Chesterton 5K

May 21, 2017 - Chesterton High School

Registration Details
May 21, 2017

Chesterton High School Athletic Field
2125 S 11th Street, Chesterton, IN 46304
1:00 PM | Celebration Begins
3:00 PM | 5K Start Time
Course Information
Course Map

The 5K Course is a 3.1 mile course surrounding Chesterton High School. 

We utilize a wave start at our 5K events to divide runners into groups that start a few minutes apart. Runners will be directed to start lining up for the wave start at 2:30PM so that the 5K can begin promptly at 3PM. Coaches will direct teams to their appropriate wave location.  

The 5K participants will pass water stops on mile 1 and on mile 2. Cheer Teams will also be placed along the course to cheer on the girls and 5K participants.

Packet Pick-Up

Current GOTR Program Participants are already registered for the 5K and will receive their materials (bibs, pins, shirts) from their coaches on 5K day.

Teams will have a designated area at the event location. Coaches will pick up their team 5K materials and distribute them during the pre-run celebration on site.

For all other 5K participants (Running Buddies, coaches, family members and community participants), packet pick-up information is as follows:

Early Packet Pick-up: Thursday, May 18 from 3PM - 6PM at GOTR Office (2906 Highway Ave in Highland)

Day-of 5K: Registration Tent from 1PM-2:30PM 

5K day registration will be available, however, shirt and/or sizes are not guaranteed.



Can anyone run in the 5K?

Everyone is welcome to attend our 5K. Registration is required in order to run in the event. Our program participants are registered for the 5K as part of their program registration, so current GOTR Girls do not need to register for the 5K.


Only service dogs are permitted to be at GOTR 5K events per titles II and III of the ADA. Other pets are not allowed on the course or at the event, so please leave them at home on 5K day.

Are strollers allowed?

While strollers are allowed, we ask that for the safety of the child that strollers start at the back or to the right side of the street for 5K start.


There will be day of registration open from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Early registration is highly recommended as day of registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt. T-shirts for day of registrants are available on a first come-first served basis.


Parking is available at the Chesterton High School parking lot.

Coaches Arrival Time

Coaches are to arrive between 12:00pm and 12:30pm for set up. Please head over to the Volunteer/Team Check-In Tent to drop off your coach bag, unused/reusable program supplies, and all copies of the curriculum, and to pick up your team packet if you have not already received it at Early Packet Pick Up. Your team will have a designated area to set up. This is done alphabetically and by rows. Please set up only in your designated areas.

Coach & Team Set Up

There will be an unloading zone for all teams. Once your vehicle has been unloaded please move it to a designated parking area. You may use tents/canopies/etc.


The girls should arrive at 1:00pm for pre-5k activities. Upon their arrival make sure that they understand the first thing they are to do is to check-in with their team. There will be a DJ, face painting, and color hairspray station. At 2:30pm all girls are to report back to their tents/area at the team set-ups. Because of the amount of runners, girls will be assigned to a wave by team.

5K Wave Start Times

At 12:30pm all girls should report back to their tent/team area. At 12:35am we will begin line-up for the wave start. Please line your team up on the side of your area closest the race start. From there we will dismiss the teams by row/wave to go to the starting line. There will be Wave Marshals leading each group. You will walk with your wave to line up in the parking lot for the race to start at 3pm. Each wave will be dismissed in 1 minute increments.

What the GOTR Girls should wear

All current Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole participants should wear their program shirts the day of the race. We will be outside the entire time, so be prepared for our unpredictable Northwest Indiana weather.

Water, Snacks, & Food

There will be water provided during and after the race and snacks provided after the race to runners only as they exit the athletic field. We do our best to invite and provide items for purchase from local food vendors. Up to date information will be provided on our Facebook Page.

Clean Up

Please clean up your space after the run. There will be garbage cans throughout the area. We will be providing a garbage bag to each team. Please use it! We would like to leave this area in better shape than when we arrive.

Volunteer Registration

This event would not be possible without the help of amazing volunteers who believe in our mission and show up to support our girls. Over 100 volunteers are needed to put on our best 5K yet! Whatever your special skills and talents, we have a role for everyone.

Group Opportunities

Do you work for an organization or business that is interested in giving back to the community? Come volunteer as a group at our 5K event! Please email Volunteer Coordinator Jacqueline Weber at, and she will follow up with you directly to work out the details!

5K Shirt Sorting

Help us sort and fold 5K shirts in preparation for our events. Shirt sorting will take place at the GOTR Office (2906 Highway Ave in Highland) on Thursday, May 18 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Lunch provided.

Early Packet Pickup

We encourage coaches and pre-registered runners to pick up their 5K packets in advance of event day. Volunteer to assist with packet pickup on Thursday, May 18 at the GOTR Office (2906 Highway Ave in Highland). Time commitment 3:00-6:00 PM. Best suited for those age 16 and over.

GOTR Muscles

Calling all strong men and women! We need help carrying supplies, setting up and taking down tents before and after the Chesterton 5K. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Two shifts from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.


Volunteers will help with 5K registration, assisting pre-registered runners and event day runners. Time commitment is 12:30-3:00 PM. This volunteer opportunity is best suited for individuals over 18 years of age.


Help GOTR girls get 5K-ready! Girls get color hairspray at the Happy Hair station and the GOTR logo at face painting station (no art experience needed, stencils are used). Time commitment 12:30-3:00 PM. Best suited for those age 10 and over.


We have hundreds of runners at each of our 5K events! We utilize a wave start at our events to divide runners into groups that start a few minutes apart. Volunteers help direct and organize various waves. Time commitment 2:30-3:30 PM. Best suited for those age 16 and over.


Cheer on our runners as the complete the course! Time commitment 12:00-4:30 PM. Best suited for those age 16 and over.

First Aid

Medical experience required. Time commitment 1:00-4:30 PM.


Time commitment 1:00-4:30 PM. Best suited for those age 16 and over.

Merchandise Tent

Help sell GOTR gear. Experience with merchandise sales is preferred. Experience with Square payment system is extremely helpful. Time commitment 12:00-4:30 PM. Best suited for those age 18 and over.

Parking Attendants

Direct traffic in our parking lots. Time commitment 12:00-3:00 PM. Best suited for those age 18 and over.

Post-Run Snacks

Help our GOTR girls recharge after their run by handing out snacks and water. Time commitment 3:00-4:30 PM. Best suited for those age 10 and over.

Volunteer and Coach Check-In

Help direct our volunteers to their locations and ensure coaches have everything they need for 5K day. Time commitment 12:00-3:00 PM. Best suited for those age 16 and over.

Water Stop

Hydration is key for our runners! Hand out water on the course. Time commitment 2:00-4:30 PM. Best suited for those age 10 and over.

Previous 5Ks

Northwest Indiana
2906 Highway Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

(219) 384-8276