The Rotary Club of Westerville Presents......... 
Rotary Honors Veteran's 5K Walk/Run

Welcome to Our Patriotic Event!

 The Rotary Club of Westerville is excited to again offer the  community a venue for coming together and celebrating our  brave men and women of the military.  We are proud to  announce that this is the 6th Anniversary of our  annual Rotary Honors Veterans 5K Walk/Run, a family  oriented event for adults and children of all ages.  We  appreciate everyone who has participated and made this a  successful event.  Because of your support, we have proudly donated $20,000 to  veteran's organizations, over the 5-year history of our 5K! 

Mission: The mission of the Rotary Honors Veterans 5K Walk/Run is "To honor, celebrate and recognize those Veterans that have provided the ultimate 'Service Above Self' commitment by serving and giving of themselves to our country."  Each year our race committee will select a different local Veteran's organization to be a beneficiary of this event.
Last Year's Beneficiaries:
The American Legion Young-Budd Post 171Ellis E. Woodrow Memorial VFW Post and 7883, both from Westerville, Ohio have been selected as co-beneficiaries for the 2015 event.  Veteran members from both groups are actively supporting their fellow comrades and the Westerville community for many years.  Their services include assisting Veterans to locate necessary resources they’ve earned, extend financial relief for emergencies, locate shelter and provide meals for homeless Veterans, and offer funeral details for those who have passed.  They are both active in the community by  giving scholarships and funding other student activities.

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Ceremonies at 8:45 with a 9am start. Registration will begin at 7:30am and conclude at 8:30 to allow time for processing and ceremonies.

Location: Alum Creek Park, Westerville, Ohio see map

Course Map: Click Here

Registration: Online (Click Here!)
Same day - cash or check only with checks payable to the
'Westerville Rotary Foundation'

Entry Fee
(all inclusive with no processing fees!)
  • $27 before October 1st
  • $32 before October 31st
  • $37 November 1st through race day
When you register online, there are no additional fees.  To download registration form for mailing, please click here.

Kids Fun Run
: $8. All pre-registered kids will receive
 a race shirt and finishers medal, with a few other goodies.
    Ronald McDonald will be present to welcome children of all ages!

: The event will be chip timed and the first 500- registered finishers will receive a finisher's medal featuring the race logo.

Packet Pick up
: Beginning on Wednesday, November 2nd at Fleet Feet Sports, 1270 East Powell Road (Polaris Parkway). Phone: (614) 846-5625

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Main Street across from the park, and in adjoining surface lots.

Team Challenge
: The top teams will be recognized at the post event awards ceremony. Teams will be recognized for largest number of members and total pledge funds raised.
The top winning team will earn a complimentary 3 Star $1000 Sponsorship Level for the succeeding year.  The 2nd place team to earn a 2-Star $500 Sponsorship award.

Team Rules
: You must individually Pre-Register under your team name. The first person signing up for a team will create the team during registration process and all others signing up for that team will then see that team name in the drop down box.

Questions: Please contact the race director with any specific questions at

Contact us!

With a Donation of $20.00 or more made during your online Registration, you will receive a 3' x 5' deluxe nylon, US Flag having embroidered stars, sewn stripes and metal grommets (see photos on registration page).  

What a great way to support our Military Veterans and show your patriotic pride!

Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. This year marks the poem’s 27th anniversary.
Please take a few minutes to enjoy this video tribute to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who have given so much for our country.

Veterans in service during time of war of The Young-Budd American Legion Post 171 has been serving its members, fellow comrades, and the Westerville community for nearly 85 years.  They provide many services that include assisting Veterans in need to locate necessary resources they’ve earned; have a relief fund for emergency needs; find shelter and provide meals for homeless Veterans; and offer funeral details.  For our community, they provide funding to send high school students to Boys State/ Girls State mock Gov’t exercise in Washington, DC.

The Ellis E. Woodrow Memorial Post 7883 was officially chartered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) in Oct of 1985 and remains dedicated to our country’s military, its veterans, and their families.  Their mission echoes the overall mission of the VFW, which is to: “Honor the Dead by Serving the Living” through veteran’s service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.  The Westerville Post is very active supporting Veterans needs by providing meals and assisting with locating shelter for comrades who are homeless.  They also send representatives to Washington to advocate elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president’s cabinet.  Within the community, they provide $1,500-per year in college scholarships to high school students every year.  This post has received the National Community Service Award in 2007 & 2010.  They have certainly lived up to their motto – honoring the dead by serving the living.

Swag Bags: Excellent goodies with a few surprises!

The first 550 pre-registered participants will receive a long sleeve technical race shirt in your size, a special finishers medal,  plus many other cool items. 

See items below:

Late and same day registrants will receive a race shirt,  
and other items only while supplies last!

Free Photo File: We have again partnered with of Westerville to photograph each participant on the course and finish.  All will be able to receive one FREE social media size image file.  Runphotos is the foremost running photographer in the country, and they will do their best to capture every runner.  Make sure your bib is easily visible on the front of your shirt.  The finish line provides a rich photo environment, as the end of the course will be lined with US Flags.

To receive your FREE file, and view all your photos and options, please go to

See the photo gallery on our website now!

2015 S
ponsors We can only put this event together with the help of our many gracious sponsors We would like to thank the following for their financial support or in-kind giving:

5-Star - Award of Valor Presenting Sponsors..........

4-Star - Freedom Fighter Sponsor.........
3-Star - Patriotism Sponsors.........


2-Star - Stars and Stripes Sponsors.........

1-Star - Special Salute Sponsors.........


If you are interested in supporting the Rotary Honors Veterans 5K event, please click here for our Sponsor page with more details including Sponsor Levels and obtaining a corporate wellness discount for your associates. 

The Westerville Rotary Foundation is a 501C 3 organization.

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