Back the Blue K-9 Force

RexRun for Pawsitivity 2022

Back the Blue K-9 Force is excited to announce their first RexRun, celebrating the working dogs they support. This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization was created in 2016 by Diane Lewis and Judy Anderson. The foundation aims to provide financial support to law enforcement K-9 units, help departments obtain K-9s, and eventually add support for retired K-9s. The departments do not currently have funds allocated for K-9 safety or medical needs in their budget. Therefore, they raise monies to fill this gap for these departments and provide additional safety and peace of mind for the K-9 handlers.

K-9 Rex, the inspiration for this race, is a one-year-old black Labrador Therapy dog. K-9 Rex goes to 9 schools bringing smiles and comfort to the students. This race will help Back The Blue K-9 Force fund more Therapy K-9s and help with safety gear and medical needs. Money raised will also help apprehension, explosives, narcotics, and electronics detection K-9s.

At Dove Valley Regional Park, there is space for over 350 vendors, food trucks, K-9 Unit departments, bounce houses, face painters, and balloon artists. In addition, there will be an all-day competitive law enforcement softball tournament.

Three registration events are available. The Run is from 8 am to 9:30 am. The Walk (bring your dogs – 6 feet leashes are required, no retractable leashes, please) begins at 9:30 am and is over at 11 am. Virtual is from 7 am to 4 pm. All are $45 for early registration through May. In addition, all early people registering will get a RexRun Poker Chip.

Everyone registering will get a RexRun For PAWSitivity 2022 T-shirt.  

There will be several law enforcement K-9s at RexRun. Please respect their space. Always ask if you can pet them. Don’t allow your kids to run-up to the K-9s or have your dogs close to these working dogs. The K-9 handler will direct you on proper behavior around their K-9. You are responsible for your children and pets.

Pet rescues will be at the event too.  Come out and maybe find your new walk/run buddy.

K9 Rex

Here’s How You Can Help!

The Race

There are three ways to sign up. Virtually (You can roll over in bed and you’re still in the race), Casually (walk with your dog), or the Timed Race (for all you competitive in-shape Coloradoans).

Sponsorship or Vendor Booth

Softball Tournament

Heroes with Paws 2019

Colorado Top Dog Dog Training at Back the Blue K-9 Force in Greenwood Village.

Back the Blue K-9 Force’s benefit was fun and successful. They support the courageous K-9 officers and their human counterparts from the Arapahoe County Police Department, Greenwood Village Police Department, and the Parker Police Department. These K-9 Officers put on a bomb/drug scent work demonstration and protection demonstration and interacted with a house full of supporters. A big thanks go out to Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village to use the amenities in their world-class showroom. If you’re looking to impact your community positively, they’re the best. Back the Blue K-9 Force donations directly benefit these K-9s with much-needed safety equipment, including bulletproof vests, raw dog food, and medical care. Would you mind donating today?

K-9 Handler Juan Villalva and K-9 Officer Miner

K-9 Handler Jeff Mulqueen and K-9 Officer Riggs