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 2024 Celebratory 25th Anniversary 5K: Manchester
Saturday, June 8, 2024

Dana L Thompson Memorial Park

340 Rec Park Rd

Manchester Center, VT 05255


5K starts at 10am

On-site registration will begin at 7:30am

Celebration activities open at 8:30am


Online Registration:

Adult Running Buddy (18+) - $25

Youth Running Buddy (0-17) - $10

GOTRVT Program Alumni - $10

Day of Event:

Adult Running Buddy (18+) - $35

Youth Running Buddy (0-17) - $10

GOTRVT Program Alumni - $10

Our 2024 Manchester Event Guide can be accessed here - it is full of useful information to help you have the most joyful day possible! In it you will find out where to park, when to arrive, what to bring, and more! You will also find the following:

Team Village map - Find your team's location and which wave you will be a part of!
Venue map- Find out which of our sponsors will be there, where the start/finish, bathrooms, and other points of interest are located.
Course map - Take a look at the 5K Course!


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
  • Water Stations
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair or Face-Painting Station

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

Feel free to contact us with any questions: events@girlsontherunvermont.org



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!

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. They may also sign up to volunteer at the event.

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Absolutely! Every registered participant who completes the 5K will receive a medal.

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!

The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

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

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!

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: katie@girlsontherunvermont.org

A Running Buddy 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. 

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 have sweepers who follow behind the last participant for the duration of the event. Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers on how to respond during an emergency or incident.

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

While dogs are allowed in the park, we ask that for the safety and comfort of our participants you keep all dogs off of the 5K course during the event. If you choose to bring your dog please follow all park rules regarding leashes and waste pickup.

Due to the size of the course we are unable to accomodate community runners at our Manchester event. Anyone wishing to register to run must register as a Running Buddy for a current program participant. 

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