Third annual Westmonster 5k is Thursday

Westmont opens up its campus for a unique 5K race that winds through varying terrain Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6:15 p.m., beginning near the track and Thorrington Field.

Registration fees to the third annual Westmonster, which benefits Westmont College Athletics, are $35, $15 for students, $10 for children under 15 and free for children under 11. The fee includes a T-shirt and post-race meal provided by Eric Widmer of La Cumbre Country Club.

“It’s a really cool course with a lot of ups and downs, some challenging hills and varying terrain such as dirt, asphalt and grass, finishing with a lap on the track,” says Dave Odell, athletic director.

Another enjoyable feature is members of the soccer and volleyball teams, who are training on campus, line the course, giving directions and cheering on the runners.

“Two years ago the women’s soccer team surrounded the last-place runner and ran with her the final quarter mile,” Odell says. “The Thorrington Field area is such a beautiful place to hang out and enjoy the local running community, especially that time of evening.”

Registration is available online or in person beginning at 5 p.m. at the track the day of the race.

For more information, please contact Trisha Beaudin at or (805) 565-7164.