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"How could one person make such an impact on others in 61 short years? Randy's stories will live forever."


Important Information About The Pretzel Polka Run/Walk Zero K

Tomorrow Is The Big Day!

Thank you so much for supporting the Randy Schopen Foundation by participating in the Pretzel Polka Run/Walk/Zero K. Over the last four years the Randy Schopen Foundation has awarded $88,387 in grants to local organizations. Thanks to your support we will be able to continue Randy's legacy of helping those in need and giving someone a chance.

Event Location

The run, walk, and zero k will start and finish at the Puerner St. Gate on the east side of the Jefferson County Fair Park. Plenty of parking will be available on the north side of the fair park.

Admission to Gemuetlichkeit Days is free until 1:00 pm.

Event Check In

Check in will begin tomorrow morning at 7:30 am and run until 8:30 am. Please, check in when you arrive to receive your number, t-shirt, and swag bag which includes one free beer at Gemuetlichkeit Days

Schedule Of Events

The Zero K will kick off promptly at 9:00 am and will be immediately followed by the run and walk. All participants should be ready to go at 9:00 am. An awards ceremony will be held after the run.


It looks like the rain will clear up in time for tomorrow's events. However, the events will be held rain or shine.

Bring A Friend

Walk up registration will be open from 7:30 am to 8:30 am for anyone who hasn't already registered. Be sure to bring a friend!

Stay For Gemuetlichkeit Days!

The Randy Schopen Foundation is extremely thankful that Gemuetlichkeit Days allowed us to be a part of their festivities. After the run, walk, or zero k stay for an entire day's worth of events, music, and food at Gemuetlichkeit Days. They truly have something for everyone. For a full lineup of activities visit

Thank You Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


In Kind Sponsors

County City Credit Union, Fidelity Land Title LTD, AM 940 WFAW, Daily Jefferson County Union, Kwik Trip, Schiferl Engravings, Physique - Nicole Miller


Remember When Randy Schopen Was Duct Taped To A Wall For Tomorrow's Hope?

For those of you who missed it, a few years ago Randy Schopen got duct taped to a wall to raise money for Tomorrow's Hope. Randy was a founding member of Tomorrow's Hope and a huge supporter of the organization. For the fourth year in a row The Randy Schopen Foundation has awarded Tomorrow's Hope a $10,000 grant.

The mission of Tomorrow's Hope is to foster health-related research, education and support activities that have a direct impact on individuals in our local health care service area touched by Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses.

Hope Fest will be held July 17th and 18th. Don't miss it! The two day event is a celebration of life, family, and friends. Hope Fest has a variety of activities and events that are both powerful and fun. There is truly something for everyone. For more information visit


Thank You To Chickens Unlimited For A $500 Donation

The Randy Schopen Foundation would like to give a special thank you to Chickens Unlimited of Watertown for their generous $500 donation to The Randy Schopen Foundation. Their donation will go towards The Randy Schopen Foundation Grant Program. The program awards grants to local organizations in Jefferson, Jefferson County, and beyond who continue Randy Schopen's spirit of "Giving Someone A Chance."


Jefferson County Dairy Breakfast Grant

The Randy Schopen Foundation supports the 2015 Jefferson County dairy breakfast to be held Saturday, May 30th, at the Jefferson Co. Fair Activity Center.  In 2003, Randy organized a group of volunteers to keep the breakfast going, and that same crew is still cooking and serving.
All proceeds go to fund scholarships and grants to promote education in agriculture.  Representing the Foundation are Tom and Karen Chwala presenting a check to Roger Kylmanen, Dairy Breakfast President.


$1,000 Grant Awarded To Jefferson Council For The Performing Arts

The Randy Schopen Foundation awarded a $1000 grant to The Jefferson Council For The Performing Arts. The grant helped to bring in an educational program about science and technology. Grade school students in Jefferson and surrounding communities attended the program.

 Students On Stage With Janet's Planet