The Westerville Lions Rudolph Run/Walk 5K is a family-encouraged 5K event which typically kicks off the Westerville Lions Children’s Christmas Parade in early December. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 5K Run/Walk is going virtual! The parade itself has been cancelled with plans to resume in December of 2021. With this year’s race moving to a virtual capacity, there will be no Elementary School Challenge this year.

The Rudolph 5K Run/Walk will generate funds to benefit Westerville area organizations including:

  • Westerville Caring & Sharing: This is a community-centered organization that reaches out to Westerville City School District students/families who are in need, especially around back-to-school and holiday time.
  • Westerville Public Library: Providing interpreters for hearing impaired kids during their story and music time events.
  • Scholarships: Funds will be used for scholarships to senior students in need of financial aid at Westerville’s 3 high schools

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We have a select number of keepsake knitted caps printed by Rising Moon Custom Apparel that will be included in race bags with a few lucky randomly-selected registrants. Additionally, all participants will receive a pair of Christmas socks, as well as a pair of gloves with finger-tabs that allow you to text. Race bags will also include local restaurant coupons and other handouts.


Early Packet Pickup

You can pick up your race swag at Columbus Running Company’s Westerville location (50 N State St 43081) on Friday, December 4 (10a-8p) or Saturday, December 5 (10a-6p). You can also select to have your materials shipped directly to your door. Shipping will take place on Monday, December 7.


Dress for the Season

Holiday races are always fun, and can be even more fun when participants are racing in costume. While we can’t come together for a physical race this year, we encourage our participants to run or walk their own virtual race wherever they would like, dressed in reindeer antlers, Santa costumes, elves, snowmen, etc. The Westerville Lions have developed three 5K historical routes that will be posted here and on the Lions website at when they’re ready for publication. Please tag us with photos on our Facebook page. Have fun and let’s show our holiday spirit!



Starts On

December 6, 2020

Ends On

December 13, 2020



Event Categories

Community Event, Holiday, Race Event, Virtual Event


Uptown Westerville

1 N. State St.
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