Virtual 5K & Fun Run June 13-28


Thank you, Westward Ho! 5K Sponsors and 185 registrants, for raising $3500 for Family Promise of Lawrence! The funds will support Family Promise as they help more than 200 people in more than 65 families obtain permanent shelter – something especially important during these COVID-19 times.

The Virtual Westward Ho! 5K & Fun Run, which ended June 28, was a huge success, not only in raising money for Family Promise – we had fun! This despite the event being first postponed (from April 4-June 27) and then taken virtual. Runners/walkers could do their 5K at any location, but most ran theirs on the West Campus cross-country-style 5K course taking in the Wesley Nature Trail and a portion of the historic Oregon Trail.

There were lots of great times posted in all age divisions (see MEDALISTS and OVERALL RESULTS ).
The one hundred seventy-two 5K runners and thirteen 1K Fun Run participants ranged in age from 7 to 80, and location from Florida to Alaska, but mostly from Lawrence, of course (seven states: KS, MO, FL, AK, MA, TN, NY).

Thank you also to the thirty+ volunteers and First Church staff that collaborated to make this Virtual race a Reality!

Please check out our sponsors (bottom of this web page) and give them a shout out!

RUNNING THE 5K for Family Promise

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Need to register? There is still time!

Because of the restrictions on group events due to COVID-19, this year’s Westward Ho! 5K & Family Fun Run has transitioned to VIRTUAL (after having already postponed the live event from April 4 to June 27). A hundred+ early registrants were looking forward to the unique cross-country-style run on the Oregon Trail and the Wesley Nature Trail. GOOD NEWS: Both early and new registrants can still have that experience! PLUS, we have added the Virtual Oregon Trail Relay to make it even more fun. All in support of Family Promise of Lawrence!

The COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd shined a beacon on inequities in our society, the very injustices that Family Promise of Lawrence is addressing with their impactful programs for 50 families and 130 children. THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUT!

Get outside and have some fun on our trails in a park-like setting of the FUMC West Campus. Why not do all three?
     1.   Virtual 5K: Registration required ($25) – run/walked anywhere between June 13-28.
           Run our 5K (3.1 mi) course to complete for age-group awards.
     2.   Family 1K Fun Run: Registration recommended (Free)  – Walk our 1K Wesley Nature Trail 
     3.   Virtual Oregon Trail Relay: Join our Strava club (Free) – Add your June exercise miles as legs in a virtual relay to Oregon!


5K Course open June 13-28

Run/Walk and Post your time Made EASY:

     1.  Run/walk a 5K (June 13-28) anywhere, recording your time.
     2.  Post your 5K time online (after June 13) at Post Virtual Results
     3.  To Qualify for Age-Group Awards, Run on the Westward Ho! cross-country-style 5K course.
     4.  Run the 5K course more than once and get a better time? Post your new results – the last posted will count towards Awards.
     5.  Problems/questions? Contact mkdubois3353@gmail.com. Please put “5K Question” in the subject line.

  Download the 5K Course Map.  The course will be very well marked beginning June 13.

For determining awards, we will verify that top age-group times were recorded on the designated course. We thank our out-of-towners and others unable to run the course for their interest and support of Family Promise.

Packet Pick Up on JUNE 20

Three options for getting your Westward Ho! SWAG bag. Help us save shipping costs, leaving more for Family Promise.

     1.  Saturday June 20, 6:30 am-10:00 am. Modified drive-by pick-up at FUMC West Campus, 867 W Hwy 40, Lawrence, KS 66044.
          Why not pick it up before or after you run your 5K on the cross-country-style course?

     2.  After June 20, we’ll make contact and see what other arrangements can be made to get you your packet.

     3.  We’ll ship the rest, especially for the out-of-towners.

SWAG for the 5K includes T-shirt, cowbells (first 80 registrants), Westward Ho! medals, and coupons from Ad Astra Running and J&S coffee.

SWAG for the 1K includes Westward Ho! medals, and coupons from Ad Astra Running and J&S coffee.


The 5K course takes in the historic Oregon-California Trail, Wesley Nature Trail, and mowed pathways with scenic vistas from one of the highest points in Douglas County. 

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Westward Ho! benefits Family Promise of Lawrence, helping families who are experiencing homelessness through case management and connections with local supports. Family Promise has expanded services to help families through prevention, crisis, and stabilization. You can give added support to Family Promise by running in their 5K HOME RUN!

Thanks to our Sponsors!

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