Protect & Defend 5K Honors Fallen Scranton Police Officer

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It's almost time to put it to the pavement for the fourth annual "Protect & Defend 5K."

The 5K run/walk in the Electric City honors fallen Scranton police officer John Wilding. The patrolman lost his life on the job in 2015.

The money raised at the event benefits the Patrolman John J. Wilding Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Lackawanna College Police Academy. Wilding was an academy graduate who had also briefly served the Lackawanna College Public Safety Department.


Pre-Race Happy Hour

  • Friday, July 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Location: Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden Street, Scranton
  • Admission is $20 and includes a limited open bar and food, as well as access to our basket raffles. Those who register for the 5K at or prior to the Happy Hour will receive a $5 discount to the pre-race event.

Protect & Defend 5K

  • Sunday: July 22
  • Registration: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Race Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Courthouse Square, Downtown Scranton
  • Fee: $25 before the race or $30 on the day of the race.


  • To sign up for the race, head here!
  • If you can't attend the race, but want to donate to the scholarship fund, click here!
  • For more about the event and map of the course, head here!
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