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October 2nd, 2010

The Board of Directors for Madison Area Crime Stoppers, working in partnership with Brittany Zimmermann's family, are hosting an inaugural event this October that all are hoping will be embraced by UW-Madison students and the greater Madison community.

The Brittany Zimmermann Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 2nd, 2010. The event start at 9:00 a.m. on the UW Library Mall, located in the 800 block of Langdon Street. The course follows the beautiful lake shore path along Lake Mendota.

The race fee is $20 with half of the proceeds from the first year going to the Zimmermann family's private reward fund, and the other half going to the Madison Area Crime Stoppers reward fund. Funds raised in additional years will go entirely to Crime Stoppers, but the event will always be the Brittany Zimmermann Memorial 5K Run/Walk. People can register by visiting

Brittany's parents, Kevin and Jean, will join runners and walkers and are very proud to have the event named for their daughter. It is very important to them that Brittany, and what happened to her, will be remembered in the community that she loved. Kevin and Jean are also committed to making Madison a more peaceful place.

Brittany was UW-Madison student when she was murdered inside her downtown apartment in April of 2008. Madison Police detectives continue to work on the homicide. They have leads, but feel there are people who have information who have yet to come forward.

Investigators think a more significant reward fund could make a difference.

Kevin and Jean Zimmermann recently sat down to talk about the upcoming event. The interview can be seen by clicking on the "watch on YouTube" icon located on the bottom right portion of the Madison Police Department website:

Race fees include a free t-shirt, post race refreshments, and there will be cash prizes for the top 3 overall male and female finishers.

All involved will also have the opportunity to help take a bite out of crime, and possibly bring justice for Brittany and her family.


  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897