Mayor Andy Cook, city employees and community leaders are lacing up to hit 13.1 miles of pavement to raise money for Westfield Youth Assistance Program.
The team will sport tee-shirts emblazoned with, “We Run Westfield,” as they run amongst hundreds of runners in the annual One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to help fund YAP, a program that motivates at-risk students to hit the ground running with positive goals.
City Spokesperson Carrie Cason said the team members are meeting next month to plan training plans for the run, which include group runs, and fundraising plans.
Cason said the team is running to achieve personal goals and goals for the community
“We are always looking for ways to help our Youth Assistance Program,” Cason said. “Many of us, because of resolutions, are trying to incorporate healthy activities so we thought we would combine the needs for the good of the community program.”
Cook will be joined by his spokespersons, Carrie Cason and Derek Todd;Joel Rush, Westfield Police Dept. chief; Westfield Clerk Treasurer, Cindy Gossard; Scott Jordan, Westfield Police Dept. assistant chief; Anne Poynter, Downtown Westfield Association director; Derrick Cash, Westfield Informatics Dept. director and Leane Kmetz, GIS Coordinator for Westfield Dept. of Informatics, are members of the ever-growing team roster.
By Lindsay Eckert
Lindsay is the managing editor of Current in Westfield.