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Rudolph 5K Run/Walk hosted by Westerville Lions Club sponsored By Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sun December 9, 2018 Westerville, OH US 43082 Directions

Open 5K Run/Walk

2:00PM EST $25 price for 18 & under will apply at checkout. Registration ends December 9, 2018 at 2:00pm EST

The 2018 Westerville Lions Rudolph Run/Walk 5K is a family-encouraged 5K event which kicks off the Westerville Lions Children’s Christmas Parade that starts immediately after the last participant makes the halfway turn. 

Each year the proceeds from the Rudolph 5K Run/Walk cover most of the costs to produce the Westerville Lions Children's Christmas Parade.  In addition, any excess proceeds from the run and parade will equally benefit the following organizations:

  • Central Ohio Lions Eye Bank: This organization's mission is to work to restore, improve, and preserve sight by connecting eye donors, educating physicians and enhancing eye research through quality eye banking services which includes providing corneas for Corneal Transplants.

  • Ohio Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation: Formed for the charitable purpose of helping the indigent and financially distressed with costs arising from the care and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eyes and ears. A major project in progress is to purchase, equip and maintain a Mobile Eye Screening Unit for use by Ohio Lions to meet this mission goal.

In addition, this year’s run will include a contest between the local elementary schools.  A cash prize will be issued to the school Parent Organization with the overall best school times for those runners participating on behalf of their schools.

Lions: The World's Largest Service Club Organization

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.4+ million members make us the world's largest service club organization. We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities.

Westerville Lions Club

The Westerville Lions Club was founded in 1928 as the community’s first service club. It is comprised of local men and women who individually and jointly volunteer their time to provide service to the Westerville community.  All profits from any Lion event will go toward Lions charitable organizations that will fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness.  None of the donated amount or activity profits will go towards the benefits of our members.  Sight supported activities supported by our club include organizations that:

  • provide free professional glaucoma screenings and make corneal transplants possible each year

  • establish and support a majority of the world's eye banks, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide

  • collect millions of pairs of unwanted eyeglasses annually for free distribution to those in need in developing countries

  • offer screenings, eyeglasses and sports goggles to athletes through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program

  • provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print texts, white canes and guide dogs for thousands of people each year

In addition to the above, funds will be used for scholarships to senior students in need of financial aid at Westerville’s 3 high schools and other local worthy causes in the community.

Additional Race Information


The race begins promptly at 2:00 PM.  No late arrivals will be allowed to start on the course due to the need to start the Westerville Lions Children’s Parade at the scheduled time as agreed to with the City of Westerville.

Both events (Open 5K and Elementary School Challenge) are run together but listed separately here for ease of both registration and scoring for the Elementary School Challenge.

Event T-Shirt, Chipotle BOGO, Papa John's Pizza, Costco Snacks

Registration for this event includes a keepsake event t-shirt printed by Rising Moon Custom Apparel. You will enter your size during the registration process and receive your t-shirt when you pick up your packet either during the early packet pickup event or on race day.  All runners who register before November 26 will receive your entered size.  Participants registering after November 26 will receive a t-shirt but sizes given out will depend on availability.

In addition to the t-shirt, the first 200 registrants to pick up will receive a Buy-One-Get-One-Free card from ChipotleAfter the race refresh yourself with water and snacks courtesy of Costco, slices of Papa John's Pizza and other food and snacks.

Race start and finish location

The race begins and ends on State St (State Route 3) just south of County Line Rd near St. Paul Catholic Church. Type 61 Moss Rd (43082) into your favorite GPS or click here for a map.

Early packet pickup

Early packet pickup will be held at Columbus Running Company's Westerville location on Friday, December 7 from 10a-8p and Saturday, December 8 from 10a-6p.

Race day registration

Registration and race day check-in will be held near the start line in the HER Realtors building parking lot beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, water, snacks and other food will be offered.

After Race Drawing

Westerville Lions Club will hold a post-race drawing for all race participants for gift cards donated by local businesses for this event. The drawing will be held at the registration table in the HER Realtors building parking lot while participants are running, and everyone can check in at the registration table after they finish to see if they are a winner. We have gift cards for , Graeter's Ice Cream, Whit's Custard, First Watch, Asterisk Supper Club, Naturally Curious Kids, Cinda Lous, Meijers, ScramblersIHOP

Dress for the Season

Holiday races are always fun, and can be even more fun when participants are racing in costume. We encourage our participants to run or walk in the Rudolph Run 5K dressed in reindeer antlers, Santa costumes, elves, snowmen, etc. Let's show our holiday spirit!

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

61 Moss Rd
Westerville, OH US 43082
Elementary School Challenge

This year’s run will include a contest between the local elementary schools.  A cash prize based upon the number of schools competing will be issued to the school Parent Organization or a charity of the school's choosing for the school with the overall best combined times for their top ten student runners participating on behalf of their school.


  • Entry Fee is $25 per student, and all participating students in this Challenge program must register for the Elementary School Challenge 5K.
  • Schools must have at least 10 student runner participants in the Elementary School Challenge 5K to qualify
  • For those schools who have over 10 runners, only the top 10 times will be counted

Prizes will be awarded based upon the number of schools participating:

  • 2 to 3 schools         $100
  • 4 to 6 schools         $200
  • 7 to 9 schools         $300
  • 10 to 12 schools     $400
  • 13 or more schools $500

In addition to the above prize, Jump Splash Books will be donating autographed copies of their award-winning children's books, including the highly anticipated new release, Dr. Ulysses J. Picklebottom's Guide to Everyday Household Monsters (and How to Defeat Them). 

Route map

The run takes place entirely on State St in Westerville. The first half of the run is heading south, at the water station you'll turn around and head north back to the finish with the Westerville Lions Children’s Christmas Parade following!


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