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2022 Westward Ho! 5k Recap

We did it again!

Like last year, the Westward Ho! 5k & Fun Run raised $5,500 for Family Promise of Lawrence and another $1,000 towards FUMC Community Outreach events like the Fall Festival at First.


According to Family Promise, the $5,500 equates to almost 6 weeks of trauma-informed case management for more than 30 families facing a housing crisis.”  Thank you, sponsors, runners, and volunteers. YOU have made a difference in the lives of Lawrence families!

Join us again in 2023!

Get April 15, 2023 on your calendar for another shot at running the Westward Ho! 5K, the most interesting 5K in the area!

See the 2022 Westward Ho! 5K webpage below for more information.

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:

UPDATE on April 20: Lawrence and Douglas County are experiencing an increase in Covid-19 positive tests so we have adopted the following policy:  Wearing facemasks is not required but is recommended while 1) indoors, 2) assembled at the race starting line, and 3) in other situations where people are in close quarters.  Most activities will be outside and relatively high winds are predicted.

The Basics:


  • Westward Ho! 5K (live) – April 23, 2022, 10:00 am
  • Westward Ho! 1K Family/Youth Fun Run – Following the 5K, Appx. 10:45 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 13, $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 ribbons 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!

Packet Pickup:

Early pickup is 3:00-7:00 pm, April 22, Ad Astra Running, 734 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Race Day packet pickup on site, 8:00-10:00 am, April 23.


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!


Wagon Train Master

Trail Blazer


Supporters and Friends

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