Walk or run at your own pace with the Great Warrior 5K! WSU Health Advocates are teaming up with Great Warrior Hibernation for our annual 5K. This event will take place from April 9th–16th follow along on social media for more event updates and details. 

If you’re anything like me–where you spent the last year watching literally every show there is on Netflix–this is a great way to get up and get active to start working off some of that post-quarantine weight. There’s no shame in walking and no fear of coming in last place because I can go at my own pace. Now, how do I run a virtual 5K? Let me tell you how: 

How do you participate in a virtual 5K? 

Unlike a regular 5K where everyone shows up at the starting line and you run as a herd towards the finish – you now have the ability to walk or run at your own pace. Here’s what you do: 

Sign-Up for what level you want to participate in

We are offering various levels of participation in this 5K event. 

Level 1
Register for FREE and share your 5K with us on social media using the hashtag #GreatWarrior5K and tag @WSUHealth for a chance to be featured on our social media! 

Level 2
Register for $20 to receive a tshirt along with a swag bag of prizes and your time will be counted towards the grand prize. 

Download an app on your smartphone to track your distance and pace.

There’s tons of apps to download that can help track your distance and pace, as well as your route! Download one of these apps to help keep track of your time.

Plan out your 5K

With a virtual 5K you can walk 1K a day or run all five at once!  

There are several walking trails around Winona, such as around Lake Winona, Levee Park or even consider taking a walk across the bridge over the Mississippi River.  

Share your 5K on Social Media

 Share with us on social media how your Great Warrior 5K went by using the hashtag #GreatWarrior5K and tagging @WSUHealth for a chance to be featured on our social media! 

Submit Your 5K

Take a photo of your completed 5K route, time and distance and fill out the form by SUNDAY at midnight on April 18th.

Winners will be announced on social media April 19th. You will also be contacted via email to notify you that you have won along with instructions on how to pick up your prizes. 

Submit Your 5K

Take a screenshot of your 5K route and fill out the form with your time and pace. 


The grand prize will be a $50 Amazon gift card for the fastest time in both running and walking categories. 

Winners will be announced on April 19th on our social media pages, and you will be notified via email with more details about receiving your prizes. 


Q: Do I have to run? Or can I walk, hike or bike? 

No, you do not have to run if you don’t want to. We are counting submission times separately for walking and running, which will be noted on the submission form.  

We are not allowing biking at this time however, depending on the success of this event we may offer that option in the future. If you want biking to be included next year–note it in the comments section when you submit your time. 


Q: Is this event free? 

Yes! We are offering various levels depending on how you want to participate in this virtual 5K. Run along with us for FREE and share your 5K on social media with the hashtag #GreatWarrior5K and tag @WSUHealth for a chance to be featured on our social media. 


Q: What if I am living out of town or I am unable to pick up my prize in person? 

We can mail you your prizes if you would prefer or are unable to. Please email us your mailing address once you have been notified that you are receiving prizes. 

Please note if you opt for a mailing option you may be receiving different prizes as advertised due to shipping costs but you will still receive the same quantity 

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson graduated in 2020 with a degree in Art: I-Design. As a student, she worked with the University Marketing & Communications team as a writer and photographer. She was hired after graduation to support public health communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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