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

Welcome to Our Patriotic Event!       Check out our Goody Bag items below!!
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  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  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.
 The Westerville Rotary Foundation is a 501C 3 organization.  Your fees and donations could be tax deductible!!

  The Rotary Club of Westerville has proudly chosen the 
  Central Ohio Honor Flight Program as the beneficiary for           our 2016 event.  

   The Central Ohio Honor Flight Program has been fortunate      over the past 9 years to fly 4,473 WWII and Korean Veterans on         72 flights to see their memorials in Washington DC at no charge
   to these veterans.  It was a day that they say was one of the most        memorable experiences of their lives.  This is our country’s way of     thanking them for their sacrifices to our country.  Each flight               costs $56,000 and this is raised with voluntary fund raising                 through such events as this along with personal contributions to         this
 501C 3 organization. 
   Flights in 2016
:  7 trips of ~82 veterans on these Saturdays:
  4/2; 4/23; 5/14; 6/4; 9/10 (All Women Veterans Flight); 10/1; 10/22   (Vietnam Purple Heart Flight

   Veterans We honor our nation’s senior veterans by taking them to see the war         memorials built in their honor: those who served during WWII (1941-1946);                 Korean War   era veterans (6/27/50 -1/31/55) and Vietnam era veterans                         (2/28/61- 5/7/75).   Terminally ill veterans of any era – TLCs (Their Last                       Chance) – go to the  top of the list.
  Historical Statistics
- Honor Flight Columbus and Honor Flight Network     Honor Flight Columbus has flown 4,148 veterans 2007-15. In 2016 we         expect to fly an additional 560 Veterans.  Honor Flight Columbus is part       of a nationwide network. Since its creation in 2005 the Honor Flight         Network has flown 159,703 veterans (2015 figures).  Honor Flight is           active in 44 states with 130 hubs.
  Volunteers - Honor Flight Columbus is a volunteer organization; one part     time paid office assistant.
  Guardians - Individuals who apply to serve as guardians on flights are not guaranteed        acceptance. We are not able to honor all requests for a specific guardian. 

:  Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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.
    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.

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.


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).  

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

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

QuestionsPlease contact the race director with any specific questions at

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to Contact us!

 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!

Goody Bags Excellent goodies with a few surprises!

The first 500 pre-registered participants will receive a long sleeve technical race shirt in your size, a special large size finishers medal,  warm flag headband, 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.   You don't need to be present to win!!! 

See goody bag items below:

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

2016 S
ponsors 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:

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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