Tunes ‘n Toast Run benefits Green Beret Foundation


By Jessica Hoover

The Green Beret Tunes ‘n Toast Run, with the choice to run or walk 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles, will be from 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 in Westfield. The event is a fundraiser for the Green Beret Foundation, which provides support to Green Berets – a branch of the U.S. Army Special Forces — who have sustained wounds in combat, illness, injury or from deployments.


The start and finish lines will be at Field Brewing, 303 E. Main St., where food and beverages will be offered throughout the morning. A brunch buffet will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. The buffet is $15 for adults, $8 for children 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. All race participants will receive a $5 coupon for food or beverages or the buffet.

Race check-in begins at 7 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies. Ken Knowles will sing the national anthem and perform a sing-a-long salute to the military. The Basement Bass Quintet will play patriotic songs throughout the morning. The race starts at 7:30 a.m.

Green Berets and other speakers will their stories at the event, which includes a silent auction. Bid items sweet whiskey feed and checkpoint rye whiskey from former Green Beret Andrew Lang’s distillery, along with Athletic Annex gift certificates, a Runners Forum VIP party and more.

“The Green Berets have been fighting the global war on terror for over 18 years, and they’re still fighting,” race chair Char Cooper said. “They have the highest casualty rates of any of the military out there because of the dangerous situations that they’re put in. We want the community to really support the people that have fought so diligently and continue fighting for our freedom.”

For more or to register, visit Registration ends at midnight Sept. 3. Race registration requires a $20 minimum donation to the Green Beret Foundation.