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

Girls on the Run 5K
April 20, 2024

Wesley Bolin Plaza
1700 W Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007


6:00 a.m. - Packet Pickup/Registration Opens
7:15 a.m. - 1-Mile
8:00 a.m. - Girls on the Run 5K

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Inspire and be inspired! All ages, genders and abilities are welcome! This unique, high-energy, FUN event features super soft event shirts in a choice of ladies tank or unisex crew neck styles, sparkly 5K event medals and a flat course with spirited cheer zones along the route. Following the 5K, participants and spectators are invited to enjoy the event festival which includes music, activities, empowerment and fun.


Public 5K Price
June 1 - November 30 $30
December 1 - January 31 $35
February 1 - March 31 $40
April 1 - 13 $45
April 14 - 20 (event week) $50

Registration for the public 1-mile event is $20 through March and $25 in April.

Online registration will close April 19th at 11:00 am. In person registration will be available after this on the morning of the event starting at 6:00 am.

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

Joining us for the 5K? Here are more details to help you plan:

Course Map

Event Map

Registration/Packet Pickup opens at 6:00 a.m. on event day! Please see below for optional early packet pick up information.

Wave Starts: To provide all participants a fun and safe experience, we will be starting the GOTR 5K in waves. This is to help prevent overcrowding on the course and to give all runners space to move at their Happy Pace as they complete the 5K. We ask that Public 5K participants please line up first at the start line, followed by GOTR girls and Running Buddies. Volunteers will be staggering groups in the start corral and paying attention to participants that want to be sure to start together.

Better Together: We are celebrating our council’s 20th Birthday at this event with a Friendship Bracelet Exchange. If you want to join the fun, we encourage you to make and bring bracelets to give to/exchange with other runners and volunteers as symbols of our connectedness.

Inspiration Station: If she can see it, she can be it. The Inspiration Station is a very special part of our event expo that shows girls that they truly have limitless potential, that they can dream big and that if they work hard, they can reach their goals.

To do this, we invite a small group of extraordinary women in a variety of careers to be part of our GOTR 5K Dream Team. This team of women will spend time chatting with the girls (and any other attendees who want to visit!) and serve as examples of girls who chased big dreams and succeeded. Participants can also enter to win drawings in this area and participate in other fun activities. This is a can’t miss part of Girls on the Run 5K day! Click here to learn more about the Inspiration Station and this year's incredible Dream Team.

Event hashtags for sharing your photos and videos: #GOTR5KFUN and #GOTR5KAZ

Click here for the event results and photos.
If the event photographers took any pictures of you, they will be linked in these results. If you have a girl in the program you will want to search using her Running Buddy’s bib number/name. 

As girls from across the Valley come together with public event participants to achieve their goals on 5K day, they will be depending on volunteers like you to help them shine! Now recruiting: event volunteers, cheer zones and sparkle runners!

* Volunteer registration will close by April 12, 2024 or earlier if all spots are filled.

Assignments Include: Set up, take down, registration, fun zone, finish line, aid stations, course support and information. 
Teams: Gather fellow students, friends, group members, colleagues etc. to form a volunteer team! If you are interested in forming a team, your team captain should please click on “I’d like to create a team button” during registration and follow the prompts. Once the team is created it will show in a drop down box at the top of all registration forms for other team members to select. If you are participating with a team please be sure to select your team name during the registration process.
Click here to learn more or register as a volunteer.

We are also looking for groups to serve as cheer stations along the course. Gather 5 or more people from your family, company, community organization, group of friends or team, and help to provide the one-of-a-kind positive energy, excitement and celebration that makes the Girls on the Run 5K so special. Some suggestions: create a theme for the station, dress up, play music, use noisemakers, make signs etc. Our goal is to hopefully fill the course with positive energy and encouragement for all participants and for them – and you all! - to be inspired and have a lot of fun in the process. We ask that before you sign up to reserve a zone that you please confirm that you have at least 5 people available to be in your assigned position on the course from 7:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Click here to learn more or register a Cheer Zone.

If you would like to run with the girls, this is for you! Be a moving course marshal and provide gentle encouragement and support to all our girls along the run. A Sparkle Runner is an adult female who runs the 5K and cheers on all of our girls as they head towards the finish line! Some Sparkle Runners may be paired with an individual girl to run the whole 5K with, while others will be asked to cheer on all the girls along the course and others asked to help to serve as sweepers. You may come across a girl who got separated from her Running Buddy, is too fast for her Running Buddy, or just needs some extra encouragement! IMPORTANT NOTE: Sparkle Runners will be asked to complete a background check in order to serve in this role. And Sparkle Runner registration will close at least one week prior to the event - or sooner if all spaces are filled.
To become a Sparkle Runner, please click here to register for our 5K and select "Sparkle Runner" as your event category. 


Optional Early Packet Pickup: All pre-registered participants (including 1-Mile, Public 5K, Sparkle Runners and Running Buddies) can pick up their 5K packets in advance.

Early packet pick up will be available at the GOTR office on:
•    Sunday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
•    Tuesday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
•    Wednesday, April 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
•    Thursday, April 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
•    Friday, April 19th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon

The address is: 7721 E. Gray Rd., Ste 103, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. The entrance is on the east side of the building. It IS acceptable to have someone pickup your packet for you. Event registration will also be available on these days at the increased registration fee. 

*** Please note that girls who are currently in the Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole programs DO NOT collect anything at packet pickup. They will wear their program shirts to the 5K and will receive their bib number etc. from their coach on event day in the Team Meeting Area.

Event Day Packet Pickup: If you do not opt for early pickup you can do so on event morning at the 5K site starting at 6:00 a.m.

Volunteers smiling working packet pick up

For safety, no furry friends are allowed on the course or at the event, so please leave all pets at home on 5K day! Pet owners will be asked to remove their pets from the venue if spotted at the event.

Spectators’ and participants’ safety is top priority for race officials and Girls on the Run. This event will take place rain or shine, and every attempt will be made to conduct the event as scheduled.

In the event of inclement weather or any other circumstances which might jeopardize the safety or health of participants, the event committee reserves the right to delay the start of the event. Announcements will be made at the venue updating participants of any delays on race morning and on social media.

If we are forced to completely cancel the event for safety reasons: email notifications will be sent to all participants, coaches will be notified and updates will also be posted on this page. There is no rain date and no refunds.

Awards will be given for the Public 5K event only. Overall awards are store gifts cards that have been generously donated by Sole Sports/Runner's Den. A big thanks to them as award sponsors. Additional awards will be distributed to the top three in each age group: 11 & under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over. Age group and overall awards for the Public 5K will be available for pick up at the Event Day Registration tent as soon as results are posted. All 5K participants will receive a medal at the finish line, and all 1-mile participants will receive a ribbon.

Click here for the results post-event.

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