In the winter of 2013, two Cherry Road School Teachers and two Cherry Road Residents joined forces to create the “Paint Westvale Purple” 5K. It was originally a team fundraiser for the Solvay-Geddes-Westvale Relay for Life that would be happening in June that year. The name “Paint Westvale Purple” reflected the close involvement with the American Cancer Society and their notable “Paint the Town Purple” events.
The first PWP was organized in about three months by those four people who had entered and run races before, but never dreamed of organizing one of their own. With the crucial help of the Westhill Central School District Board and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, we hosted a 200+ person 5K Run/Walk at Cherry Road School in Westvale, NY. We somehow covered our expenses and donated a few thousand dollars to Relay for Life.
PWP continues to grow and adapt, with the 2019 event adding a 1 mile color run and having over 500 combined finishers of our three races. The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 but thanks to our sponsors and individual donations we were still able to donate $5,000 to six local organizations. (The Westhill Holiday Sharing Program organized by the school social worker team, The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter, The Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter, The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Autism Speaks, and The Ronald McDonald House Charities Central New York.)
Funds distributed through PWP since its inception total over $72,000! (For all of our past donation details go to our Charitable Giving page.)
PWP is organized by the Westvale Road Runners Club, which operates with a several person Volunteer Board and many additional volunteers.