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Hundreds of runners and walkers braved the chilly temps this past Saturday to participate in the Westfield Washington Education Development Foundation’s annual Underground Railroad Run, sponsored by Riverview Hospital and others. The event supports college scholarships for Westfield High School seniors as well as teacher grants for creative classroom enrichment.
The 5K (3.1 mile) run started at Westfield High School (18250 North Union Street, Westfield, IN) at 9:00 a.m. and led runners through Asa Bales Park, home of an anti-slave cemetery established during the Underground Railroad era. Asa Bales, the first white settler in Westfield, helped develop the town as a place of safety for escaped slaves seeking freedom.
Event activities included the competitive 5K run (timed), a 3K (1.9 mile) fitness run/walk (not timed), and a health fair. Riverview Hospital is a proud sponsor of this event in our community. Our exercise specialists, registered dietitians, wellness coordinators, and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation nurses were on hand at the health fair to provide free blood pressure screenings, a body fat analysis, and health and sports nutrition information.
Visitors to our information booth also had a chance to spin our prize wheel for a chance to win Riverview Hospital gym bags, a R.A.C.E. (Riverview Athletic Conditioning Enhancement) package, fitness packages to Riverview Rehab & Fitness, a Heart Scan provided by the Riverview Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and other giveaways.
Congratulations to the Westfield Washington Education Development Foundation on another successful event, and kudos to all event participants!