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 2023 Season Celebratory 5K Event
Sunday, December 10, 2023

Randall's Island Field 10
130 Central Rd, New York, NY 10035


Pre-5K Activities open at 9:00am

5K Run/Walk begins at 10:30am


Run/Walk Registration Available Soon!

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

Volunteer with Girls on the Run NYC for the end-of-season 5K Celebration!

The Girls on the Run NYC 5K celebrates our program participants and their 10-week season of learning about the importance of taking care of our emotional and physical health. As girls from across the city come together to achieve their goals on 5K day, they depend on volunteers like you to help them shine! All volunteers must complete a background check (paid for by GOTR NYC). 


7:30am Arrival - Field Team & Finish Line Support Team:
Field Team volunteers setup and break down team site flags, where all teams gather with their coaches at the start of the event. This team then transitions to manage our exciting start and finish line, supporting our girls as they complete the 5K & guiding them safely back to their coaches.

In this role, some heavy lifting will be required. You can expect to assemble team flags, move sandbags, hand out food after runners/walkers cross the finish line, and direct coaches and participants to their team flag. Anticipated end time for this shift is 12:30pm.

8:00am Arrival - Registration Team & Activity Stations Team:
Registration volunteers help check-in runners then cheer on the course once the 5K run/walk begins. Activity station volunteers help generate excitement for the girls and families with fun activities before the 5K begins, and they also support bag check and the GOTR Shop. 

In these roles, you will interact with participants, runners, and families. You can expect to support runners in registering for the event, hand out runner giveaways, set up tables and signs for the station you are working at, and give your biggest smiles as you'll be first first people who participants, runners, and families interact with! *Bonus if you are fluent in another language! Anticipated end time for this shift is 12:30pm.

9:00am Arrival - Course Marshal Team:
Course Marshal volunteers serve as cheerleaders along the course, supporting girls, their running buddies, and all 5K participants! They help to ensure the safety of all participants, and may assist with handing out water to participants on the course.

In this role, you may need to walk up to 1.5 miles. You can expect to write inspirational messages with sidewalk chalk, hold cheer signs, warn cyclists that a 5K is happening, keep the course clear of any debris, and generally be a positive presence for the event! Anticipated end time for this shift is 12:30pm.


Place me anywhere!:
You're available to arrive as early as 7:30am or as late as 9:00am. One of the above descriptions will apply. You're happy to be placed where you're needed most!


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.

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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