Westfield employees Smitherman and Rush create Westfield Running Club

The Westfield Running Club members participate in various races and fundraisers. Front, from left, Angela Smitherman, Deb Rush, Carolyn McCutcheon and Bill Kirsch. Back, from left, Joel Rush, Fritz Krueger and Ed Wroblewski. (Submitted photo)

The Westfield Running Club members participate in various races and fundraisers. Front, from left, Angela Smitherman, Deb Rush, Carolyn McCutcheon and Bill Kirsch. Back, from left, Joel Rush, Fritz Krueger and Ed Wroblewski. (Submitted photo)

Commentary by Erin Murphy 

Two Westfield employees combined their love of running and their love for the community and created the Westfield Running Club. Public Works Manager Angela Smitherman along with Westfield Police Chief Joel Rush just celebrated the one-year anniversary, and so far, they are off to a great start.

The Westfield Running Club offers residents a way to get involved in the community, meet their neighbors, get active and explore Westfield’s expansive trail system. The 15 core members run on the more than 85 miles of trails in Westfield twice each week. Smitherman tries to take her running group on a different route each week, which she says makes each run exciting and different.

The founding members pride themselves on opening the club up to any skill level. Currently, the Westfield Running Club is hosting a Couch-to-5K event in preparation for the third annual Grand Run July 23. Smitherman guides and encourages those who are new to running so they can be successful and fall in love with the sport.

In the past year, the group has participated in several races benefiting charities throughout central Indiana, such as Girls on the Run Central Indiana and Back on My Feet Indianapolis. Once each month, the Westfield Running Club joins the group runs coordinated through Blue Mile in Cool Creek Plaza.

Rush and Smitherman encourage anyone interested in learning more about the community and the trail system to come and join them for a run and find out what Westfield is all about.

If you are interested in joining the Westfield Running Club, email westfieldrunningclub@gmail.com, or check out its Facebook page. Sign up for the third annual Grand Run at Grand Park at grandparktickets.com.