The Rotary Club of Westerville’s annual tribute to Veterans will run in a new direction this year.

In our 11th year of staging a November event to honor our Veterans, the 2021 Rotary Honors Veterans Freedom Fun Run will take place Saturday evening, Nov. 13.

The Rotary is teaming with Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park and The Point at Otterbein University to create a fabulous new experience for participants in the Freedom Fun Run, for our annual salute to our United States Veterans.

Participation in the Freedom Fun Run will be limited to the first 300 people to register. Registrants will receive an event T-shirt, a custom Challenge Medal commemorating the 2021 run, and coupons and other gifts from our sponsors.

The Freedom Fun Run will take place through the 3-mile Fantasy of Lights outdoor light show at Alum Creek State Park campgrounds between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Set up by the Bando organization, the Fantasy of Lights has taken place each holiday season since 1999 at the Alum Creek State Park campgrounds.

Normally the show is only open to motorists, but through the Westerville Rotary’s partnership with Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, participants in the Freedom Fun Run will be allowed to run or walk the 3-mile paved course through the show. Participants MUST stay on the marked, paved course.

Through Rotary’s partnership with Otterbein, staging for the race will take place in Westerville at The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Road. Freedom Fun Run participants will gather indoors at The Point, where they can learn about our event and local military group beneficiaries, then board buses for transportation to the Fantasy of Lights for the run.

After enjoying the Freedom Fun Run course, they will be transported back to The Point, where hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Registration includes transportation from The Point to and from the Freedom Fun Run, event T-short and Challenge Medal, coupons/gifts from our sponsors, and hot chocolate and cookie after the event, back at The Point. Cost is $50, with a $5 Early Bird Discount available through Nov. 1. Register at this link.

Veterans beneficiaries for 2021 Freedom Fun Run

The Rotary Honors Veterans Freedom Fun Run is staged by the Westerville Rotary Foundation, a registered 501c3 charitable organization. A portion of funds raised will remain with the Foundation, to help fund our college scholarship program for Westerville high school graduates. The majority will be donated to local veterans’ organizations.

Our local veterans’ beneficiary groups for the 2021 Freedom Fun Run will be:

Our annual tribute to United States veterans is staged each year near Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11. Previous Rotary Honors Veterans events have been traditional 5K Run/Walks staged in the morning.

Please join us for this unique event to honor our Veterans just after the 2021 Veterans Day holiday!

The Rotary Club of Westerville

Founded in 1959, the Rotary Club of Westerville is a service club of business professionals and leaders working to improve our community and larger world. We are part of Rotary International. Find out more at WestervilleRotary.com. Contact the Club and learn how to join at westervillerotary.com/contact-form. Read more about the Rotary International organization at Rotary.org.

Interested in joining?

The Rotary Club of Westerville is accepting applications for new membership.

The best way to pursue membership is to contact an existing Club member, and attend one of our lunches or events as her or his guest. Members of the public also are welcome to attend our events on their own, to see what our service club is all about. If possible, please give notice of your intent to attend a luncheon or social by emailing WestervilleRotaryEvents@gmail.com.

We hope to see you soon!