5k Event

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois
5k starts at 10:00 a.m.
Family-Friendly Activities begin at 8:30 a.m.
November 10, 2018

At the end of the 10-week Girls on the Run season, all of our girls in our 15 county territory will participate in Community 5k Event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience within the GOTR curriculum. Girls set running goals over the course of the program which helps prepare them for the final event. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when your girl realizes that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

We encourage parents, siblings, family, friends, and community members to run/walk the 5k to celebrate our girls reaching their goal!

Unicorn costumes are 100% encouraged for the 5k!

Once online registration closes, you will be able to register in person at packet pick-up on November 9th between 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. at the GOTR office (907 Clocktower Drive, Springfield, IL) OR the morning of the 5k between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.


All registrations received by October 19th are guaranteed your t-shirt size on race day. For registrations received after October 19th, t-shirt sizes will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

We need volunteers!
Each 5k requires more than 100 volunteers in order to ensure each event is fun and safe for our girls and their families. Multiple volunteer positions are available in 2-3 hour shifts. Volunteers between the ages of 5 and 14 MUST have an adult present with them at all times and positions are limited to water stop and cheer team.

Volunteer Shifts:
– Early Set-Up (6:30 – 8:30 AM)
– Volunteer Check In (7:00 – 10:00 AM)
– Participant Packet Pick-Up (8:00 – 10:00 AM)
– Parent Spirit Station (8:00 – 11:00 AM)
– Face Painting (8:15 – 10:15 AM)
– Happy Hair (8:15 – 10:15 AM)
– Course Marshal/Cheer Teams (9:00 – 12:00 AM)
– Finish Line Medals (9:30 – 12:00 PM)
– Water Stop (9:30 – 12:00 PM)
– Event Tear Down (11:00 – 1:00 PM)

Weather Policy

We will run rain or shine. The event will be held as scheduled except in the case of severe weather (lightening or dangerous thunderstorms). In the case of severe weather, we may postpone the start of the race, but no later than 10:30 a.m.

Packet Pick-Up

5k registrants are encouraged to pick up their race bags (race bibs and t-shirts) on November 9th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois office located at 907 Clocktower Drive, Springfield (217-726-9808). Paper registrations will be accepted at Friday’s packet pickup. Packet pickup will also be available race day from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Race Packet Pick-Up.

Click here for additional GOTR 5k policies and information.

Please contact Olivia Orth at olivia@gotrcentralillinois.org with any questions.

Thank you to our Sponsors!