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Thousands Attend 16th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza

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Runners take off at the Downtown Westfield Pizza Run. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Members of Union County Moms Run this Town. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Volunteers from the Westfield Jaycees served pizza to the runners. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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70 runners from Team JeniFit ran to raise money to fight leukemia. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Downtown Westfield Corporation Executive Director Sherry Cronin speaks before the race. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ — About 2,400 runners and thousands more spectators came to Downtown Westfield Wednesday night for the 16th annual 5K & Pizza Extravaganza.

“Great weather, wonderful sponsors and a supportive community made for a great event,” Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, said. “Special thanks to the town of Westfield, the police department and our volunteers for keeping people safe and our department of public works crew, who did a Hurculean  job in cleaning up. Our motto is to leave it better than we found it and we did.”

The run is one of the largest non-corporate 5K races in the state. According to the Downtown Westfield Corporation, participants came from 11 states — 227  cities in New Jersey alone. Just over a third of runners came from Westfield. They ranged in age from 4 to 91 years old.

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Proceeds will be earmarked for Downtown Westfield streetscape improvements, such as new street lights, sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping.

After the race, pizza, beverages and desserts were be provided to runners by Westfield establishments and awards were be given out. Entertainment was provided by a DJ and live music by Michael Craig' band 8 'til When.

Sponsors included:

Presenting Sponsor:
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Platinum Sponsor:
Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Gold Sponsor:
Stop & Shop

Silver Sponsors: 
Overlook Medical Center; UBS

Bronze Sponsors:
Drew-Rogers; Elizabethtown Gas; Hehl & Hehl, P.C.; JackRabbit Westfield; JAG Physical Therapy; Kessler Rehabilitation Center; Kiddie Academy of Springfield; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; Merrill Lynch; Mesina Realty; Mosquito Shield; PSE&G; RWJBarnabas Health; ShopRite of Garwood; Spencer Savings Bank; Summit Medical Group; Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C.; Weichert, Realtors; Westfield Braces; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group.

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