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2017 Girls on the Run 5k Event

2017 Girls on the Run 5k Event



Time: 9:00 am
Venue: University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Event Itinerary

The 2017 Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan 5k Event, presented by Gamma Phi Beta, is Sunday, May 21st at 9:00 a.m.!  

The Girls on the Run 5K is the culmination and celebration of the ten-week Girls on the Run after school program.  It is a non-competitive (untimed) 5k, and all are invited to run, walk and SOAR to the finish!

Online registration for the 5k Event is open!
Girls and coaches who are registered for the 2017 Girls on the Run season are automatically registered for the 5k event!

Click here for a quick 5k Event reference sheet with community participant registration and packet pick up details, driving directions, maps* and event day details for 2017 program participants! *See below for updated 5k Course map.

View NEW Course Map here, updated 5/16/17 due to construction on Baxter Road.

Event Day: Sunday, May 21st, 2017

University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.  5k start, finish and team meet up area are all near the intersection of Hubbard and Hayward streets (map)

7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Packet pick up for pre-registered community participants (GOTR teams receive packets from their coaches at team meet-up.)  There will be no event-day registration.

7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Celebration Expo activities in Lot NC53 (map)

8:15 a.m.  Girls on the Run participants meet their coaches at their team signs in Lot NC53 to receive their packets and warm up and stretch

8:45 a.m. Road closures take effect: All roads on the 5k course, including Hubbard and Hayward, will be completely closed to vehicle traffic at this time.  Roads of the 5k course will remain closed to all vehicle traffic until the Department of Public Safety re-open them, either when the last participant has cleared that part of the course or at 10:45 am.  At that time, WonderGirls will begin leading each of the waves to the start line!

9:00 a.m.  Non-competitive 5k event begins! 

9:00 a.m. Pink Wave

9:04 a.m. Green Wave

9:08 a.m. Blue Wave

9:12 a.m. Yellow Wave

9:16 a.m. Purple Wave

5k Wave Start

There are five start waves (groups) that will have staggered start times, every four minutes starting at 9:00 a.m.  Each wave will have its own announcement and horn to begin the 5k.  Our Heart & Sole and Girls on the Run sites have all been assigned a wave color, and the girls' and coaches' bibs will have a sticker with the color of their wave.  Find your site's wave color assignment here!  Registered community participants are welcome to join any of the five waves!

Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick Up and Late Registration will be available at three locations the week before the 5k for community participants**! 

**Girls and coaches participating in the 2017 Girls on the Run program will receive their packets as a team at the event, not at these Packet Pick Up events.

Splash Universe, 100 Whitetail Drive, Dundee, MI 48131 (map)

  • Wednesday, May 17th  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Runnin' Gear - Brighton, 9937 East Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI 48116 (map)

  • Thursday, May 18th  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Ann Arbor Running Company, 2755 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (map)

  • Friday, May 19th   4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20th  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registered participants will also be able to pick up their packets at the event beginning at 7:00 a.m.  In accordance to the "no solicitation" policy of the University of Michigan, there will be no event-day late registration or merchandise sales at the 5k event.

There will be no event-day late registration or merchandise sales at the 5k event.

Course Information

The NEW 2017 5k route (revised 5/16/17 due to construction on Baxter Road) begins on Hubbard Road, just north of the entrance to our Team Meet Up Area (Lot NC53), and runs along the tree-lined Hubbard Road to a big downhill on Baits Drive, turning around before reaching the U-M Music School.  It then heads across Duffield, then turns right to go down Murfin, to Bonisteel.  Turning left on Bonisteel, participants go out and back along the boulevard, running on the south lanes before turning back to run west on the north lanes, returning to Murfin.  As the go up the hill on Murfin, participants will receive cheers from the participants running down in the southbound lane. One last turn right onto Hayward, another nicely tree-lined street to finish on Hayward,  just before the intersection with Hubbard. The post-event refreshment tent, Team Meet-Up Area and Celebration Expo are all located in Lot NC53 at this intersection. All roads on the course will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., monitored and enforced by University of Michigan Public Safety.  It is a spectator-friendly course, with sidewalks along Hayward, Hubbard and Murfin for your viewing ease.

