WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be pies.

The 18th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza is set for the evening of July 24. Also known as “the Pizza Run,” the 5K typically draws more than 2,400 runners from the region, according to the Downtown Westfield Corporation. Thousands more spectators are expected to enjoy the atmosphere and live entertainment provided by the ever-popular Michael Craig’s 8 ’til When & The Groove Sharks.

The athletes will be rewarded with pizza and other treats at the end of the race, as well as an awards ceremony.

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To sign up, go to PracticeHard.com and register before Monday, July 22, at midnight. There are no online processing fees.

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. Refer to www.WestfieldToday.com for the course map. Pizza and dessert will be provided to all registered runners.

The 18th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors, the DWC said.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center is returning as the Platinum Sponsor of the event for the 10th year.  Established in January, 2000, following the consolidation of St. Elizabeth Hospital and Elizabeth General Medical Center, Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a full-service healthcare facility serving those who live and work in Eastern and Central Union County. Operating on two major campuses, Trinitas Regional Medical Centern has 554 beds, including a 120-bed long-term care center. Trinitas Regional Medical Center is proud to offer state-of-the-art medicine backed by compassion and competence. 

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Stop & Shop are both Gold Sponsors of the event. Overlook Medical Center, UBS and Lord & Taylor are Silver Sponsors this year. AvalonBay Communities; Drew-Rogers; Elizabethtown Gas; JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; NJBEST New Jersey’s 529 College Savings Plan; OsteoStrong; Roig Collection Art & Framing; Shoprite of Garwood; Stephen F. Hehl Offices of Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins P.C.; Summit Medical Group; and Westfield Pediatric Dental Group will be the Bronze Sponsors. REDCOM Design & Construction LLC is the returning Supporting Sponsor.

Money raised by the Pizza Run is earmarked for Downtown Westfield streetscape improvements such as new street lights, sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping.

To find out more about the Downtown Westfield Corporation 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, contact Sherry Cronin or Beth Brenner at the Downtown Westfield Corporation at 105 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090, 908-789-9444 or visit www.WestfieldToday.com. You can follow the Downtown Westfield Corporation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

See photos from last year's run: 2018: Downtown Westfield ‘Pizza Run’ Attracts Crowds Despite Drizzle