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Join us at the Girls on the Run NYC 5k!

Sunday, December 8, 2019
Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island

Pre-5k Activities open at 9:00 AM • 5k Run/Walk begins at 10:30 AM

The Girls on the Run NYC 5k celebrates our girls and their 10-week season of learning about the importance of taking care of our emotional and physical health. Join us as a Runner/Walker or Volunteer this December!

Volunteer Roles:

As girls from across our area come together to achieve their goals on 5k day, they will be depending on volunteers like you to help them shine! The volunteer registration fee is $10 and includes a GOTR fandana. All volunteers must complete a background check. Volunteer registration closes November 15 at 12 pm.

You can sign up as an individual volunteer, or recruit friends & colleagues and sign up as a team! Questions about team volunteer opportunities? Email us at 5k@gotrnyc.org.

Below are our 5k volunteer opportunities:

  • Field Set-Up: Field Team volunteers set-up and break down team site flags, and also manage our exciting start and finish line, supporting our girls as they complete the 5k & guiding them safely back to their coaches. Some heavy lifting will be required. Arrival time: 7:30 am

  • Registration: Registration volunteers help check-in runners and distribute t-shirts to 5k participants (non-program participant runners), then cheer on the course once the 5k run/walk begins. Arrival time: 7:45 am

  • Activity Stations: Activity station volunteers help generate excitement for the girls and families with fun activities before the 5k begins, such as the Happy Hair station and photo booth, and also support bag check & the GOTR Shop. Arrival time: 8 am

  • Course Marshal:  Course Marshal volunteers will serve as cheerleaders along the course, supporting our girls and their running buddies! They will also help to ensure safety of all participants and assist with handing out water to participants on the course. In this role, you may need to walk up to 1.5 miles. Arrival time: 9 am

5k Run/Walk Categories:

Running Buddy: If you know a girl participating in Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole, you can be a Running Buddy! You support a girl throughout the entire 5k by running/walking alongside her. Running buddies must  be 18 years or older. The registration fee is $35 and includes a tech shirt. Running Buddy registration closes December 5 at 12 pm.

  • Running Buddy PARENT is a parent/guardian of a girl in the program.

  • Running Buddy FRIEND is someone selected by the parent/guardian of a girl in the program to run with their daughter at the 5k! This could be a family friend, other relative, or a teacher.

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 all adult and youth participants who would like to run this fun, non-timed 5k. The registration fee is $35 for ages 18 and older, $30 for ages 17 and younger, and includes a tech shirt. 5k Runner registration closes December 5 at 12 pm.

Sparkle Runner: 
Sparkle Runners run the course while supporting GOTR girls along the way with cheers, encouragement, and smiles! All Sparkle Runners must complete a background check. The registration fee is $35 and includes a tech shirt plus a special Sparkle Runner accessory. Sparkle Runner registration closes November 15 at 12 pm.

Pre-5k Fun - Check out our Activities!

Our pre-5k activities are open from 9 to 10 am!

  • Cheer Sign Station: Join us here to create a personalized sign for your girls on the run. You can share why you love running or walking too!

  • Photo Booth: Take a photo with your friends with our great GOTR backdrop! Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #GOTR5k to celebrate our girls & volunteers!

  • Happy Hair Station: Colored hairspray is available for all to GOTRize yourself!

  • Bling Your Bib Frame: Girls can decorate a frame to save their #1 GOTR Bib after the 5k. You'll find stickers, markers and glitter!

  • STAR Power Stories: 5k Participants will share what GOTR and Heart & Sole has taught them this season, to share with everyone!

  • GOTR SHOP: Girls on the Run NYC shirts, hats, and other fun items will be available for purchase! Cash and cards accepted.

Girls on the Run NYC 5k SoleMates Fundraising:

Girls on the Run NYC has made a commitment to serve ALL girls, regardless of financial need. You can support this commitment by joining us as a 5k SoleMate and raising funds that help to ensure we can provide our life-changing program to more girls in New York City. As we continue to experience growth, we need your help. Click here to learn more about being a 5k SoleMate for the Girls on the Run NYC Fall 5k and the incentives you are eligible for if you join in the fun!

What to Wear to the 5k

We recommend you wear layers, including a hat and gloves. We also encourage you to wear your Girls on the Run 5k Shirt, Program Shirt (for girls), or Coach Shirt! 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:

Click here 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 beginning at 8:30 am. These buses will pick-up and drop-off at the southeast corner of 125th St and Lexington Avenue, in front of the former PathMark store (adjacent to the 4/5/6 subway stop). 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 daughter.

More 5k Event Details:

Registration Fee:
The registration fee of $35 per registration for our Running Buddies, Sparkle Runners, 5k Runners, and $10 per registration for our Volunteers, supports our overall program and our 5k costs, including a background check on each non-Parent/Guardian Running Buddy, Sparkle Runner and General Volunteer. All runners will also receive a shirt, and volunteers will receive a GOTR fandana. 

Day-of registration will be available at 9:00 am for $45 for 5k Runners and Running Buddies only. Shirts are not guaranteed for day-of registrants.

Refund Policy:
Girls on the Run NYC is not able to give 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.

5k Run/Walk Course:
The course starts and finishes in Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island. After one partial lap on the track, 5k participants go out of the stadium along the river for an out-and-back course. Participants finish on the track inside the stadium.

Registration Close Dates:
Online registration for the 5k will close on the following dates.

  • Volunteers: November 15 at 12 pm

  • Sparkle Runners: December 5 at 12 pm

  • Running Buddies: December 5 at 12 pm

  • 5k Runners: December 5 at 12 pm

Advance Shirt & Bib Pick-up for Registered Runners

Visit us in advance to pick up your very special GOTR 5k shirt & bib for the event! This is ONLY for registered runners, and NOT for girls or coaches in the program. We strongly encourage you to visit us before the 5k so you can wear your shirt to the event and avoid lines day of! Shirt & bib pickup dates and locations will be announced in November.


Check out the photos from our Spring 5k!

Click here for a direct link to the photo albums.