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5k fundraiser held to benefit Stanley Park in Westfield

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WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Throughout the year, walks and runs are held at Stanley Park to benefit various charities and causes.

On Sunday, a run was held to benefit Stanley Park as more than 400 runners and walkers tackled the 5,000-meter course.

The money raised through the event will go towards rebuilding two trail bridges in the park that were damaged and washed away in recent storms.

The organizer of Sunday's event told CBS 3 that it's good to give back to a park that gives to so many.

"This is a place that is a home cross country course to Westfield High School, St. Mary's High School and Westfield State University," said Vanessa Diana, a professor at Westfield State.  "This is like runner heaven back here. A lot of folks wanted to see the accessibility and safety of the trails improved and get those bridges repaired."

Organizers were not exactly sure on the total amount raised Sunday, but they hope to make the run an annual event.

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