The Westfield Half was started in 1994 when a group of runners from the Empire One Running Club approached the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield with the idea of a half marathon fundraiser. The proposal was to offer area runners a tune up race the Boston Marathon. This years race was changed to after the Boston Marathon in order to try to give our runners better weather conditions. By doing so we hope to grow the race into one of New England’s premier racing events.
During that time, we have seen the Westfield Half grow from 142 to well over 600 runners. In 2011, there were nearly 1,000 participants! We have also added a 10K, 5K run/walk race and children’s race as well. Since that first race 23 years ago, the race has raised nearly $200,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield.
Oleksak Lumber has been our main race sponsor, and its proprietor, Andy Oleksak, has donated his time and the lumber to make our one-of-a-kind handmade finisher MEDALS (Woods) which are shown below.
Over the last 23 years, the Westfield Half has offered men’s and women’s cut technical t-shirts, chip timing, GU packs, certified course, port-a-potties, showers and a post race buffet of sorts. Runners also have the opportunity for runners to run a rural, scenic half marathon course. Many beginner runners have started on the 5K course and accepted the challenge of completing the Westfield Half. Whether you are preparing to tackle your first half marathon or trying to better you personal record, the Westfield Half offers a challenging, friendly and fun run for a great cause.