The Underground Railroad Run is a 5K run and 3K family walk that winds through historic Westfield, Indiana. This year’s race will take place on March 22nd, winding through Asa Bales Park and by the anti-slavery cemetery in downtown Westfield.
Options include a 3K walk, designed for families to enjoy together, and a 5K timed walk, featuring awards for each age group. The 5K race begins at 9am, with a $15 registration fee. The 3K walk begins at 9:30am, which registration fees for students ($4) and adults ($6). T-shirts are also available to purchase for an additional $15.
Hopefully, the snow will be gone by March 22nd, but it’s a beautiful area regardless. Both the 5k race and the 3k family walk begin and end at Westfield High School and weave through downtown Westfield, including Union Street. The best part is always the run (or walk) along the Asa-Simon bike loop through Asa Bales Park.
The route includes two bridges and takes you by the Anti-Slavery Friends Cemetery. Westfield was a major part of the Underground Railroad, and this aspect our history is featured in the cemetery that is the final resting place of Westfield founder Asa Bales, his wife Susannah, civil war soldiers, free masons, and unmarked slaves who died on their path to freedom.
Both routes will end at Westfield High School, where you will find a recovery area as well as a public health fair. Proceeds from the event benefit the Westfield Education Foundation.
There will be a $500 educational grant to the school with the highest number of registrations.
Students are often encouraged by their teachers and principals to join in the race as a matter of school pride. The winning school will even take possession of the Underground Railroad trophy to display at their school fro the next year. This aspect of the race creates a fun, community atmosphere with an annual event families look forward to every spring.
This race celebrates the history of Westfield and reminds residents of our founder’s fight for equality. For more information on the Underground Railroad Run, visit the race registration page.