West Bend police arrested a 33-year-old woman Sunday, after she allegedly drove drunk onto a state trail being used for the Adrenaline Eisenbahn Marathon, a race staged to raise money for the Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Washington County.
“Of all things to happen,” said race director Richard Dodd, a recovering alcoholic who has been sober six years. “It shows you why we’re doing what we do. I’m in no position to judge anyone, but it’s not normal behavior and it can’t be tolerated.”
According to police, the woman drove onto the Eisenbahn State Trail from adjacent private property, just south of Baron Ave., about the 25-mile mark of the marathon course. Police responded to calls about the woman about 11 a.m., routed the runners around the car and arrested the driver on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense.
None of the roughly 400 participants in the Eisenbahn Run were injured.
The race was started five years ago by the Washington County AODA Council, which recently merged with Nova Services to create the Elevate Community Resource Center. Dodd, a veteran runner and coach, was hired to take over as race director in 2013, and embraced the duties as an extension of his own recovery from alcoholism.
“I’ve been given a second chance,” he said,in an earlier interview. “I spent a year thinking I wasn’t going to see my 50th birthday, and didn’t want to either.
“In the last four or five years, I’ve left my life to a power greater than me, and it’s been working out,” he said. “I have a 40-year passion for long-distance running and racing, and a four-year passion for AODA issues.”