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  • Friday, November 12th
  • 7:00pm


  • The Point at Otterbein
  • 60 Collegeview Rd, Westerville, OH

The Rotary Club of Westerville, in the 11th year of its November event to honor our Veterans, will stage the 2021 Rotary Honors Veterans Freedom Fun Run on 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 our annual salute to our United States Veterans.

Participation 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, 3311 South Old State Road, Delaware, Ohio.

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. Participants will gather indoors at The Point, where they will hear about our event and local military group beneficiaries, then be transported by bus to the Fantasy of Lights for the Freedom Fun Run.

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

Early bird discount of $5 through nov. 1st, 2021 use promo code: Early Bird Discount

Our local veterans beneficiary groups for the Freedom fun run will be:

-Young-Budd Post 171 of the American Legion
-Ellis E. Woodrow Memorial Post 7883 the Veterans of Foreign Wars
-USO of Central and Southern Ohio

Our annual tribute to United States veterans is staged each year near Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11.

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