2021 Video. Watch for update.

Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 am

5K is limited to 300 runners

Not your everyday 5K!

No Streets. No sidewalks. No traffic. Just pure running (or walking)!


The Cross-Country-Style 5K course takes in the historic Oregon-California Trail, the Wesley Nature Trail and mowed pathways with scenic vistas from one of the highest points in Douglas County. Easily accessed from Hwy 40, just west of K-10 on the West side of Lawrence on the FUMC West Campus grounds. 


The 1K Fun Run is especially family/youth-friendly on an improved surface – Wesley Nature Trail, and it’s Free!


Virtual options for both the 5K and 1K Fun Run (April 16-23)

What they said about last year:

Lot of fun and you guys did a great job! Very organized event. Will be back next year!  Pam S., Dwight KS
Such a fun course! My strava map looked like a plate of spaghetti!  Jackie W., Lawrence

This was a delightful race! The trail was great!  Claire P., Topeka


Family Promise of Lawrence will again be Westward Ho! primary beneficiary.  This is an especially crucial time for FPL as resources are critical for addressing the needs of families who are facing, experiencing, or stabilizing out of a situation of homelessness in the economic wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.  You can give added support to Family Promise with a donation in the registration process and by participating in their 5K Home Run on Memorial Day!

Covid-19 Precautions:

As in the past two years, we will take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators.
The event is held in a wide-open space and the 5K is limited to 300 runners.

The Basics:


  • Westward Ho! 5K (live) – April 23, 2022, 10:00 am
  • Westward Ho! 1K Family/Youth Fun Run – Following the 5K, Appx. 11:00 am
  • Virtual Westward Ho! 5K – April 16-23, anytime, any place

Registration Fees:

  • 5K, both Live and Virtual: $30 plus processing fee, $35 after April 12, $38 on race day.
  • 1K Fun Run: Free to all, but online registration is requested

SAVE BIG – Family/Group Discounts: For groups of 2, 3, 4, or more get $3, $4, or $5 off per person.  All must be in a single registration session.

What You Get:

  • T-shirts, participation medals, and a swag bag with other goodies
  • Medals for top three finishers by age-group and gender 
  • Overall medals for top three finishers by gender
  • Participation medals for 1K Fun Run, but T-shirts are extra.
  • Give more to Family Promise by opting for No T-Shirt when selecting shirt size at checkout!


Additional Links:

Westward Ho! 5K course map

Enjoy a great family outing anytime on the Wesley Nature Trail, an improved surface 1K trail (download).

5K course includes a section of the historic Oregon-California Trail listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Be sure to thank our sponsors!


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