The 9th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be held on July 21, 2010 with a start time of 7:00 pm. This year for the first time, the race will be pre-registration only by July 17. All on-line registrations close at midnight on July 17, and all mailed entries must be postmarked by July 15. T-shirts and d-tag pick up can be picked up as early as 5:00 pm on race day. This event, which is one of the largest non-corporate 5K in the state, attracted over 2,500 runners and over 6,000 spectators last year for an evening of running, pizza, prizes, and entertainment.

According to Sherry Cronin, Executive Director of Downtown Westfield Corporation, "While one-third of the runners last year were from Westfield, we had runners from one-half of all the towns in state of New Jersey - a testament that this event draws people from a wide geographic area."

Trinitas Regional Medical Center is the 2010 Platinum Sponsor of the event, the first one in the nine-year history of the race. Stop & Shop and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey are silver sponsorships. UBS Financial Services and Huntington Learning Centers will be new bronze sponsors. TheAlternativePress.com, Williams Nursery, Shop-Rite, Drew-Rogers, Overlook Hospital, Westfield Pediatric Dental Group, and Greco Steam Carpet Cleaning have returned with bronze sponsorships. PSE&G and State Farm Insurance Christine Consenza Agency are contributing sponsors. Capital One and Creative Dental Care have returned with supporting sponsorships.

The race will be held on the USATF certified course for the following route: On E. Broad Street Left onto N. Euclid Avenue, Left onto Park Drive through Mindowaskin Park, Cross Mountain Avenue, Right onto Lawrence Avenue, Left onto Sylvania Place, Right onto Elm Street, Left onto Newton Place, Right onto Prospect Street, Left onto Brightwood Avenue, Left onto Embree Crescent, Left onto Eaglecroft Road, Right onto Clark Street, Left onto W. Dudley Avenue, Right onto Elm Street, and Finish just past E. Broad Street. Pizza and dessert will be provided to all registered runners. Entertainment will be provided by the ever-popular Michael Craig Band with an awards ceremony immediately following the race. Register by mail or online at www.PracticeHard.com. Technical t-shirts will be provided to the first 2,000 entrants. Embroidered caps are already provided to the first 600 entrants.

To find out more about the Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza and other events, contact Sherry Cronin or Beth Brenner at the Downtown Westfield Corporation at 105 Elm Street , Westfield, NJ 07090 (908) 789-9444 or by visiting www.WestfieldToday.com

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), formed in 1996, is the management entity of the Special Improvement District. It is governed by a seven member Board of Directors, has two full-time and one part-time staff members, and numerous volunteers serving on Design, Promotion, Economic Development and Organization committees. The vision of the DWC is for Westfield, NJ to be a preferred destination where people want to live, work, and visit. Westfield is also honored to be one of 26 designated Main Street Communities in New Jersey , a program of the National Trust's National Main Street Center . For the latest happenings, event information, and promotional offers from Westfield businesses, check out www.WestfieldToday.com