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

Girls on the Run 5K Celebration
Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Trinity Health Ann Arbor Hospital, Specialty Centers Area, 5320 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197*
*New course this year!


10:00am start time


Early registration: Nov. 15th - April 21st: $35 (guarantees a shirt)
Late registration: April 22nd - Event Dat: $45 (not guaranteed a shirt)

NOTE: Program participants and registered 2024 coaches have already been registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register.

Thursday, May 16th from 11:00am-7:00pm & Sunday, May 19th from 8:00am-9:45am, on the second floor of the Women's Health Center at Trinity Health Ann Arbor Hospital (5320 Elliott Drive Ypsilanti, MI 48197), follow the signs to the "Specialty Centers Area". You can park in lot M & S on Thursday, but not Sunday (unless you have a handicap sticker).

Please note that program participant bibs will not be available at Packet Pickup. They will receive them from their coaches at the 5K event.

Check back here for more information to come!

Volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5K event is a fun-filled way to support our mission either by yourself or with a group! Sign up today by clicking the button below.


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 5K participant must register through us and wear a race bib (provided by the council). 

Safety is a priority to us with such a large event that includes so many children. We have taken measures,  especially after feedback from last year's course, to ensure a safer 5K route. To ensure every participant crosses the finish line, 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.

Yes! This is encouraged! Registering to participate with your child is 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.

We do plan to have merchandise at the 5K event this year!

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be a photo station as well as a Celebration Expo with fun activities depending on the weather! We'll also have food and beverage trucks on site to purchase snacks and drinks.

For non-program participants, the price will increase on Monday, April 22nd to $45, and those who sign up after will not be guaranteed a shirt.

Because we are a large event with a very large number of children in attendance, it is safest for both dogs as well as our participants and spectators if dogs are not on site.

We recommend instructing your child to meet their adult back at their team (school name) flag once they complete the 5K. Volunteer coaches are not responsible for Girls on the Run participants after the event.

No, if your child is registered for the spring 2023 season of Girls on the Run, they are already registered for the 5K event.

We will have merchandise for sale as well as several food and beverage trucks at the Girls on the Run 5K event from 8:00am-12:30pm for anyone to purchase items. Those businesses will accept cards or cash.

Although we know the impact that it can make on a participant to have a parent/caregiver or mentor complete the 5K event with them, we understand that it isn't possible for everyone. The GOTR participants will have their teammates, coaches, our volunteers and safety course marshals, as well as many, many other people on the course with them, encouraging and cheering them on!

Should you need to find your child, or your child needs to find you, first go to the team flag area in parking lot M, where their team meets prior to the start of the 5K. If they are not there, find the Information Table that will be marked with a sign where they can help to get an announcement made.

Our Girls on the Run 5K event runs from 8:00am-12:30pm. If families park in any of the lots on hospital grounds, they will not be able to leave until approximately 11:45am because the course utilizes the drive surrounding the hospital and we don't want to put any runners at risk. If you need to leave prior to 11:45am, please plan on parking off of hospital grounds. We recommend Huron Ophthalmology- 5477 W. Clark Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 or Chase Bank- 5485 Huron River Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

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