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Hundreds Participate in Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone

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The Westfield Area YMCA will hold its annual 5K Run for Everyone Sept. 10. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Greg Hatzisavvas, seniordirector memberandwellnessengagement at the YMCA, welcomes runners and spectators. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Samantha Sprechmansings the National Anthem. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Live music by RMC Studios. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Kids enjoy inflatables after the race.
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WESTFIELD, NJ — About 650 runners, walkers and rollers participated in the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone Sunday, according to Greg Hatzisavvas, senior director member and wellness engagement at the YMCA. Money raised will be used to continue to grow the YMCA’s Dragonfly Program, which offers physical, recreational and social programs for young adults with special needs. 

“We’re really excited,” Hatzisavvas said. "The weather turned out really nice. We got a lot of support from the community.”

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Events went on as planned despite news Saturday of bomb exploding in a trash can at a 5K in Seaside Park, which injured no one, and another bomb in a New York City Dumpster that injured 29, according to reports.

“We have many officers on duty at the race every year,”  Hatzisavvas said. “We always are well staffed with officers.”

The Westfield Police Department’s mobile command center, often used at large events, was also present at the 5K.

The run kicked off with a performance of the National Anthem by high school student Samantha Sprechman.

“She was incredible,” Hatzisavvas.

Afterward, families enjoyed swimming in the YMCA’s pool, listening to live music by RMC Studios and an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and sports games in the gym.

Sunday’s events were preceded by a fashion show at Lord & Taylor members of the Westfield Area YMCA’s Dragonfly program, Devilfish swim team and Flyers track team.

The 5K Run for Everyone was sponsored by:

GOLD
American DG Energy

SILVER
Meyer & Depew Company
Lord & Taylor
The Grinis Family
Lentz Plumbing & Heating
Northfield Bank
D.S.G.K. Drywall, Inc
The Musial Group Architects
&Grain
Publick House
TAPinto.net
In Memory of Sean Young
Kings

BRONZE
Bohemian Raspberry
Bovella's Pastry Shoppe
Carlos
Dan Swayze & Son, Inc.
Food Emporium
The Fortino Family
James Ward
Jersey Mike's
Kessler Rehabilitation Center
Manhattan Bagel
Park Elite Cheerleading
Poe Yoga
Potter Architects, LLC
RMC Studios
ShopRite Wines and Spirits of Westfield
Sonoma Group
Speedy Sewer & Drain
Star Painting
Trader Joe's
Westfield Area Y's Men's Club
Westfield Audio Visual
Westfield Pediatric Dental Group

IN-KIND SUPPORTERS
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro
Athleta
The Brick Oven
Downtown Westfield Corp.
Dunkin Donuts
Evalyn Dunn Gallery
The Farmhouse Store
Gallery U Boutique
Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Ivy Educational Services
Jay's Cycle Center
Kohl’s
Mathusek, Inc.
Rudy's of Garwood
Salon Visage
Savory Spice Shop
ShopRite of Garwood
Sole
Town of Westfield Public Works
Turning Point
Tutti Baci Italian Bakery and Deli
Westfield PAL Football
Westfield Rescue Squad

TAPinto.net is a proud sponsor of the 5K Run for Everyone.

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