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Get your July 4th holiday moving with the Rotary Club of Westerville’s Independence Day 5K at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. As it has since 2021, the 5K will take place at the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave.

Independence DayThe race and all our Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day events for 2023 will take place on the actual date of the holiday – Tuesday, July 4.

Registration is open now!

Registration for 2023 is now open, at

The route travels on paved multipurpose trails through the Sports Complex property, under Cleveland Avenue, along the Westerville Community Center property, down to Heritage Park, and back to the finish/start line at the Sports Complex, adjacent to the new Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Participants in the 5K receive an event T-shirt, race medal and other goodies. Kids Fun Run participants receive a medal. The event is pre-registration only. Packet pickup will be at the Polaris Fleet Feet store, 1270 E. Powell Rd., from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, July 2 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, July 3.

Veterans take center stage beginning this year

  • Local veterans groups will be beneficiaries of the Rotary July 4th 5K beginning this year and going forward. This dedication of proceeds to local veterans from our July 4th race replaces the Rotary Club of Westerville’s discontinued November event, the fall Rotary Honors Veterans 5K.
    We will dedicate proceeds from the 2023 race to Westerville’s Young-Budd Post 171 of the American Legion and Ellis E. Woodrow Memorial Post 7883 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  • A pre-race ceremony featuring the Westerville Honor Guard with members from both the Legion and VFW will begin the event, at 7:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the beautiful new Westerville Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Westerville Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave. The 5K Walk/Run start and finish line will be adjacent to the plaza.
  • Our annual Kids Fun Run sprints for young children will move to before the 5K, taking place at 7:45 a.m.
  • The 5K itself will begin at 8 a.m., as usual.


2023 event schedule

7:30 a.m.     Pre-race ceremony featuring the Westerville Honor Guard

7:45 a.m.     Kids Fun Run for young children (50-yard and 100-yard dashes)

8 a.m.           5K Run-Walk start