Le Sueur County Deputy Run’s Half-Marathon in Uniform for Charity

Pictured receiving the donation is Sheriff Brett Mason (right) and Deputy Herbert Moon. Photo provided

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

LE CENTER, MINN. — Le Sueur County Sheriff Deputy Herbert Moon showed his love of community by doing something a little different, running a half marathon in full uniform and duty gear.

On May 5th, 2018, Le Sueur County Sheriff Deputy Herbert Moon participated in the New Prague Half Marathon. Deputy Moon participated in this event as part of a fundraiser initiated by the Sheriff’s Youth Project of Le Sueur County.

“This came about as a dare by Sheriff Brett Mason to run the half marathon in uniform,” said Deputy Moon “He said if I run and finish, the Sheriff’s Youth Project would donate $5,000 to the D.A.R.E. program.”

Deputy Moon competed and finished the event, racing in full uniform and duty gear, which added an extra 21 pounds. The only part of the uniform he didn’t wear were the shoes – he chose to save his feet and wear running shoes.

“It was a lot harder to run with all of the extra weight I had on,” said Deputy Moon “It was the worst (marathon) time I have ever had, but it was one of the most rewarding.”

Deputy Cook has some experience as a runner, having participated in cross country and track at what is now known as New Richland-H-E-G High School.

“I mostly ran long distances and some sprints in high school,” said Deputy Moon “I took up running again a few years ago competing in a few half marathons and 5k’s.”

Le Center Police Officer Dan Steffen (left) with Le Sueur County Sheriff Deputy Herbert Moon smiling before the half marathon in New Prague.

As part of the fundraiser, The Sheriff’s Youth Project provided a donation of $5,000.00 to the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Program on Deputy Moon’s behalf.

D.A.R.E. is a drug abuse resistance education program that empowers students to respect others and lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. 

“I took over as the D.A.R.E. officer last fall after the retirement of Dave Struckman, who ran the program for 26 years,” said Deputy Moon “I teach D.A.R.E. in five schools and this money will help buy supplies and rewards for the program.”

Deputy Moon went on to describe examples of where the money will be spent.

“Each week, all of the kids who have completed their homework put their names in a box and we draw to see who gets a water bottle,” he said “At the end of the year, we put all of the kids names in the box who completed their homework for the year, and we draw for a bigger prize, like a basketball.”

The money will also go to purchase t-shirts and a pizza party.

Deputy Moon had some company during the race, Le Center Police Officer Dan Steffen.

“Dan ran with me for support. He also wore his uniform and duty gear,” said Deputy Moon “We have run a few half’s together in the past, so it was nice to have him running also.”

So was the run worth it?

“Yes, it was well worth it because it benefits the kids.” Deputy Moon concluded.

Congratulations Deputy Moon and Officer Steffen and thank you for your support of the kids in the community. You are an example of why Southern Minnesota is the shining star of the Midwest.

If you would like to donate to the D.A.R.E. program please mail a check to Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office, DARE PROGRAM at 88 S Park Avenue, Le Center, MN 56057.

The Sheriff’s Youth Project of Le Sueur County is a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization that strives to provide opportunities for the youth in the community. Learn more at www.sheriffsyouthproject.org

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