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! Every child in our program receives a commemorative medal to celebrate this incredible achievement.

5K Celebration

Confidence through

5K Event Details

Spring Season 5K
May 6, 2023

Missouri State University, McDonald Arena, 850 S Kings Ave, Springfield, MO 65897


8:30 am - Pre-race activities (optional)
10:00 am - 5K start


2023 prices will be set when registration opens January 30, 2023.

NOTE: Program participants DO NOT need to register. Their 5k registration is included with their program fee and registration is submitted by GOTR staff.

More information coming soon as we firm up our spring 5k plans. Registration opens January 30, 2023. Register here

The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

Finishing times vary. Most of our program participants will complete the 5k in 40-50 minutes, but some may finish in under 30 minutes. If you are not serving as a running buddy for your girl, talk to her coach about her estimated completion time so you can be at the finish line to celebrate with her!

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!

Please contact Bass Pro Fitness Series with specific questions or concerns. Medical and emergency support services will be provided by Mercy Health System. Course marshalls and police support will be utilized on the course to keep participants safe.

The 5k is part of a large community event that includes a marathon and half-marathon on the same day. For this reason, every girl in our program will be paired with an adult running buddy to keep her safe on the course. 

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.

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. 

This means our end-of-season 5K is an external 5K, or a community 5K that is developed, organized and managed by an organization outside of Girls on the Run. Our council has chosen to participate in this event as our culminating 5K.

A virtual 5K is still a 3.1-mile event, but is completed from a location that you choose. That could be in your neighborhood, at a nearby park, on a trail or even on a treadmill! It’s your 5K and you can run, walk, roll or push it at your own happy pace! 

We highly encourage Running Buddies, even for the virtual 5K.

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 spirit stations for the girls, including temporary hair color, temporary tattoos and face painting. Girls choosing to participate in these pre-race activities need to arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 am. (note: the time changes on Saturday, November 5, so everyone gets an extra hour of sleep!)

The price increases from $25 to $30 on October 1, 2022 and from $30 to $35 on November 4, 2022 so be sure to register with Bass Pro Fitness Series early if you plan to be a running buddy for your girl. 

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