The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)will host its annual National 5K Badge Run on Saturday, October 1, 2022. All proceeds from this signature fundraising event support the mission and programs of the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s annual run for the badge is a signature community event that demonstrates support for law enforcement, generates enthusiasm for the organization’s museum and special programs, and raises critical funds in support of the mission to honor the dead, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is looking to raise $100,000 for this year’s event.
Traditionally held as an in-person event in Washington D.C. to kick off Police Weekend, the 2022 Badge Race officially begins at 9 a.m. EST on October 1, but will be 100% virtual, bringing together communities across the country for this important and popular event in support of law enforcement.
Participants can fundraise, team up with friends and family across the country, and walk, run, or bike in their own communities. Participation, however, is not limited to just this day; those wishing to start early can choose to run at their location any day until October 1st.
“We are thrilled to once again host this year’s 5K Badge Race as a fully remote event,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “By making this event remote, we hope to see runners across the country create remote teams and help us show their support for law enforcement officers in every community, across the United States.”
Registration for the National 5K Badge Race is now open. Participants are encouraged to register and create a team made up of family members, friends, colleagues or running mates. There are a variety of options for signing up, including creating a team and becoming the team captain, where individuals can recruit their colleagues, family, and friends. Individuals can also choose to join an already formed team and this can be done by searching for the team name or contacting the team captain or simply registering as an individual and joining or starting a team at a later date.
All participants will receive a t-shirt, badge and bib, and are eligible to win valuable fundraising incentive prizes in a multitude of categories. The different levels of fundraising goals and prizes to be won are available on the Run for the Badge website. In addition to these items, participants receive training resources to ensure safe training and success in achieving their goals, including a 5K training guide and a special NLEOMF playlist to stay motivated. More training information and guidance can be found on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and National Law Enforcement Museum Facebook page. .
Incentives will be offered to teams and individuals who achieve fundraising milestones. Serious 5K runners can track their time competing with other participants across the country. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest runners.
Participants taking part in this year’s run are also invited to participate via social media, using the hashtag #RunForTheBadge. Leading up to Run for the Badge, people who post photos and messages about their participation and their fundraising link on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will be entered to win a special prize box from Reebok Tactical. The more individuals post with their fundraising link, the more likely they are to win.