Walk or run at your own pace with the Warrior Dash Virtual 5K! WSU Health Advocates are teaming up with the Gym Buddy Program for our annual 5K. This event will take place from August 23rd–28th follow along on social media for more event updates and details. 

If you’re anything like me–where you spent the last year binge watching every show there is on Netflix–this is a great way to start the semester on a healthy and active note. 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 the Warrior Dash

Sign-up to participate in the Warrior Dash to indicate it you are walking or running in this race.

Warrior Dash costs $20 to enter, which you will receive a 5K t-shirt after completing your race. You can pay online or drop off cash at the WELL located under the stairs in the IWC.

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 Warrior Dash Virtual 5K went by using the hashtag #WarriorDash 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 to fill out the form by SUNDAY at midnight on August 29th.

Winners will be announced on social media August 30th. You will also be contacted via email to notify you that you have won along with instructions on how to pick up your prizes. 


Everyone will receive a Warrior Dash T-Shirt for participating in the 5K, regardless of how you place.

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 August 30th on our social media pages, and you will be notified via email with more details about receiving your prizes. 


Sign-up for the Warrior Dash by filling out the form below.


Venmo us $20 with “Warrior Dash” as the comment or drop off cash in the WELL.

Submit Your 5K

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

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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.