for all of us, and nobody would have imagined that anyone could have gotten as far as they have gotten in this short amount of time, and there is a lot of people looking out for them,” Sieczkowski said.

Registration is still open for the 5K or 10K. The race will start at 10 a.m. Sunday.

For a link to the race, click here.

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