Column: You can melt away with 5k


Commentary by Candice Hughes



I have known since I was 16 what I wanted to do with the rest of my life; and that was to provide people with memorable experiences. I wanted to create a moment that would have a lasting impact on someone’s life.

I found my true calling in event planning. I received my degree from IUPUI in Tourism, Convention and Events Management. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the opening team of the JW Marriot and be a part of national events like the Super Bowl. Serving as the special events coordinator for Westfield makes sense for me, because it allows me to create happy memories for our residents.

Westfield in Lights was my first big event working for the city of Westfield. I started only two months prior, so the impact I had on Westfield in Lights was smaller than I envision for the future, but I know in 2015 residents will notice big changes.

One event that I recently tackled is creating a fun 5K for Westfield called Melt the Trail. This 5K will be held at Grand Park on Valentine’s Day. The goal is to show residents how accessible our trail system is and to get families active during the winter months. Some people don’t realize our trail system throughout Westfield is monitored and plowed during the winter season. The race will eventually move into connected trails such as the Monon and Midland once construction is done.

I hope runners and walkers and everyone in between will sign up for Melt the Trail, get moving and fall in love with our trail system this Valentine’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to create memories with loved ones. I hope all of you reading this dress up and join us for this event!

If you would like to find out more information or register online go to

Candice Hughes is the special events coordinator for the Westfield Parks Dept. She may be reached at 804-3182 or


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