Rotary Honors Veterans Freedom 5K Walk/Run

The Rotary Club of Westerville and its presenting sponsor Chase, would like to present......... 

2017 Sponsors:  We can only put this event together with the help of our many gracious sponsors.  We would like to thank all those supporting this event this year, for their financial support or in-kind giving.  If you're able to support this event for 2017, please contact the Race Director at

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

3-Star - Patriotism Sponsors.........

4-Star - Freedom Fighter Sponsor.........

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


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).  

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.

The Central Ohio Honor Flight Program Mission is to:  Honor our nation’s senior veterans with a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit their war memorials at no cost to them: Share their stories for the benefit of future generations and Celebrate their homecoming, affirming their allegiance and service to our country. To read more about the Honor Flight Program, please go to    

The USO of Central and Southern Ohio Mission is to: Strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The USO covers 65 counties in Central & Southern Ohio, West Virginia and Northern Kentucky. They have lounges at: John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Dayton International Airport, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base USO Center. We also provide many programs and events to support our military and their families. To read more about the USO of Central and Southern Ohio Program, please go to ​​

Contact Information:
USO of Central & Southern Ohio
Phone: 614-317-7906
4200 Hoover Rd
Grove City, OH 43123

Contact Information:
Honor Flight of Columbus
Phone: 614-284-4987
778 Northwest Blvd
Columbus, OH 43212

Welcome to Our Patriotic Event!     Check out our Goody Bag items below!!

Date:  Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Ceremonies at 8:45 with a 9:00am 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 for directions.

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.  Race begins at ~ 10:10am after the 5k Walk/ Run has concluded.

Ronald McDonald will be present to welcome children of all ages! ​

Awards: The event will be chip timed and the first 650- registered finishers will receive a finisher's medal featuring the race logo.

Packet Pick up: Beginning on Thursday, November 9th at Fleet Feet Sports, 1270 East Powell Road (Polaris Parkway), from 10am to 8pm.  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.

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 the  7th 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 $24,000 to veteran's organizations, 
​over the 6-year history of our 5K!   Having Chase as our partner and Presenting Sponsor, will enable us to further enhance this cause and the level of support we're able to offer. 

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 organization to be a beneficiary of this event. 
The Westerville Rotary Foundation is a 501C 3 organization.  Your fees and donations could be tax deductible!!

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

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

Donations can also be accepted spearately online and paid by PayPal or credit card.

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

Questions: Please contact the Race Director with any specific questions at

Free Photo File: We have again partnered 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!

Goody Bags: Excellent goodies with a few surprises! 

The first 650 pre-registered participants will receive a long sleeve technical race shirt in your size, a special large size finishers medal, warm stars & stripes knit cap, plus many other cool items.

Also, 12 lucky participants will receive a $30.00 Fleet Feet gift card.   Winners will be chosen randomly from registered entries and announced at the event!! 

See goody bag items below:

The Central Ohio Honor Flight Program and United Service Organizations (USO) of Central and Southern Ohio have been selected as the beneficiaries for the 2017 event.  

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