What it’s all about!

We raised $5500 for Family Promise of Lawrence to help fund all of the good things they do to support Lawrence families experiencing or at risk of being without housing. Many thanks to all of the participants, sponsors, and volunteers that made this happen!

Vickie Otten, James Otten Dentistry, presents the $5500 check to Kristin Montgomery and Dana Ortiz from Family Promise.

Behind Vickie (left-to-right) are Dr. Eric Boening, Dr. James Otten, FUMC Pastor Kay Scarbrough, and Marty Dubois.

Race Day was Superb

Despite being a bit chilly, most of the registered runners showed up and had a good time. First-year participants commented “We loved the race, beautiful course,” and “What a fun event! Thank you FUMC and all the wonderful volunteers.”  And we raised considerable money for Family Promise of Lawrence. We’ll announce the totals after the dust settles a bit.


THANK YOU, PARTICIPANTS!  We registered 256 this year, in all categories, including 30 in the free 1K Fun Run. That’s a 40% increase above last year’s inaugural event! 


RESULTS:  Some very fast times were recorded this year, including a new Women’s Course Record by Hannah Nuest (19:47). William Parker edged her out for overall First at 19:46.  See all of the results on RunSignUp RESULTS or Athlinks RESULTS.

Get Outta Your Rut and Run! -April 17, 2021

In a most unusual 5K and 1K Fun Run.

The Cross-Country-Style 5K course takes in the historic Oregon-California Trail and mowed pathways with scenic vistas from one of the highest points in Douglas County. The 1K Fun Run is especially family/youth-friendly on an improved surface – Wesley Nature Trail. Easily accessed from Hwy 40, just west of K-10 on the West side of Lawrence on the FUMC West Campus grounds.  Also available – Virtual 5K (April 9-17)


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!

What they said about last year:

Wonderful experience of a real race course. And what an enjoyable course!
Mike K., Lawrence

Enjoyed the course so much I took my 5-year-old grandson and 6-year-old granddaughter out to run the course.
Theresa W., Lawrence

Covid-19 Precautions:

To ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators, we will take all appropriate precautions, including requiring face coverings except when running/walking the course, and registration will be capped at 300. Activities will be held outside and a staggered start format will be deployed in order to maintain proper social distancing. We will comply with all federal, state, and local government protocols in place at the time of the event.


Westward Ho! 5K & Fun Run (live event)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

7:00-8:30 am        On-site registration

9:00 am               5K staggered start

10:30 am             1K Fun Run staggered start

Virtual Westward Ho! 5K & Fun Run

April 9 – April 17, 2021

Run/walk your 5K anywhere and submit results online

Oregon Trail Relay (virtual relay)

April 1 -April 30, 2021

Join the Oregon Trail Relay Strava Club and make all of your April training miles count!

Packet Pickup:

Early packet pickup 4:00-7:00 pm, April 16, Ad Astra Running, 734 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044. includes Virtual Race option. Race Day packet pickup is at the race, 7:00-8:30 am, April 17.

THREE OPTIONS for the price of one!

Spring has sprung! 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.  Westward Ho! 5K (live) or Virtual Westward Ho! 5K: $30 plus processing fee ($35 after March 30, $38 on race day)
     SAVE BIG -Family/Group rates for two or more.
  2. 1K Fun Run: FREE, but please do register
  3. Oregon Trail Relay (virtual): FREE for 5K registrants

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.

Postponement or Cancelation:

The live event on April 17 will be held rain or shine. The decision to postpone or cancel the live event on April 17 due to dangerous weather conditions or Covid-19 is at the sole discretion of the Race Director. If the live event cannot be held as scheduled, all participants will be automatically transferred to the Virtual race, dates to be determined.

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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