Back the Blue 5K – Marion, Illinois


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The Williamson County F.O.P. Lodge 197 is a non-profit organization geared towards the raising of money to benefit several charity services that we offer each year. Our programs include:

  • Cops and Kids: A program that enables hundreds of children to have a Christmas that they would not otherwise have. This program supports positive Police and Community interaction. In the last six years, we have been able to help hundreds of children and have spent in excess of $60,000.


  • Scholarships: The Lodge supports several scholastic programs that are offered to local students and also contributes sponsoring funds to various youth sports summer programs.



  • Death Benefit Account: While this is a cause we hope we don’t have to draw from, the death benefit account helps the families of officers who have passed away while on duty.

We are very excited to be teaming up with Back the Blue 5K to be able to bring an amazing event to Illinois. Back the Blue 5K is a run/walk where community members can run or walk along with their law enforcement. Following the race there will be community building activities.

All Fraternal members are Law Enforcement officers who work and live within Williamson County.


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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: There are three programs the money is going to help: Cops and Kids, Scholarships, and the Death Benefit Account.

Q: How much of the fundraising goes to Williamson County F.O.P. Lodge 197 and their programs?
A: 100% of this campaign goes to Williamson County. In addition, they will receive 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 Marion, IL?
A: April 14, 2018 at Ray Fosse Park. 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