The Memorial 5k

The Annual Corporal Christopher M. Shea Memorial 5k was started by Chris' youngest brother, Timothy, with the help of Guy and Laurie Gordon and the Bears Running Club in the summer of 2005, the year after Chris' untimely death.

Tim really wanted to organize some type of charity event that would not only keep Chris' memory alive, but give back to the local community in a way that would make Chris proud. When Guy Gordon suggested a charity running event, Tim thought this was the perfect idea. Chris was a Cross Country runner in high school and for a short stint at Wagner College, ran his heart out in Marine Corp training and the Police Academy, and continued to keep himself in the best shape he could by running locally, and in charity events such as when he carried the torch each year to kickoff the Special Olympics in Lewes DE.

Each year, the Annual Corporal Chistopher M. Shea Memorial 5k attracted runners from across the tri-state area to compete. Awards were given to the top 3 male and female finishers overall and in 7 different age groups: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. The race was historically held in rustic Swartswood State Park in Swartswood, NJ, until 2018 when the NJ State Park commission decided that they would no longer host 5k's in Swartswood. We are grateful to have been able to hold our race there for 15 years.


The Battle of the Badges

The "Battle of the Badges" is a unique race challenge that allows dedicated servicemen and women to demonstrate their commitment to their jobs and their community. The Battle of the Badges challenges the various civil service agencies to rally as many of their strongest, fastest, most committed and, most importantly, most competitive members to help remember a brother, serve a community and show everyone just how great they really are.

Agencies register as a team and compete against other teams during the race. Each teams results are scored using standard scoring methods for running events (top 5 times from each team) and the agency who achieves the best overall performance at the race will have their name engraved on the coveted Battle of the Badges plaque to be displayed at its headquarters until the following year when the Battle continues.


The Scholarship Fund

The Cpl. Christopher M. Shea Memorial Scholarship is an award given to deserving students that have chosen to pursue a career in law enforcement, criminal justice, or another civil service field, one that aims to protect and serve the community.

The money for the scholarship fund is raised by our family (with the help of the local Bears Running Club) by organizing the annual 5k race.

In recent years, we joined the SCCC Scholarship Foundation to branch away from awarding the scholarship solely to highschool graduates, and to award scholarships to those students that are already enrolled in a program that fits the scholarship criteria.