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 Celebratory 5K - Essex
Saturday, June 3, 2023

Champlain Valley Expo

105 Pearl St

Essex Junction, VT 05452


7:30 am: Registration opens

10am: 5K begins!


Advance Registration: $25

Day-of Registration: $35

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

Our detailed Event Guides will be released in 2023; they will be full of useful information to help you have the most joyful day possible!

*Volunteer registration will open in spring 2023*

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. We need volunteers for the following activities to ensure our event is a success! 

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Marshalls
  • Running Buddies
  • Water Stations
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair or Face-Painting Station

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

Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Volunteer registration will be available in spring 2023! Feel free to contact us in the meantime with any questions:


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). Participants are encouraged to have 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.

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. For both of our 5Ks we are able to create a disability accesible route, please reach out to let us know how we can help you make the most of your 5K:

A Running Buddy is a community runner who is a family member, friend, or mentor that runs with their GOTR or H&S girl to provide positive encouragement and champion her as she crosses the finish line. Running Buddies should stay with their participant at all times. 

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 member and friends outside of our program can participate in the event by registering as Running Buddies to run alongside the participant they know. This event is NOT open to community members who have no connection to a GOTR or H&S participant. 

A site-based 5K means the 5K course will take place at the site where an individual team practiced throughout the season. 

A virtual 5K is still a 3.1-mile event, but is completed from a location that you choose. That could be in your neighborhood, at a nearby park, on a trail or even on a treadmill! It’s your 5K and you can run, walk, roll or push it at your own happy pace! 

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Yes! We will be selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth to commemorate this memorable event.

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 of registration will increase on the day of the event - so we encourage you to register ahead of time!

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