Join in the Annual Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K and Officer Torres Memorial Walk!
It all takes place on Saturday, March 30th 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (note date change) in beautiful Westfield, Massachusetts; get into the Spring Season! Get your racing year off to a great start Runners, leprechauns, and four-leaf clover hunters-lovers try your luck - or use your lucky limbs and charms- and win awesome prizes at the end of this rainbow. Be a part of the first annual Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K. Shake off winter and come to the Green.
Posted Monday, 18 March, 2013
It’s the annual Run Westfield race for the green, the Flat Fast 5K and Officer Torres Memorial 5K Walk. This will be the most Green, Celtic 5K you’ll ever run! Run Westfield has created a fun-filled scenic course, which will be electronically timed and chock-full of community and volunteer support. There are terrific sponsors and great city support for this event, making it possible to have cash prizes unparalleled compared with any other Spring race in the region! You will have plenty of opportunities to win the pot of gold - or stack of green - because they have over $25,000 in cash prizes!
The organizers just announced a date change from March 16 to March 30 for the Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K, and the "Early Bird" registration discount has been extended to January 15.
Westfield, Massachusetts is rich in history and wonderful place to visit and explore. It is a friendly town having urban amenities with small-town charm, and a gorgeous backdrop of the Berkshires. Location is just part of what makes this an interesting and delightful place to run and an extraordinary place to bring the whole family. It is near east-west and north-south Interstate Highways (I-90 and (I-91 just west of Springfield) so it is easy to get to by car. It is only a few miles from Hartford-Springfield Bradley International Airport, so there will likely be national class runners in attendance.
There are many things to see and do in Historic Westfield, so make it a destination weekend and get “charmed” by this magical city!
About the Race
The Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K consists of a run and walk option, as well as the opportunity of signing up as a team. And in the spirit of the Whip City, the first place team award will be $250.00 donated to the charity of the team’s choice. Also in the spirit, there will be a huge Block Party held in the Downtown area of Westfield on the green near the finish line!
The race will take place on Saturday, March 30th at 1:00pm. The course will cover the downtown area of historic Westfield, Massachusetts and will be a USTAF Certified 5K/3.1 course. Both the start and finish line will be located at the Town Green, also known as Park Square, located at the intersection of Broad, Main and Court Streets, in Westfield, MA. Timing and scoring of the race will be using Chronotrack, a single-use bib tag timing system, called a B-Tag, which will already be attached to your racing bib number. For details and information please visit runwestfield.com. Registration closes on March 24th, 2013.
In addition to an enchanting course filled with costumed runners, shamrocks and rainbows, all registrants will receive a unique race T-Shirt! Please note this event—walk and run—is using online registration only, and there will be no race day registration. Shirt and bib pick-up instructions will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the race.
Register to Walk for a Cause: This year’s Walk will benefit the Officer Jose Torres Memorial Fund. Officer Torres a 27 year veteran Police Officer lost his life on July 26, 2012 in the line of duty. Those who register for the 5K Walk, will be benefiting this charity. To learn more about Office Jose Torres and his memorial fund, please visit: masslive.com. All walkers will receive a T-Shirt and pick-up instructions for your shirt and bib number will be emailed two weeks prior to the event. Registration closes March 9th, 2013.
Pot O’ Gold (Prizes and Awards)!
There will be a total of $25,000 in given away in award money! Here is a breakdown of placement for winners* (prize money will be awarded by order of finish by gun time):
Overall Women Finishers and Men Finishers
• 1st Place – $5000
• 2nd Place – $3000
• 3rd Place – $2000
• 4th Place – $1000
• 5th place – $500
Women’s and Men’s Age Groups - Winners
• 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ – $300
Westfield Resident Winners - Men and Women
• 1st Place – $500
• 2nd Place – $400
• 3rd Place – $300
• 4th Place – $200
• 5th Place – $100
The top ten finishers of men and women will be awarded merchandise prizes!
* Eligibility Requirements to Receive Prize Money – you must have a valid US Social Security Number. No Prize Money will be distributed on race day. You will receive an envelope with a form to fill out and instructions to where to return it. Once we receive the form back from you and the information is verified, we will send you a check. For Prize Money Greater than $600.00 you will also receive a 1099.
Westfield’s nickname is “The Whip City” because it was the epicenter of buggy whip manufacturing, a thriving business in the 1800’s. The old factory, built in 1855, has since become a historic landmark and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Westfield’s motto is “Community Driven,” which you will surely notice when you run this special race. Community is the key to the elements that make up any well-directed race and in this city; community support for any endeavor is unparalleled.
Westfield is home to Westfield State College, founded in 1838 on the principles of innovative thinking and social responsibility in an effort to build leaders within the community. There are also numerous state parks and conservation areas, such as Stanley Park, Hampton Ponds State Park, Hawks Nest and Victoria Estates conservation areas. This makes for beautiful site-seeing that will never be compromised by modern-day construction. There are also exciting museums in Westfield, such as Amelia Park Children’s Museum on Broad Street near the ice arena and public garden, and The Edwin Smith Historical Museum and Jasper Rand Art Museum, both located on Elm Street.
Westfield is also part of the string of cities and towns that make up the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, a trail famous to hikers and trail runners alike. The trail is 114 miles long and extends from Massachusetts into New Hampshire. The trail is geologically unique in that it includes everything from waterfalls to exposed summits and cliff faces, to lakes, farmlands, swamplands, diverse forests of trees, and many historic sites. It is maintained by the Berkshire chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club and an amazing trail system fully appreciated by the towns and cities along this trail!
Pubs in Town – Live Irish!
There are numerous Irish pubs in Westfield that will serve you Whisky or Guinness, some green concoction, or possibly even some boiled cabbage! For starters visit the extensive beer collection at Paddy Irish Pub located on quaint Elm Street, or head up the street to Shenanigan’s, also on Elm, for a pint. Whip City Brew has gotten rave reviews by locals and is known for their extensive beer selection. For a more upscale drinking and dining experience, head to The Tavern Restaurant.
For breakfast and homemade maple syrup, visit the Pomeroy Sugar House! This gem is a treasure within Westfield and has been part of the Pomeroy family for three generations. They produce their own maple syrup by harvesting sap from nearby Rock Maple trees, so the syrup has a distinct flavor. You can’t get more ‘local’ than this! The farm and sugar house are Open for breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30AM to 1:00PM from Mid-February through the first of April. pomeroysugarhouse.com/
Westfield is also home to a terrific local running shoe store called Fast Feet. Check them out here: harriers.org
Driving to Westfield from anywhere is very convenient due to its access to east-west and north-south interstate highways. Whip City is located right off of Interstates 90 and 91, making it a convenient destination for a road trip. For directions, to the starting line, plug in this address into your GPS: Park Square, Westfield, MA.
The Holiday Inn has discounted room rates the weekend of March 29th through the 30th for runners or attendants of the Run Westfield 5K. Visit the travel page for information on obtaining the discounted rate: runwestfield.com/hotel-travel
What are you waiting for? Go for the green and a 2013 personal best and register for this incredible race! Try your luck at these amazing prizes, have some fun and team or family adventure along the way! Whether you are a runner, or walker, elite or novice, this race is for you. You do not want to miss out on this pot-of-gold. If you do, you will be green with envy!
Event Website: runwestfield.com
Registration – RUN or WALK: racewire.com/index.php
About Westfield, MA: thedistrictwestfield.com