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 2023 5K Celebration
Saturday, May 20, 2023

Penn State Berks

1801 Broadcasting Road

Reading, PA 19610



Partner Park opens at 7:30 AM, Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:45 AM & participants cross the Starting Line at 9:00 AM sharp!

*Event times are subject to change. Please check back for current information.*


Be on the lookout for EARLYBIRD registration to open in March 2023!  

Girls who are part of Spring 2023 Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole teams DO NOT need to register for the 5K (it is part of the program)!

Volunteers help ensure our end of season 5K celebration is fun and safe for everyone involved. Interested in volunteering at our upcoming 5K event? Click on the button below! 

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 18+ years who want to be a Running Buddy are required to provide Pennsylvania state background clearances including a criminal background check and child abuse clearances. Clearances are FREE for volunteers and are good for five years:

PA State Criminal Background Check

PA State Child Abuse Clearances



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!

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 GOTR girl who completes the 5K will receive a medal.

All Community Runners and Running Buddies registered by the 5K shirt deadline are guaranteed a t-shirt as part of their registration fee. 5K shirts will be given out to registrants after the deadline on a first-come basis while supplies last.

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

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! We invite our Program Partners to join in the fun with activities for everyone. We also invite our NonProfit Pals from around Berks County so our girls experience first-hand how the community supports each other. 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!

Community Runners can register during the Early-Bird window for a discount. After that window, the price will increase.

There is no price increase for Running Buddies (note Running Buddies have their own registration link, not available online to the general public!).

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