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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.

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.

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

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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 & Fog.

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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