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 5K - Presented by SSM Health
June 1, 2024

Verona Area High School
234 Wildcat Way
Verona, WI 53593


7:45 am - Grounds Open
8:30 am - Welcome, Warm Up, Wave Line Up
9:00 am - 5K Begins (wave start)


Registration Type Price
April 5 - May 12: Early Bird (Online) $35
May 13 - May 28: General (Online) $40
June 1: Day-of (at 5K) $45

NOTE: All are welcome to register for this community fun run! Program participants and coaches have already been registered for the 5K and DO NOT need to register.

About the Girls on the Run 5K:

The Girls on the Run fun run is not your typical community event – it's a day when community members and teams from across the region unite and amplify each other’s Star Power! Side by side and sneaker by sneaker, participants line up at the start and demonstrate all that they have achieved. All are welcome to join us to run, walk, or cheer on our youth at this inclusive community event. After all, we're better together!

Become our SoleMate:

Have you ever been interested in doing a run/walk for charity? This is your chance. Join our 5K as a SoleMate as an individual or team. SoleMates share a common desire to be champions for girls. SoleMates help raise money for Girls on the Run while counting miles on the trail, laps in a pool, or downward dogs in the studio. Click here to learn more about becoming a SoleMate for the Girls on the Run 5K or another event of your choosing.

Registration information for GOTR youth, coaches, and buddies:

  • Running buddies must register.
  • GOTR participants and coaches are already registered for the 5K as part of their overall program experience, and do not need to register again. 

Packet pick up:

  • GOTR youth will receive their 5K packet from their coaches. Running Buddies who registered during the Early Bird window and designated a team site, should pick-up their 5K packet from their team’s coaches the week prior to the 5K. 
  • Running buddies and community members who register during General Registration may pick up their 5K packet during Packet Pickup on Wednesday, May 29th (2pm-6pm) or Thursday, May 30th (6am-6pm) at the GOTR office (901 Deming Way, Madison WI 53717).
  • Packet Pickup is not available on Friday, May 31st. All remaining packets will be available for pick up on Saturday, June 1st between 7:45am and 8:45am at Verona Area High School.


Volunteers make this event possible! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer form today. We seek volunteers for these roles and more:

  • Event Set Up
  • Merchandise Sales
  • Greeter
  • Registration
  • Course Marshal
  • Food Set-up/Distribution
  • Water Stations
  • Event Clean Up
  • And more!


The course for a 5K is 3.1 miles. 

The Girls on the Run 5K is a non-competitive, family-friendly celebratory event for our participants and their running buddies. 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, 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!

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.

Running Buddies are an important support person for their GOTR girl at the 5K. Running Buddies accompany their GOTR participant at the event, keep them safe on the 5K course, and motivate them to run/walk the 5K at their own healthy pace! Running Buddies can be a family member, close friend, trusted neighbor, etc. We ask that Running Buddies be 16 years of age or older.

Community Runners are GOTR enthusiasts who are unaffiliated with a team or participant but interested in supporting our girls and our programming. The event is open to the public - the more the merrier!

Yes! This is encouraged! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. 

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.

For safety reasons, every participant must wear a council-provided bib that includes their emergency contact information. To ensure every participant crosses the finish line, coaches help connect girls to a running buddy and event volunteers monitor the course. Our council also has a safety plan in place that has been developed with and approved by local emergency management services.

Yes! Our Council is selling merchandise to support our program! Be sure to look for our merchandise booth/tent to commemorate this memorable event.

5K registration includes a t-shirt, an official 5K bib with pins, a finisher medal, sponsor giveaways, finish-line snacks, and free downloads of professional 5K photos (by Focal Flame).

Yes! Please don't let cost stop you from participating! We'd love to have you experience the 5K, and are committed to making the Girls on the Run 5K accessible to all. Call 608-831-4687 or email info@girlsontherunscwi.org for more information about discount codes.

Yes! We love a good cheer-squad! If participants have additional supporters who do not wish to walk/run, we encourage them to attend! Spectators can find a spot along the 5K course and cheer on all the runners. Spectators do not need to register.

We adore dogs, but unfortunately, they are NOT allowed.

Yes, strollers are allowed.

Yes! Please find our 5K training guide available here: https://tinyurl.com/GOTR5KTrainingGuide.

The 5K will take place RAIN or SHINE. Please plan to join us even if it rains! If there is a chance of severe weather, we will work with local law enforcement to determine if the event needs to be delayed or canceled. Any updates will be communicated by the coaches to families via email and text.

SoleMates is a community made up of passionate people raising money for Girls on the run. Whether they're counting miles on the trail, laps in a pool, reps in the weight room, or downward dogs in the studio, all SoleMates share a common desire to be a champion for girls. Our 5K Celebration is a great opportunity to be our SoleMate!

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Bucky Badger kicks off the start of the GOTR 5K

Join us - we're better together!

Not a coach or a Girls on the Run participant?  
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