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 Season Celebratory 5K - Valparaiso Family YMCA
Sunday, May 14, 2023

Valparaiso Family YMCA

1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive

Valparaiso, IN


8:00 am - Girls on the Run Festival
10:00 am - Girls on the Run 5K

All times are Central Time


Registration Type Price
March 13 - May 9: Online (Adult) $30
March 13 - May 9: Online (Youth: 17 and under) $20
May 11: Packet Pickup/Registration at DSG (Adult/Youth)  $30/$20
Day of 5K Event Registration: (Adult/Youth) $35/$20

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

Let this information guide you for the big event! 

  • Your GOTR Girl is already registered for the 5K!
  • 5K Festival begins at 8:00 am and includes: DJ, Sparkle Fun Zone (hairspray, GOTR tattoos, games, etc), Foodtruck
  • 5K will begin at 10:00 am. Participants will walk, roll, push, run or skip at their happy pace through a nearby neighborhood and bike path.
  • Parking will be available in the YMCA parking lot and throughout the Cumberland Crossing shopping area
  • GOTR 5K Grownup Guide is Available Here!
  • Valparaiso Family YMCA 5K Map

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is possible. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Fill out our volunteer form today! 

We need volunteers for the following activities to ensure our event is a success! Y

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Cheerleaders
  • Water Stations
  • Sparkle Fun Zone (hairspray, tattoos, games)
  • Post 5K Snacks
  • Parking Possums



Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


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!

Running Buddies and anyone interested in participating in one of our 5K events can register online March 13th - May 9th. Registration will also be available on May 11th at packet pickup events at DICK's Sporting Goods and the day of the 5K events.

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a race bib (provided by the council). Our council encourages every participant 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, we have volunteers and bikers on the course, and a 5K "Sweeper" at the end to ensure everyone finishes. Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff on how to respond during an emergency or incident.

Yes. 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.

A Running Buddy is an individual designated by the council or by the parent/guardian to complete the 5K alongside a program participant during the 5K event, for the entire duration of the course.

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. Registered 5K participants also receive a 5K shirt included with their registraiton fee. 5K shirts are available to GOTR Girls for an additional charge.

Yes! Family, friends and community members outside of our program can participate in the event, but must register.

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

Yes. All 5K registration forms include liability waivers.

Yes! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

Yes! As this is the highlight of the season, there will be a DJ and dancing, a Sparkle Fun Zone with fun activities, food vendors,  selfie stations, and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

The price for adults will increase on the day of the 5K events.

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

Join us for our 5K!

Not a coach or a Girls on the Run participant?  
Register to join our 5K event!