Weather/Emergency Policy

Severe Weather Plan

If it is at all possible (even in the rain or cold!) we will continue to have the event.  If the weather is too severe (tornado warning or active lightning in the area) and it is not safe for participants to run, the event cancellation will be announced at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21st.  The announcement will be on our website, facebook page, twitter feed, and distributed through our emergency text system. Participants and parents can opt in for this text alert when registering for the 5k or the program (for their Girls on the Run girl.)  In the event of a cancellation, we are unable to reschedule the 5k.  Registration fees are non-refundable.

5k Event Safety

The safety of our girls, all participants and spectators at the Girls on the Run 5k Event is our first priority.  We have a thorough safety plan for the event.  Public safety officers from University of Michigan's Department of Public Safety will be on the course to direct traffic and maintain road closures.  The course will be completely closed to traffic, starting at 8:45 a.m. and until our WonderGirl team crosses the finish with the last participants (estimated time of 10:45 a.m.)    Girls on the Run volunteer course marshals will be along the entire route.  Huron Valley Ambulance will be on site to provide medical treatment or transportation in case of a medical emergency.


Parking Information

All parking is free in the marked lots on the map.  Gold, 24-hour Blue and Red Residential marked parking spots are restricted on event day.  There are over 3,600 available spots in the parking lots marked on the event parking map.   These parking lots are all within 3/4 of a mile of the team meet-up area, so please give yourself additional time to find a parking space and walk to the event.  The interactive Google map of the event area includes information for each parking lot, including the number of spaces, the distance to the team meet-up area, and if it is on the route, when the road will be reopened for access to exit the parking lot.  

If you need to be somewhere soon after the 5k Event that morning, we recommend that you park in the NCRC or Glazier Way parking lots.  These areas are not affected by the road closures for the 5k.  Roads on the 5k route will be closed from 8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. for the safety of our participants.

Driving Directions to the Girls on the Run 5k Event:

From the North:  U.S. 23 South to Plymouth Road (exit 41.)  Turn right on Plymouth Road.   Take Plymouth Road one mile.  Turn left at Huron Parkway and take an immediate right to access the North Campus Research Complex parking structure and Baxter Road parking lots.  There are additional lots at the buildings on the east side of Huron Parkway.

From the South:  U.S. 23 North to Geddes Road (exit 39.)  At traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Geddes Road.  Continue straight on Geddes through the next two traffic circles.  Continue on Geddes Road for 1 mile.   Turn right on Huron Parkway.  Drive 1/2 mile on Huron Parkway.  Make U-turn for Glazier Way.  Turn right on Glazier Way; NC51 parking lot is on immediate right.  

From the East:  I-94 west to U.S. 23 North to Geddes Road (exit 39.)  At traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Geddes Road.  Continue straight on Geddes through the next two traffic circles.  Continue on Geddes Road for 1 mile.   Turn right on Huron Parkway.  Drive 1/2 mile on Huron Parkway.  Make U-turn for Glazier Way.  Turn right on Glazier Way; NC51 parking lot is on immediate right.   

From the West: I-94 east and M-14 east to the Barton Drive exit.  Turn left onto Barton Drive. Follow Barton Drive for one mile, then turn left onto Plymouth Road.  Take Plymouth Road for 1.4 miles.  Turn right at Nixon Road to enter the North Campus Research Complex (2800 Plymouth Road) parking area.   

Additional Information

Please view our printable 2017 GOTR 5k Event Guide for  all of the event information available, including maps* and Frequently Asked Questions about participating in the Girls on the Run 5k Event!  Please see above for the NEW Course Map, updated 5/16/17.

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