race info

Fifth Annual Run Stanley

5K cross country run/walk through the Stanley Park Wildlife Sanctuary trails, includes K9 division, and Munchkin Run for kids

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stanley Park, Westfield, MA

Registration fees: *race shirt guaranteed to those registered by Sept. 16; remaining given out as available.

Students (k-12 and college) 5K walk or run: $18

Adults 5K run or walk: $33

K9 Category 5K walk or run (1 dog and 1 human): $38 (includes Run Stanley race bandanna for dog and race shirt for human, if registered by September 16 at midnight)

Munchkin Run (for kids up to age 13): $18

*Special offer to first 100 Munchkin Run registrants: get $10 off courtesy of Dunkin Donuts by entering coupon code DD2017!


Registration: 8:30-10:00 at Children’s Pavilion

Kids’ Munchkin Run Starts at 10:30

K9 Run/Walk (5K course) Starts at 11:00

5K Starts at 11:15


The Munchkin Run is a fun run for kids starting at 10:30 a.m.  Young participants will run a ¾ mile course around the Stanley Park athletic fields, starting and finishing at the Finish Line near the Children’s Pavilion.  The Munchkin run is not timed. Older children who wish to run the 5K are welcome.


Start time 11:15 a.m. The race start and finish line is near the Children’s Pavilion. The course will take you over the new bridge!  Race course and elevation maps below.  After the race, we will announce overall, team, K9, and age-group winners for 5k (including a 13 and under category ),  who will receive awards donated by local businesses and supporters of Stanley Park.


Start time 11:00 a.m. Dogs are invited to team up with their humans and participate in the k9 division of the 5k Walk /Run.  K9 participants will start BEFORE the general 5k, because dogs don’t like to be at the back of the pack!  Humans should register their dogs and themselves.  Each registered dog will receive a Run Stanley race bandanna and bib number.  Human will receive a Run Stanley shirt. A prize will be awarded to first finisher in the canine category.


The event will take place rain or shine. Participants should park in the large lot by the rose gardens (gate 2 of Stanley Park). Registration, bib pick up, and the finish line party will be located at and around the Children’s Pavilion. Before, during, and after the race, participants and their guests can enjoy music provided by Westfield State University’s WSKB Community Radio 89.5. Hot drinks and donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts of Westfield.  Walkers, runners and kids will receive a Run Stanley race shirt (if registered by September 16).  Please note, water will be available in the finish area and at the halfway point along the course.

Run Stanley 2013 and 2014 raised funds to replace one of the bridges along the River Trail that was washed out in a storm, and we’re excited to report the new bridge has been installed along the River Trail.  Run Stanley 2015 and 2016 continued fundraising efforts toward a second bridge on the River Trail, and the goal of Run Stanley 2017 is to raise enough to purchase that second bridge as well as improved directional signage in the Wildlife Sanctuary.  Your participation in Run Stanley will help make walking, running, and cycling in the Wildlife Sanctuary easier and safer. This is a great opportunity to show your support for Stanley Park by signing up to run or walk.  Form a team and get friends and family involved. We encourage individuals and teams to collect pledges so their participation can make the most impact.  Top fundraisers will be recognized at the event.

We also ask local businesses, organizations, and offices to show their support for Stanley Park by signing on as sponsors.  Visit our sponsorship page to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.  Those interested in volunteering can sign up to volunteer on line too!


The unique and beautiful Run Stanley course starts and finishes near the Children’s Pavilion of Stanley Park, taking runners into the Wildlife Sanctuary to experience the various trails and run over the new bridge.  Runners and walkers will enjoy beautiful river scenery and experience the varied landscape and wildlife of the Sanctuary. Terrain includes grass, gravel, single-track trail, wood and plastic bridges and a few feet of asphalt. Course is mildly technical, with roots and rocks to negotiate, one somewhat steep decline in the first ¼ mile, and some short climbs in the final 1/3 mile.  Because of these few difficult to navigate spots, strollers are not recommended, and participants are advised to use caution.


run stanley 2015 course map


Run Stanley 2015 elevation chart

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