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 Events
November 23 - 24 *Tentative

Saturday, November 23 - Location TBD

Sunday, November 24 - Location TBD


Saturday, November 23 - Time TBD

Sunday, November 24 - Time TBD


Prices and deadlines coming soon!

NOTE: Program participants are automatically registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register.

What is a Buddy Runner? A Buddy Runner is an individual who completes the GOTR 5K with a program participant to ensure their safety and provide encouragement during the event.

Buddy Swap

  • In the event that a previously registered Buddy Runner can no longer participate in the 5K event and a new Buddy Runner has been secured for the participant, please email Ashleigh Conrad, aconrad@gotrnova.org, to complete a Buddy Runner Swap.

5K Team Assignments - Coming soon!

Color Corral Assignments - Coming soon!

Course Maps - Coming soon!

5K Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Coming soon!

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

  • Packet Pick-Up - Help distribute 5K bibs and t-shirts the morning of the 5K
  • Registration - Help 5K participants register the morning of the 5K
  • Start/Finish Line - Pass out medals, water, and snacks as participants cross the finish line
  • Water Station - Pass out water at the water stop on the 5K course
  • Road Runner - Complete the 5K with a program participant, providing support and encouragement along the way
  • Course Marshals (16+) - Provide support and encourage safety along the 5K course
  • Cheer Marshals (16+) - Provide support and crowd control near the finish line of the 5K course
  • Corral Marshals - Help ensure participants remain in the corral, move up to the starting line, and start on time
  • Activity Station Helpers - Celebrate with GOTR participants before and after they complete their 5K with fun activities such as getting glam with Happy Hair and making shoe charm crafts
  • Bike Marshal (18+) - Bike along the 5K course, leading the running pack along the course route
  • Medical Tent Volunteer - Assist with documenting injuries and ensuring health/safety of participants alongside EMT professionals - medical knowledge/background not required, but helpful!
  • Team Packing (before the 5K) - Help pack team bags with bibs and t-shirts at our office before the 5K.

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

The 5K volunteer sign-up will be available closer to the 5K celebrations in November.


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. Many participants 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!

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.

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

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event, but must register.

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Event will happen rain or shine! Parents/guardians must either call the Engagement Manager, Ashleigh Conrad, at the office (703-273-3153), or submit a request in writing via email to request a 5K refund by September 27. After this date refund requests will be granted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Engagement Manager. Please email your request to aconrad@gotrnova.org.

Yes! You may bring a stroller onto either of the 5K courses. Please answer "yes" that you will be bringing a stroller when you register yourself for the 5K. 

For safety precautions, we ask that all individuals with strollers start in the last corral (Green 5).

Both 5Ks are non-competitive and untimed events. If you would like to know how long it takes you to complete the 5K, please bring your own instrument to record your time. 

You must register for the 5K before our t-shirt deadline to request a 5K t-shirt. The 5K t-shirt deadline will be announced soon.

Information about 5K packet pick-up will be available soon.

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