The Second Annual Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K Run and Walk with $30,000 in Cash Awards!
It runs on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in beautiful Westfield, Massachusetts. Get into the spring racing spirit! Be a part of the second annual Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K with an excellent two-day Expo and post race Run Westfield Fest afternoon Block Party with live music. Easy access and great prize money is making this one into a classic!
Posted Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
Run Westfield has created a fun-filled scenic course, which starts near the state-of-the-art Woodward Athletic Center,south lot, on the lovely campus of Westfield State University and finishes on Elm Street downtown surrounded by a huge block party to celebrate this outstanding event in southwestern Massachusetts.
It will be electronically timed and chock-full of community and volunteer support. There are numerous terrific sponsors and great city support for this event, making it possible to have cash prizes unparalleled in comparison with any other local race in the region! You will have opportunities to win the pot of gold because they have $30,000 in cash prizes! And that’s no typo.
Westfield, Massachusetts is rich in history and a wonderful place to visit and explore. It is a friendly town combining urban amenities with small-town charm and the gorgeous backdrop of the Berkshires. It quickly becomes very rural outside of town, and it is a wonderful setting for a race, whether you are the fastest participant of back-of-the-pack walker.
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. It is less than a mile off the Mass Pike (I-90), and only six miles from north-south I-91 just west of Springfield, at the intersection of US Routes 20 and 202, so it is easy to get to by car; just 45 miles from Hartford and 90 miles from Boston. It is only a few miles from Hartford-Springfield Bradley International Airport, so there will likely be national class runners in attendance. Race Website
There are many things to see and do in Historic Westfield, so make it a weekend and get “charmed” by this magical location known as the “Whip City”! See more about the town and what it offers below.
About the Expo and the Race
The Run Westfield Flat Fast 5K, “America’s Fastest 5K”, includes a run and walk option, as well as the opportunity of signing up as a team.
"This is a great town and they love us here; what a terrific race, Wow! I will definitely be back."
It all begins with the race Fitness Expo at the Woodward Center on the Westfield State University Campus. The Center is located at 365 Western Avenue adjacent to Overlook Drive. You won’t miss it—it is an 80,000 square foot facility used for many purposes and houses three basketball courts, a track and many facilities and classrooms, the hub of athletics on campus.
The Expo will run Friday, May 23 from noon to 8:00 p.m., and race day, Saturday, May 24 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The race begins at 1:00 p.m. at the south lot, the largest on campus, near the Expo at Woodward Center. Packet pickup will be available during the Expo, same times, as will late registration. Online registration closes at midnight May 20. All registrants will receive a unique race T-Shirt. There will be many vendors, race groups, and community organizations installed at the Expo.
The race will take place on Saturday, May 24 starting at 1:00pm. The course will cover the 256-acre campus and run into the downtown area of historic Westfield, Massachusetts. It is a USTAF Certified 5K/3.1-mile course, USATF-sanctioned. Timing and scoring of the race will be using Chronotrack, a single-use bib tag timing system, called a B-Tag, which will be attached to your racing bib. For details and information on the course and all aspects of the race please visit Race Website.
In addition to an enchanting course filled with historic structures and scenic vistas, there will be a huge celebratory Run Westfield Fest, also known as the 5K Kool Down, a true Block Party with live music on at least two stages! This will take place over several blocks of Elm Street near the finish, between School Street and Franklin Street. The Tavern Restaurant, Paddy’s Irish Pub, and Two Rivers Burritos will be among many involved with the party, which will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cash Prizes and Awards
There will be a total of $30,000 in prize money! Here is a breakdown of placements for winners, top 10 women and men (prize money will be awarded by order of finish gun time):
Overall Women Finishers and Men Finishers
• 1st Place – $5000
• 2nd Place – $3000
• 3rd Place – $2000
• 4th Place – $1000
• 5th place – $750
• 6th Place – $500
• 7th Place – $400
• 8th Place – $300
• 9th Place – $200
• 10th place – $100
Women’s and Men’s Age Groups, top three Winners in divisions 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+, will receive $200, $100, and $50 respectively. The top three Westfield resident winners - Men and Women—will also be awarded $200, 100, and $50.
For High School runners, the top five finishers for young men and women will be awarded merchandise prizes! See “Eligibility Requirements to Receive Prize Money” on the race website. Cash prizes will be mailed.
Westfield was founded in 1660 and until 1725 was the western-most settlement in Massachusetts. It is a jewel of southwestern Mass in the foothills of the Berkshires. It has gone through several historical phases, beginning as an agricultural community on the banks of the Westfield River, a tributary of the Connecticut. It was then a manufacturing center producing many kinds of products, among them were buggy whips, bricks, paper products, cigars, bikes, pipe organs, abrasives and machine tools.
It is now an educational town and a warehousing and distribution center, owing to its proximity to metro markets and position near two major interstate highways. Historically it was also a distribution center with a canal running from Westfield to New Haven. They were able to transport manufactured goods and agricultural products for the surrounding area to many markets, including Boston.
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. You will have the feeling that all 41,000 residents will be behind the event.
“The District” or historic center of town is full of life with retail shops, restaurants and pubs, nightlife and cultural resources. Please visit their website for more information on attractions and events, links and more: The District
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. It was the FIRST public co-educational college in the USA founded for students without regard to class, gender, or race distinctions. The beautiful 256-acre campus seems even more expansive because it sits adjacent to Stanley Park and Carillon, 400 Western Avenue, a 275-acre park with floral gardens, Japanese garden, amazing roses, herb and perennial gardens, an arboretum, wildlife sanctuary, working mill pond and water wheel, and more. It is well worth a visit as you will note when you run and ride along the perimeter.
Westfield University competes in NCAA Division III, and the Owls have 21 varsity teams competing; the track and cross-country teams have received national recognition.
There are also numerous state parks and conservation areas in addition to 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 other 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. Have a look at the Westfield Athenaeum. Yes, there is a lot to see and do in Westfield.
Westfield is also part of the string of regions and towns that make up the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, a trail famous for hikers and trail runners alike. The trail is 114 miles long and extends from the Connecticut border 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.
Pubs in Town - Do You Run for Brews?
There are numerous pubs in Westfield that will serve you your favorite brews - or perhaps some really good new ones. 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 different dining experience, head to The Tavern Restaurant.
Run Westfield, Run the Flat, Fast 5K
What are you waiting for? Set those goals and register for this incredible race! Try your luck at these generous prizes, or simply have some fun with a running adventure along the way; and a big celebratory Block Party, Run Westfield Fest when you finish! 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 in a wonderful small city. http://runwestfield.com/