HCN News & Notes

Run & Walk for a Noble Cause Draws More Than 600 Participants

WESTFIELD — The 31st annual Noble Hospital 5k Run & Walk for a Noble Cause was held on Saturday, May 2 at Stanley Park. More than 600 participants walked and ran the 5k route through Stanley Park and the surrounding area.

Individuals, teams, wheelchair racers, and school groups participated. Teams included students from Westfield Elementary Schools, Westfield State University, local foundations and nonprofits, businesses, and families and friends.

The 5k run is a competitive road race for all levels of runners, from the novice to the serious athlete. This year, the North Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Liz Dion, started the race with the national anthem. A family-friendly, non-competitive walk followed the same route as the road race. After the race, activities included refreshments, family activities, vendor tables, raffles, and race awards.

The top male finisher in the 5k run was Robbie Crossman (15:46), while the top female time was posted by Annie Paredes (19:13).