5K Event Policies & Information

5k Event Policies & Information

Spring “The Finish Line Is Just The Beginning” 5k presented by Memorial Health System

Saturday, May 20, 2016

8:30 am: Activities start

10:00 am: Race starts 

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois is an experiential after school program for girls in 3rd – 8th grades that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  Our curriculum creatively incorporates training for a 5k (3.1 miles) with 20 lessons that focus on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health, all while helping them develop essential life skills. The program culminates with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which honors the girls.  Parents, caregivers, siblings and friends of participants as well as community members are encouraged to join in the celebration as 5k participants or encouraging spectators.

To ensure the safety of all participants and facilitate the success of the event, please review and abide by the following:

Race Participants – General Information:

  • Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of Central Illinois.
  • The 5k event is non-competitive. Girls on the Run medals will be given to all finishers.
  • No official timing will be performed. However, a race clock will be at the finish line, so that participants have the option of noting their time.
  • No pets are permitted on the race course.
  • Only registered runners/walkers are permitted on the race course during the 5k.  All participants are expected to wear the provided race bib.
  • Parents are responsible to determine the appropriateness for their children to participate.
  • We will run rain or shine, but we will delay the race if there is thunder or lightening. We consider your registration fee to be a donation.  No refunds will be given even in the event of race cancellation because of weather.

Registration – Race Participants:

  • Current program Girls on the Run participants, coaches and practice partners do not need to register.
  • Online registration is encouraged.  No online transaction fees are passed to registrants.
  • To guarantee a t-shirt, registration must be received by May 1st.  After this date, t-shirts are not guaranteed and are only provided as available.
  • Online registration cost is $15 youth (12 and under) and $25 (13 and up) through April 28 ; $20 youth and $30 (13 and up) from April 28-May 19th.
  • Paper registration cost is $25 youth and $35 (13 and up). Cash or check only.  On race day, registrations will be accepted from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Course Map

Registration – Volunteers:

  • Volunteers must register on-line by midnight May 18th.  There is no registration fee for volunteers.
  • All volunteers 18 years or older must agree to a background check.  Instructions for completing the background check will be emailed within a few days of the volunteer registration being submitted.
  • All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to be unattended.  Youth 10-13 must be with an adult.  No volunteers under age 10.

Packet Pickup:

  • GOTR participants, coaches and practice partners do NOT need to attend packet-pickup.  Race bibs and bags will be provided to them on race day.  Coaches will be notified with specific race day instructions.
  • 5k registrants are encouraged to pick up their race bags (race bibs and t-shirts) on May 19th 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 Registration Tent.

Event Logistics

  • Schedule
    The fun starts at 8:30 a.m. with face and hair painting, along with other fun activities in the Race Village. GOTR participants should wear their Girls on the Run or Heart and Sole program t-shirts and arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to meet their team at the School Village. The 5k start time is 10:00 a.m.
  • Location
    The May 20th GOTR 5k Event is in Springfield, IL at Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd. Click here for a map of Race Village and here for the 5k Route.
  • Parking
    Please park in the Lincoln Land Community College parking lots indicated on the Race Village map. We will have a large crowd this season so please be aware that it may take some time to leave once the 5k has concluded. Once your girl has finished the 5k, we encourage your family to cheer on the other girls as they cross the finish line. If you must leave before the last runners cross the finish line, please do not drive along the race route and park as close to the exit as possible when arriving. If your girl is arriving by bus from her school, the drop off and pick up point is in the circle drive between Millennium Hall and Menard Hall.
  • Food
    A light post race snack will be provided for race participants only at the Food Tent, in addition Secret Recipes and Kona Ice Truck will be selling drinks and food.
  • Race Etiquette
    To facilitate a positive race experience for all runners and walkers, we ask that you practice standard 5k etiquette:

    • Do not push or rush to the starting line once the we start the 5k.
    • If you plan to walk the race, please start in the back of the group.
    • Should you need to walk, please move to the side of your lane and try to ease your pace instead of abruptly stopping.
    • The race course is designed as an “out and back” course.  Please stay on your side of the road so returning runners/walkers can use the other side.

For any other questions, please contact Katlyn Puclik-Baker, Development & Marketing Manager, at katlyn@gotrcentralillinois.org or 217-726-9808.