UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Honorary Alumnus Award
2017 Recipients

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented to non-alumni who have demonstrated great love of and service to UW-Eau Claire

Pat Toutant
Pat Toutant
 

Pat Toutant, Marathon runners know something about persistence, internal motivation and the satisfaction that comes from completing something extraordinary. Eau Claire native and marathon runner Pat Toutant wanted to share that feeling with others — many thousands of others, to be exact. Toutant has served as the Eau Claire Marathon race director for five years. The event, which this year attracted 4,000 participants to its various races, has become a standout in the region — with the marathon race being a Boston qualifier drawing runners from across the Midwest. As race director, Toutant has partnered with UW-Eau Claire to bring the race route through campus — creating the now widely known Blugold Mile. The partnership has forged an enthusiastic connection between students and the community and, through the creation of a running class for students and community members that prepares them for the full or half marathon, has introduced many athletes to the world of distance running. A Minneapolis Running article cited the Blugold Mile as one of “three reasons to run the Eau Claire Marathon,” noting, “we’ve been told that you can hear the Blugold Mile from a block away, and the crowds rival those of Boylston St. in the famed Boston Marathon.” Toutant has provided the leadership behind partnerships citywide that have brought the community together in support of the Eau Claire Marathon, which in turn supports numerous local nonprofits. “The Eastside Hill, the Third Ward, the Downtown Association, the Blugold Mile, Water Street, all the police, the city — 850 volunteers help us out,” Toutant said in a recent interview with WEAU 13 News in Eau Claire. “Without all of that, this wouldn’t work. So this community has really come together to put it on and they’re proud of it.”

 

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