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

Spring 2023 5k
Sunday, May 21, 2023

Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Beach, VA


Fairgrounds open at 7:30am. 5k start time is 9:00am.


Registration Type Price
Early Bird (Online) $35
General (Online) $45

NOTE: Program participants and coaches have already been registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register.

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is a success. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Get in touch with our volunteer coordinator at emily@gotrhr.org or (757) 378-6452.

5K volunteer roles include:

  • Cheer stations
  • Course marshals
  • Water stop
  • Finish line food and medals
  • Packet pick-up
  • And more!


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 5K bib (included with 5K registration). Our council ensures every GOTR/H&S girl has a 5K buddy to safely guide her along the course. Course marshals are stationed on the 5K course and are trained to respond to any emergencies.

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. Designated parking spots are available.

A 5K Buddy is a family member or family-approved individual who is designated to complete the 5K with a GOTR or H&S girl. 5K Buddies must be at least 16 years old and are meant to motivate their girl and ensure she crosses the finish line safely.

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

Absolutely! Every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal. A 5K t-shirt and souvenir bib are included with registration.

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

A virtual 5K is still a 3.1-mile event, but is completed at a time and location of your choosing. That could be in your neighborhood, at a nearby park, on a trail, or even on a treadmill!

We highly encourage 5K Buddies, even for the virtual 5K.

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Yes! We will have lots of exclusive GOTR swag available for purchase, so make sure to stop by the merchandise tent on our fairgrounds.

Yes! Our fairgrounds includes many fun activities such as face painting, bounce houses, vendors, food trucks, and lawn games.

Yes. See the "5K Event Details" box at the top of the page to see our pricing calendar.

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