Alumni Outlook Magazine

She's In It For the Long Run



"To have had this international opportunity was phenomenal."
UW-Stout Police Chief Lisa Walter went for a long run -- all the way across China.
Walter represented Wisconsin and the United States on the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run during the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Officers and athletes from around the world carried the “Flame of Hope” from Beijing to Shanghai for the opening ceremonies Oct. 2.

Law enforcement officers are selected for this honor based on their significant involvement in Special Olympics.

Walter has worked for the UW-Stout police department for 14 years, and during that time has volunteered regularly at local competitions and fundraisers for Special Olympics. Walter has participated in Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for the past 11 years. She also has helped provide leadership for UW-Stout’s involvement in the nonprofit organization.

“To have had this international opportunity was phenomenal,” Walter said.


UW-Stout Police Chief Lisa Walter blogged during her Special Olympics Torch Run in China. Read about her experiences and view her photos at