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 Season Celebratory 5K
Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

Polar Park

100 Madison Street

Worcester, MA 01608


8:00 AM - Girls on the Run "Athletes' Village" (Happy Hair, Bling Your Bib, and MORE!)
9:00 AM - Girls on the Run 5K Start


Deadlines for Running Buddies Price
Early Bird (February 2nd - April 28th) $30
General Registration (April 29th - May 29th) $35
Day Of (Sunday, June 2nd) $40


Deadlines for Community Runners Price
Early Bird (February 2nd - April 28th) $45
General Registration (April 29th - May 29th) $55
Day Of (Sunday, June 2nd) $65

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

Let this information guide you for the big event! 

  • Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration.
  • Each participant registered during our Early Bird period will be guaranteed to receive a GOTR 5K t-shirt.
  • Every girl requires a Running Buddy for the event ($30 during our Early Bird registration period).  Running Buddies must pass a background check unless appointed by the family.

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Click below!

We are seeking volunteers for the following areas:

  • First Aid (Must have medical certification) (Ages 18+)
  • Greeters (Ages 14+)
  • Course Marshals (Ages 16+)
  • Merchandise Tent Set-up and sales (Ages 16+)
  • Sparkle Runner (Ages 16+)
  • Set-Up Crew (Ages 14+)
  • Happy Hair Station (Ages 14+)
  • Fancy Your Face Station (Face Painting Station) (Ages 14+)
  • Inspiration Stations (Bling Your Bib, Cheer, Gratitude) (Ages 14+)
  • GOTR Coach Check-in (Ages 18+)
  • Volunteer Check-in (Ages 18+)
  • Water Stop (Ages 18+)
  • Community Runner Check-in (Ages 18+)
  • Day of Registration station (Ages 18+)
  • Clean-Up Crew (Ages 14+)
  • Place me anywhere!
Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


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.

To ensure every participant crosses the finish line, we monitor the course and conduct head counts. Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident.

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 Running Buddy 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.  Running buddies must pass a background check unless appointed by the family. We encourage parents, grandparents, or older siblings to be Running Buddies! (Must be 16+)

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.

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.

Yes! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.  If you would like to purchase GOTR merchandise prior to the event or post-event, you can visit our online store.

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

For non-program participants, the price will increase three weeks out from the event.

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

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Not a coach or a Girls on the Run participant?  
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