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 2024 5K Celebration
Saturday, May 18 2024

Penn State Berks

1801 Broadcasting Road

Reading, PA 19610



The Partner Park & Team Zone open at 8:00 AM followed by Announcements & Warm-Up at 9:15 AM. All participants will then head to the Starting Line to cross it at 9:30 AM. 

*The 5K Celebration is a rain or shine event!*


Standard Registration (April 7 - May 4)


Last Chance Registration (May 5 - Event Day)


All Registrations includes a 5K t-shirt (while supplies last)


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

Community Runner & Running Buddy Packet Pick-Up is Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at ROG Orthodontics parking lot (840 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing 19610).

*Packet Pick-up is for Community Runners & Running Buddies ONLY! All girls & registered COACHES will receive their 5K bibs  at the 5K celebration in the Team Zone.

**Running Buddies should check with Team COACH regarding possible team pick-up!

On 5K day:

  • Free parking is available on the Penn State Berks campus. Please follow the signs to the parking lots on Harper Road.
    • Once the main lots on Harper Road fill up, folks will be directed to additional parking.
  • Plan to arrive as early as possible to ensure everyone can enjoy the pre-5K festivities.
  • The 5K Celebration is a rain or shine event, so be prepared!
  • There will be a water station on the 5K course & water + snacks at the Finish Line for all participants. Spectators are welcome to bring their own refreshments.

To get all the 5K event day scoop, go to the GOTR 5K Celebration BAND app & join the team (it's FREE)! You can also download the official GOTR Berks 5K Event Guide:

5K Event Guide - English

5K Event Guide - Spanish



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

Register to be a 5K volunteer HERE!

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). 

To ensure every participant crosses the finish line, we station course marshals along the entire 5K course. We have a safety plan in place outlining how staff and volunteers will 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!


  • Early-Bird pricing: $25.00 (ends September 30)
  • Standard pricing: $35.00 (ends October 30)
  • Last Chance pricing: $40.00 (ends November 6)

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