WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Twenty-five hundred runners/walkers will hit the streets in the Whip City Saturday and another 2,500 are expected to watch on for the first Run Westfield’s Flat Fast 5K Run & Walk.
“What we want to do is bring to Westfield a race that’s gonna attract some of the best runners in the world and still have the local runners, walkers,” said Mike Tierney, Run Westfield founder.
Among the runners there will be several teams wearing T-shirts honoring Officer Jose Torres. He died working a construction detail in July. A portion of the money will go toward a fund in his name.
The Westfield Police Department is one of the teams supporting their late brother officer.
“It should be a blast, be a great day,” said Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe.
The race starts at Westfield State University and heads down Western Ave onto Court Street into downtown.
“It’s gonna be flat, fast. Just a straight line,” said Tierney.
About 5,000 people are expected to stick around for the block party. Parts of Elm Street will be closed down.
The Tavern Restaurant is excited about the event. They have special Westfield Brewing Company Beer on tap and live music.
“Hopefully it brings a lot of people out and brings people into the businesses around here,” said Kathy Wheaton, Tavern Restaurant manager.
Mayor Daniel Knapik says the race is a great chance to show off the improvements of downtown. He wants people to see the new Westfield and keep them coming back for more.
“We are looking at this to have a long lasting relationship here in the City of Westfield,” said Knapik.
Road race organizers plan to hold the event each year and predict it’ll continue to grow much like the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Road Race has over it’s 38 years.
The race kicks off at 1 p.m. You can still register to run right up until 12:45 p.m.
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