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Jayme Biendl 5K Memorial Run/Walk Registration Now Open

December 22, 2021

By DOC Communications Team

Communications Office

Printed funeral program with image of Jayme Biendl

A copy of Jayme Biendl’s funderal order of service sits inside a display case at the Department of Corrections’ Headquarters building in Tumwater. (Photo by Rachel Friederich)

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Monroe Correctional Complex, the City of Monroe, the Behind the Badge Foundation and the Monroe Police Department are partnering to host the annual 5K memorial run/walk event on Sunday, January 23, 2022. This event honors and remembers former Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl and her sacrifice in the line of duty.

This is a community event with people attending from all over the state, including with local residents, law enforcement, Department of Corrections and Monroe Correctional Complex staff.

Event Details

  • Event: 10th Anniversary Officer Jayme Biendl 5K Memorial Run/Walk
  • Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022
  • Time: The run begins at 10:00 a.m. and this event concludes at 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Skykomish River Park at 413 Sky River Pkwy, Monroe, WA 98272
  • Registration Information:For registration questions, contact Tracy Michel from Behind the Badge Foundation at (425) 747-7523.

Remembering Jayme Biendl

Eleven years ago, the death of Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl left an agency and a community stunned.

Every year since, the Department of Corrections, partnering law enforcement agencies and the greater Monroe community have come together to celebrate the life of their fallen comrade in the form of a memorial walk/run.

More than 400 people attend the fundraiser each year with proceeds from registration going to the Behind the Badge Foundation. The foundation offers support to family members and to agencies of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. In 2011, an inmate killed Biendl in the chapel inside the Monroe Correctional Complex. The event is a way to pay tribute to Biendl and serves as a reminder of the dangers all law enforcement officers face on the job.

See Honoring a Life Lost to read more about Jayme Biendl and previous memorials in her honor.