Back the Blue 5K in Orlando in Memory of Lt. Debra Clayton


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Orlando Police Department is a nationally recognized law enforcement agency that is focused on the safety of their residents, visitors and businesses. Their job is to protect the citizens of Orlando and they intend to accomplish that mission, even at the risk of their own lives.

This was the case for Lieutenant Debra Clayton. Debra, a 17-year-veteran of the force, was killed on January 9, 2017 by murder suspect Markeith Lloyd in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Lloyd was wanted in the murder of his girlfriend.

Debra left behind a husband and one son. She was a community activist and her message was that the police are there for you and here to help you. She was a great leader and led by example.

Her goal was to unite Orlando.

Back the Blue 5K is excited, yet humbled, to come to Orlando to help raise money for the family of Debra. Debra will never be forgotten and that’s what this race is for. To remember Debra and her life and to help her family financially. We hope you will be a part of the race by registering for the event, becoming a sponsor or donating to the cause.

Funds donated here will be processed given directly to Lieutenant Debra Clayton's family in the form of a check from 501c3 OfficerDown.US organization.


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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: The family of Lt. Debra Clatyon

Q: How much of the fundraising goes to the family?
A: 100% of this campaign goes to the family. In addition, the family receives a portion of every registration for the Back the Blue 5K before event expenses.

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

Q: When is Back the Blue 5K in memory of Lt. Clayton?
A: January 13, 2018 at Rosemont Community Center. The 5K is at 9 am. A one mile fun run will follow.

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 or

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


This campaign was created by Jenni at Back the Blue 5K