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
May 19, 2024

Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte NC, 28211


7:30am - Arrival Time / Festivities Begin

9:00am - 5K Start Time 

11:30am - Event Ends


Registration Type Price
Jan 22 - March 1: Early Bird (Online) 
Running Buddy/Community Runner - Adult
Jan 22 - March 1: Early Bird (Online)
Community Runner - Youth
March 2 - May 18: General (Online)
Running Buddy/Community Runner - Adult
March 2 - May 18: General (Online)
Community Runner - Youth

Please keep in mind that 5K registration fees will increase by $10.00 on the event day. 

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! 

  • Participants and coaches in the Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole programs have already registered for the 5K; they DO NOT need to do so again.  Accidental registrations will not be refunded.
  • Running Buddies and Community runners will receive an event t-shirt and a finisher's medal upon finishing. To ensure fairness, t-shirts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited while supplies last.
  • To protect the safety of our girls and ensure that someone can directly keep a close eye on her during the race, ALL program participants must have a running buddy register for the 5K event. Running buddies must be 16 years or older.
  • Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the event to warm up and ensure everyone in your group is checked in at registration.
  • Free parking is available.
  • The event will be held rain or shine.
  • GOTR girls should wear their PINK program shirts to the 5K.
  • Heart & Sole girls should wear their TEAL BLUE program t-shirt to the 5K.
  • All registered runners will receive a 5K t-shirt and finishers medal.
  • Strollers are welcome at the back of the final wave.
  • No pets.
  • No drones.
  • The 5K is not chip-timed. However, there will be a clock at the finish line for those who want to keep track of their times.

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! 

  • Set-up and Tear Down
  • Registration
  • Course Marshalls
  • Running Buddies
  • Water Stations
  • Cheer Stations
  • Happy Hair or Face-Painting Station

Note: All volunteers appointed through our council will undergo a background check. 


Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


Due to the rise in local events and the restricted availability of CMPD, regrettably, our event has to be rescheduled for a Sunday instead of the initially planned Saturday.


We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and appreciate your understanding. We aim to return to hosting events on Saturdays in the future.

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!

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a race bib (provided by the council). Our council ensures every participant has 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 and conduct head counts. Our council has a safety plan in place, which trains staff and volunteers 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.

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

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 face painting, water stations, happy hair stations and more! Of course, we’ll have merchandise for sale, too!

Yes, we will have early bird, general and race day pricing structures. We will update this page once 5K registration opens with costs and dates of price increases. 

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Two Girls on the Run Coaches smile while running

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