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

Fall 2024 Season Celebratory 5K Event
Sunday, December 8, 2024

Icahn Stadium
10 Central Rd, New York, NY 10035


9am: Registration & Check-In Open
9:30am: Activity Stations Open
10:30am: 5K Start!

Online Registration is closed. Day-of Registration will be available on Sunday, December 8, beginning at 9am.


Household Annual Income
$0 - $24,999
$25,000 - $49,999
$50,000 - $74,999
$75,000 - $99,999
$100,000 - $149,999
$150,000 - $249,999

NOTE: Program participants and coaches have already been registered for the 5K celebration and DO NOT need to register.

The registration fee for Running Buddies and 5K Runners supports our overall program and our 5K costs, including a background check on each Sparkle Runner and General Volunteer. All participants will receive a GOTR-branded keepsake!

Please Note: Current Girls on the Run program participants and coaches do not need to register for the 5K.

5K Resources:


5K Runner Categories:

Running Buddy: If you know a girl participating in Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole, you can be a Running Buddy! As a parent, guardian, or family friend, you support a participant throughout the entire 5K by running or walking alongside them, providing positive reinforcement throughout the entire course. Running buddies must be 18 years or older.

  • PARENT Running Buddy: A parent/guardian of a girl in the program.
  • RELATIVE Running Buddy: A relative of the participant's family selected by the parent/guardian to run with their program participant at the 5K.
  • FRIEND Running Buddy: A teacher or friend of the participant's family selected by the parent/guardian to run with their child at the 5K!

5K Runner: Younger siblings and friends are encouraged to join in on the fun and may participate as a 5k runner. This category is also great for any other adult and youth participants who would like to run this fun, non-timed 5K.

*If you are interested in volunteering at the Girls on the Run NYC 5K as a General Volunteer (non-running capacity) or Sparkle Runner, visit our volunteer registration page for more information.


What to Wear to the 5K!

  • We encourage you to wear your Program Shirt or Coach Shirt (for program participants), or any GOTR gear or fun items for our community participants! You can visit our GOTR Shop at the 5K to purchase fun Girls on the Run merchandise too.


How to get to Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island

Visit Randall's Island Park Alliance's website for information on how to drive, walk, or bike from Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

  • Girls on the Run Shuttle Bus: Girls on the Run will have shuttle buses that will run between 125th Street at Lexington Avenue in Manhattan and Icahn Stadium. Shuttle buses for volunteers will begin running at 7:30am, and buses for girls, runners, and other event attendees will begin at 8:30am. These buses will pick-up and drop-off at the southeast corner of 125th St and Lexington Avenue. Girls on the Run Volunteer Bus Captains will be present to greet you and point you in the right direction.
    • Please note: anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • If you are a GOTR parent, check with your school about school-based transportation options for your child.
  • MTA Bus: The M35 bus runs to the Island from the Northeast corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. Transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4/5/6 subway at 125th Street.


More 5K Event Details

  • 5K Run/Walk Course: The course starts and finishes at the flagpole by Field 10 on Randall's Island. Participants run/walk along the river for an out-and-back course. Checkout the 5K Course Map!
  • Refund Policy: Girls on the Run NYC does not issue refunds for 5K registrations. If you can no longer participate in the event, your registration will be considered a donation to the Girls on the Run NYC program.
  • Inclement Weather Policy: 5K participants should be prepared to run in any weather. The 5K event will take place rain or shine unless there are conditions that may affect the safety and health of the participants. If dangerous weather conditions occur, race officials may cancel, delay, or change the event. In the event of cancellation, refunds will not be issued.

Volunteer Registration is closed. See you next season!


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!

No! There is no early bib pickup. Please pick up your bib on 5K day!


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.

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.

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