Who was Will?

   William Joseph Howard was a regular teenager who, like many others, loved sports, the outdoors, his friends, and his family. He was a very caring boy who always strived to do the right thing.

   Everyone was Will's friend.

   He was kind, and respectful to all. He would go out of his way to assist others. Will also looked up to hard-working people as role-models, and had an entrepreneur attitude himself. He always saved his money for important things that would have clear benefits to him, or those surrounding him.

   Will was hilarious.

   He always took the initiative to make others happy. Will had a zest for life, and demonstrated that leadership comes from everyday words and actions. Will's life tragically ended on May 2, 2009 in a bicycle accident just six days shy of his 14th birthday.

   He would have attended Plainfield High School in the autumn of 2009. In his memory, his friends and family have created a scholarship to honor the life of William Joseph Howard.

   This $1,000 scholarship is open to any Plainfield High School college-bound senior who deomonstrates similar endearing qualities. Since the inception of the Will's Way Scholarship we are proud to have awarded $4500.00 in scholarships.

2013 NEWS--- 5k for this year's 5k!!!

   This year to honor Will's graduating class, we are giving two $2,500 scholarship awards to one male and one female!

What is Will's Way 5k?

   In 2010, the event: "Will's Way 5k" was set up with the initiative of funding a scholarship program in the name of William Joseph Howard in the form of a 5k run and walk. During the spring of 2010, his friends and family met countless times discussing and planning the event. With hard work and determination, they accomplished their goals and the first annual Will's Way 5k proved profitable and enjoyable for all- a feat achieved only through the tenacious efforts and "will" of it's many volunteers.

   The name, Will's Way, represents the truly unique characteristics that made William who he was.

   There was definitely a "Will's way".

Race Details

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time: Registration – 7:30 a.m.

   5k Race – 9:00 a.m.

   5k Walk-A-Thon – 9:15 a.m.

Location: Plainfield Town Hall, 8 Community Ave., Plainfield, CT


Race route:

   It begins at the Town Hall, veering onto Payson Street until the intersection of Route 12. Follow Route 12 North to Cemetery Road to Canterbury Road (Route 14A East). Follow 14A East to Babcock Avenue. Babcock merges into Community Avenue and finishes at the Plainfield Town Hall.

Check out the route here.

Race extras

Post-race food

Free t-shirt for the first 150 registered people (walkers or runners)

Post-race award ceremonies

5K walk-a-thon

Preschool Kid's Fun Run

Online Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

How many miles is a 5k?

5 kilometers is equivalent to 3.1 miles.

I won't be able to attend the 5k but would still like to donate. How can I do so?

Please make a check out to "Will's Way 5k" and send it to:

    Will's Way 5k

    PO Box 181

    Plainfield, CT 06374

Can I bring my dog?

We ask you to please leave your pets at home.

Where can I view Will's Way race results?

You can view 2014 results here.

You can view 2013 results here.

(Courtesy of SNERRO, LLC

You can view 2012 results here.

You can view 2011 results here.

(Courtesy of Fast Track Timing, LLC.)

You can view 2010 results here.

(Courtesy of


If you have a question that hasn't been answered here or elsewhere on this site, please feel free to email:

Chris Messier, Race Director