5K Celebration

Confidence through

Each season comes to an end with a celebratory 5K. This closing event gives program participants of all abilities a tangible sense of accomplishment. Crossing the finish line instills confidence through completion and is a joyful moment program participants always remember! Everyone in our program receives a commemorative medal to celebrate this incredible achievement.

5K Celebration

Confidence through

5K Event Details

Fall Season Celebratory 5K
November 16, 2024

Festival and Parking Plaza (Upper Muny Parking Lot)

Forest Park

St. Louis, MO


Start Time is 8:30 AM. 


Registration Type Price

September 4 - October 31

November 1 - 15 $35
November 16: Day-of registration $40

*NOTE: All program participants and coaches are already registered for the program and DO NOT need to register for the 5K. We cannot issue refunds for duplicate registrations. 

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. We have a variety of roles available on race day. Find out more about each volunteer role in the section below, and use the button below to register! 

If you are interested in volunteering with a group, please email liz@gotrstl.org 

Volunteer registration will open in September! Complete the form below to be contacted when registration opens!

We need volunteers for the following activities to ensure our event is a success! 

  • Course Marshal (Start time: 7:30am) - Help our 5k participants stay on track as a Course Marshal. You’ll be stationed throughout the 5k course and be responsible for directing participants! 

  • Finish Line (Start time: 7:00am) - Congratulate and celebrate GOTR girls and other 5k participants on their HUGE accomplishment by handing out the finisher packet at the Finish Line! 

  • Happy Hair (Start time: 7:00am) - Help girls add color to their race with colorful (and washable) hairspray!

  • Information (Start time: 7:00am) - At the information tent, you’ll assist with any and every race day question, helping girls find their schools in school village, providing directions, assisting with lost and found, and more! 

  • Packet Pick-up (Shift start times: 9:45am, 12:45pm, 3:45pm) - We have multiple opportunities to volunteer on the Friday prior to race day at Packet Pick-up! Shifts begin at 9:45am, 12:45pm, and 3:45pm and last for 2-3 hours. Locations are the Big River Running stores in West County, South City, University City.

  • Race Village and School Village Set Up (5:30am-7:30am) - Help us set up during the early hours of race day! We’ll be setting up sponsor booths, school signs, tents, tables and more. 

  • Recycling Team (Start time: 8:00am) - With our partners at St. Louis Earth Day, help us clean up and stay green after the race.  

  • Registration & Results (Start time: 7:00am) - Help 5k participants with their registration.  

  • Finale Crew (Start time: 10:00am) - Assist with the teardown of race day festivities and loading race materials onto the truck. Perfect if you want to run the race AND volunteer. 

  • T-shirt Distribution (Start time: 6:00am) - Hand out t-shirts to volunteers and runners.  

  • Volunteer Check-In (6:00am-10:30am) - Help us check-in volunteers and direct them to their correct stations as they arrive.  

  • Water Station (Start time: 7:30am) - Hand out water to 5k participants as they make their way through the course.  

*Please note that these times are tentative and may change

Note: All volunteers appointed through our council will undergo a background check. 


5K Volunteer handing out water at the finish line


The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

As a reminder, this is a fun, celebratory event for our participants and not a competitive race. While our fastest 5K participants will complete the course in 25 minutes, most cross the finish line in 30-50 minutes. Everyone who participates is encouraged to walk, roll, push, run or skip at their happy pace!

First, we understand that life happens, and circumstance might make it impossible to attend.


We strongly encourage that all participants attend and complete the 5K, as it is the goal that teams are preparing for all season long! It’s the ultimate opportunity to build confidence through accomplishment. Remember, this is the first 5K event for many – including coaches, participants, friends and family members. We are in it together!

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a race bib (provided by the council). Our council ensures every participant has a running buddy, and only critical 5K volunteers have access to confidential information.

Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident. All participants and volunteers will be added to our emergency alert text message system, which will be used in the event of an emergency or delay in start time due to weather. 

In the case of inclement weather, we may delay start time or cancel the race. Participants will be notified via text message, email, and updates on our website and social media channels. The 5K cannot be refunded or rescheduled. 

Yes. Girls on the Run 5K events are for everyone! All participants can walk, run, push or roll safely and at their own happy pace. We will designate space at the front of the 5K line up for participants in wheelchairs to start in front. 

A Running Buddy is an individual designated by the parent/guardian to complete the 5K alongside a program participant during the 5K event, for the entire duration of the course. 

Yes! This is encouraged! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. 

Absolutely! Every registered 5K participant will receive a GOTR visor, medal, and finish line snacks. 

All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt. 

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event. All 5K participants must be registered to participate. 
**Please note that ALL program participants and coaches are already registered for the 5K - we can transfer a registration but cannot issue refunds for duplicate registrations. 

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers, so you cannot be on the course without an official 5K registration. 

Yes! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be music and dancing, happy hair stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

We will have one start time at 8:30 AM. To keep the course less crowded, teams and community runners will cross the starting line on a staggered release. There will be volunteers instructing runners when they will begin crossing the start line. The course is chip timed so your time doesn't start until you cross the starting mat and doesn't end until you cross the finish line mat.

No. For the safety of all participants, we do not allow dogs or strollers on the 5k course. Please leave all furry friends at home, as dogs are not allowed in Race or School Village before or during the race. 

We encourage you to make a plan with your child to meet back at their School sign in School Village after they complete the 5K. No one will be allowed to enter the Finish line area without a bib, and participants cannot stop or wait in the finish line area. 

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