Our Mission

Net proceeds from the Run for the Badge support the mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve.

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13 to dedicate the newly-engraved names of the fallen and honor all fallen law enforcement officers. In addition, the Memorial Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research to identify emerging trends and findings of officer fatalities, and serves as an information clearinghouse to improve officer safety.

The Memorial Fund is also working on a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. The Museum will take a high-tech approach to telling the story of American law enforcement through interactive exhibits, collections, research and education.

For more information, please visit www.LawMemorial.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Run for the Badge?
Click the 'Register' button at the top of the page, and select whether you want to join as an individual or part of a team. Then select whether you want to register as a runner/walker, or virtual participant.

When does the Run for the Badge start?
At 9:00 am on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Is there a fundraising requirement to participate?
There is no fundraising requirement for this event, but everyone is encouraged to fundraise for this important cause.

Are there any accommodations available?
We will post accommodation information as soon as it is available. We have historically secured room blocks in hotels near the event.

Is there an minimum age requirement to participate?
Registered Runners must be 12 years old by the date of the event. Walkers of any age may participate, but those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Can I register to volunteer?
Yes, we'd love your help. Click here for more information about volunteering for the event.

How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate, and search by their first or last name. Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.

How do I make a donation?
Click on Donate, and search by a participant’s first or last name.

If I can’t participate in the event, what happens to the donations I have raised?
All donations submitted to the Run for the Badge are non-transferable and non-refundable. Written requests for transfer of registration fees to another event must be received by September 1, 2018. No transfers will be allowed after the close of the transfer period, and there are no refunds, deferrals or transfer of registration fee to other individuals. We hope donors will appreciate supporting the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund regardless of someone’s participation in the actual event.

How do I form or join a team?
If you have not already registered for the event, go to the online registration form and select “Start a Team” if you would like to be the team captain, or “Join a Team” if you know the name of a team you would like to join. If you have already registered for the event as an individual and would like to form or join a team, please contact us at info@RunfortheBadge.org.

Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
No. Your registration fee does not apply towards your fundraising, nor is it tax-deductible.

What kind of support is provided on the event?
The event includes one water stop around the midway point of the 5K course. In addition, a medical crew is on hand to make sure your experience is a safe one.

Can I make a donation to a team?
No. Every participant fundraises individually to participant and earn incentives so you must select an individual team member to donate to. However, any donations to those individuals will be displayed on the team's page.

What is a sustaining gift?
If you are making a donation online, you can choose to make the same donation amount once a month.

What happens to the money I raise?
The dollars raised by our participants support the essential work of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to honor those we’ve lost and support those who protect and serve Americans every day. For more information on the Memorial Fund's work, please visit www.LawMemorial.org.

Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.

Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.

How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant’s Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as “From the whole Connor family” or “In memory of Aunt Cathy.” Please note: We cannot process dedications for donations made by U.S. mail.