Back the Blue 5K for Back the Blue Running


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Back the Blue Running is a charity and nonprofit that was founded in 2018 and is dedicated to building support for Law Enforcement members, families and other organizations.

Founder Timothy Shea started Back the Blue Running from his love of endurance running, but most importantly, because of his brother who was killed in a line of duty death on July 18, 2004.

The main goal of Back the Blue Running is to raise as much support and awareness of the daily difficulties that Law Enforcement members and their families face.  Money raised from this race will be used to 
foster programs and activities that promote health, wellness, and physical activities among our Law Enforcement families.  A portion of proceeds will also be donated to Blue H.E.L.P. to help fund their 
"Camp April" which is a grievance camp for children who lost a parent first responder to suicide.

We hope that you will join us for the inaugural Back the Blue 5K, 10K and one-mile fun run at the beautiful Schlegel Park. We welcome your support as a sponsor or contributor and could not do this without you. The events will be on December 21, 2019. Your support is greatly appreciated!


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Project FAQ

Q: Who is Back the Blue 5K?
A: Back The Blue 5K is a community building event hosted by current, and retired law enforcement, their families, and supporters. Our mission is to function as a host for civil engagement and to bring communities together in support of their local law enforcement agency or group.

Q: Who benefits from this campaign?
A: Back the Blue Running and Blue H.E.L.P. will get 100% of all money raised from this campaign.

Q: How much of the fundraising goes to Back the Blue Running?
A: 100% of this campaign goes to the beneficiary. In addition, they will receive a portion of every registration for the Back the Blue 5K before event expenses as well as event sponsorships.

Q: How do I register for the Back the Blue 5K?
A: You can register at

Q: When is Back the Blue 5K in Scranton, PA?
A: December 21, 2019 at Schlegel Park. The 10K starts at 9 am and the 5K and one-mile fun run starts at 10 am.

Q: Are sponsorships available?
A: Yes, cash sponsorships are available starting at $250. You can also donate items in-kind such as tables and chairs and other items.

Q: Who do I contact for a sponsorship?
A: You can send an email to

Q: If I have general race or fundraising questions, who can I contact?
A: Please email the event director at