April 17, 2021 Lawrence, KS 66049 US Directions
Group Discounts!
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.fumclawrence.org/WestwardHo!5K/.

Cross-country course at FUMC West Campus 867 US-HWY 40, Lawrence KS 66049
Lawrence, KS US 66049

See real-time Results

Click for Real Time 5K Results available as runners finish, from approximately 9:20 am April 17.


5K capped at  300!   

Family/Group Discounts at registration.

(Register together to get multi-person pricing.)

Drone Video of 5K Course (click to view)

Get Outa Your Rut and Run!

Join us for a unique 5K and 1K Fun Run experience.  The 5K takes in the historic Oregon-California Trail (National Register), a nature trail and mowed pathways with scenic vistas from one of the highest points in Douglas County. The 1K Fun Run is especially family/youth/pet friendly on an improved surface – Wesley Nature Trail. Both are easily accessed from Hwy 40, just west of K-10 on the West side of Lawrence on the FUMC West Campus grounds. For even more fun, join the Oregon Trail Relay (free to registrants).

Family Promise of Lawrence

Family Promise will again be the Westward Ho! primary beneficiary. This is an especially crucial time for Family Promise as they scramble for resources to address the needs of unsheltered as well as families at risk of becoming homeless in the economic wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Your registration certainly helps, but please consider an additional donation.

Covid-19 Precautions:

For the currently planned “live” event on April 17, we will take precautions to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers, and spectators.  5K registration is capped at 300 and a staggered start format will be deployed in order to maintain proper distancing. Masking required except while running/walking the course. All activities will be held outside. We will comply with all federal, state, and local government protocols in place at the time of the event.

We offer registrants a virtual event option (April 9-17), and flexibility for registrants of the live event and the virtual event.  Registrants may transfer their registration from one to the other through April 15 at no additional cost. Click on Switch Events for guidance if you choose to change after registration, or contact the Race Director.


REGISTER for the "live" 5K  OR   the "virtual" 5K

REGISTER for the Family 1K Fun Run (free, optional)

then join Virtual Oregon Trail Relay in Strava (free, optional)


Westward Ho! 5K & Fun Run (April 17, 9:00 am)
  • Run/Walk the 5K on our cross-country-style course.
  • Staggered start to maintain social distancing
  • Chip timing by Race Day Timing Solutions
  • Medals to top three by age/gender groups and top three overall
  • SWAG: Westward Ho! 5K t-shirt, participation medal and gift certificates/coupons.
  • Practice runs: Course will be marked and ready to run from April 9-17. Download the course map.
  • Eligible to join the Oregon Trail Relay team for no extra charge
Virtual Westward Ho! 5K & Fun Run (April 9-17)
  • Run/Walk a 5K, anywhere, anytime from April 9 to April 17, 2021.
  • Submit your 5K times online through RunSignup RESULTS button.
  • To qualify for place awards, participants must run on the Westward Ho! 5K cross-country-style course on FUMC West Campus. Download the course map. Course will be well-marked and ready to run from April 9 through April 17.
  • Course rules:  Practice proper social distancing etiquette while running.
  • Check in often to see the real-time leader-board where you post results.
  • SWAG: Westward Ho! 5K t-shirt, participation medal and gift certificates/coupons.
  • Eligible to join the Oregon Trail Relay team for no extra charge!
1K Family Fun Run (April 9-17, or after the 5K on April 17)
  • Enjoy a great family outing on the Wesley Nature Trail, an improved surface 1K trail (download) on FUMC West Campus.
  • Registration is FREE!
  • SWAG: commemorative Westward Ho! participation medal while the supply lasts, and gift certificates/coupons. T-shirts can be purchased during registration for the Fun Run.
  • Eligible to join the Oregon Trail Relay team!
Virtual Oregon Trail Relay (all of April)
  • Join the relay for FREE (to 1K and 5K registrants). 
  • You do not sign up for this Relay in RunSignUp. Download the free Strava app and join the Oregon Trail Relay Strava club. Click for detailed instructions.
  • Double your fun by applying all of your running/walking distances throughout April to our virtual Oregon Trail Relay.
  • Why an Oregon Trail Relay? Our 5K course has a section of the historic Oregon-California Trail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Runners’ cumulative miles will be compiled and progress across the 2080-mile Oregon trail will be plotted throughout the month of April. How cool is that! Run a leg of an Oregon Trail Relay on part of the Oregon Trail!
Guaranteed T-shirt size through March 31

We'll order extra t-shirts and fit you as best we can if you register after March 31, 2021.


Westward Ho! 5K & Fun Run - Saturday April 17, 2021

  • 7:00-8:30 am        On-site registration
  • 9:00 am               5K staggered start
  • 10:15 am             1K Fun Run staggered start following the 5K
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.

Watch for updates by email or posts on our web pages.
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