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5K Celebration

Confidence through
Accomplishment

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! Every child in our program receives a commemorative medal to celebrate this incredible achievement.

5K Celebration

Confidence through
Accomplishment

5K Event Details

Event
Girls on the Run Minnesota Fall 5K
Date
Sunday, November 13th!
Location

MN State Fairgrounds

Time

9:00AM

Price

Registration Type Price
Sept 1-Oct 23 Early Bird $30
Oct 24-Nov 12 $35
Race Day $40

The 5K registration fee is a pay-what-you-can model. On the final page of registration, look for the Additional Adjustments box to select a lower registration fee as needed.  

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

Join us Sunday, November 13th at the MN State Fairgrounds for a joy-filled 5k!

Girls on the Run teams from the Twin Cities Metro area will join us at the MN State Fairgrounds for our Fall 5k event on Sunday, November 13, 2022. The run will begin at 9:00AM for all teams and take place on the roadways within the State Fairgrounds. 

Girls on the Run teams in Rochester and Duluth will host smaller regional 5k events on Saturday, November 12th. Click here for Rochester info and here for Duluth info.  

Registration

Running Buddies

Every girl needs to have a registered Running Buddy to accompany her on race day. A Running Buddy is any trusted adult 18+, who can run/walk alongside their girl and cheer her on through this day of accomplishment. A running buddy can be a parent, grandparent, uncle, teacher, family, friend, favorite babysitter - anyone 18+ your girl knows and trusts!

General Registration

Our 5k is open to all! We invite all runners and walkers to join us for the 5k. Ask other family members, siblings and friends to join us also!

All Running Buddies, parents and friends running the 5k must register here. The registration fee is $30 until October 23rd, $35 Oct 24 - Nov 12th and $40 on race day, with a pay-what-you-can option. Register here! GOTR participants and coaches are automatically registered for the 5k!

Running buddies will receive their t-shirt and race bib from their team's GOTR coaches on race morning; there will be no separate packet pick-up. Upon arrival at the MN State Fairgrounds, Running Buddies and families can go directly to your team meeting location. 

Wave Assignments

All teams/sites are assigned a wave color to organize teams in the GOTR Race Village. Please look for your teams color and sign when you arrive at the race site. We will call waves to the start line in 4-5 minutes intervals beginning at 9AM. For a full listing of all teams click here. Community Runners not affiliated with a GOTR team should plan to start in the Yellow wave. 

  • Yellow Wave - Teams A - E
  • Orange Wave - Teams F - K
  • Red Wave - Teams L - P
  • Blue Wave - Teams R - Z

Please plan to arrive at the event by 8:15AM to allow for parking and walking to the start line. 

Community Runners not affiliated with a GOTR team will pick up their t-shirt and race bib at our registration tent on race morning. We invite you to start in the first (yellow) wave.  

Course Information

The 5k course will be run on the roadways in the MN State Fairgrounds. The 5k will begin at the corner of Ligget and Carnes St., weave through all your favorite State Fair locations and finish in the infield area of the Grandstand. See Course Map here. You can also use this interactive Google Event map to help you navigate the fairgrounds on Sunday. 

Parking & Transportation

Free Parking will be available in the MN State Fairgrounds West and East Como parking lots (1690 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN). All other entrances to the Fairgrounds will be closed for the event. After parking, proceed to the crosswalk to cross Como Ave and enter the MN State Fairgrounds. We will have volunteers and signs directing you to the Warner Coliseum. Please plan to arrive by 8:15 to allow time for traffic congestion. Metro Transit also has routes available and some teams may be taking a bus together from their school; check with your coaches.  

ADA Parking will be available for those with a state issued ADA parking permit. ADA Parking will be near our bus parking lot, please follow signs for bus parking and enter the Fairgrounds from Como Ave and Canfield St. 

Weather

Despite our best efforts to put a request in for 60 degrees and sunny, it looks like Sunday morning will be CHILLY so let's be ready! While the forecast calls for a high near 30 on Sunday, the morning temperature with the windchill will be in the teens when 5k festivities are getting started. This will be the coldest temps we've seen this Fall season. Ready for the good news? The forecast is looking dry!

Please make sure you are dressed for OUTDOOR weather. Layers, gloves, hats, scarves, all of it. Safety is the most important thing,

This is an important day for our girls and the 5K will be held rain, snow or shine. Ultimately, we invite you to make the best decision for you and your participant Sunday morning. Should outside conditions become unsafe, we will notify participants through email and social media as soon as possible, and you can also visit our Facebook page for updates.

GOTR Race Village

We are excited to relocate our GOTR Race Village INSIDE the Warner Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds! After parking in the West Como Ave lot (1690 Como Ave), our volunteers will direct you into the Coliseum where you will meet up with your team and coaches! We will also host Coach Coach-In, Registration and Volunteer Check-In inside the Coliseum. We'll host some pre-race warm-ups and cheers, and then head OUTDOORS to the 5K start line a few minutes before 9:00am. 

Race Etiquette This is a non-competitive event and we encourage all runners to go their “happy pace.” To keep the course clear for all, we ask slower runners and walkers to stay to the right, leaving room for other runners to pass. 

Pets are not allowed on the run course or in the start/finish areas. We have a large number of youth attending our event, for everyone's safety, please leave pets at home. 

Event Guides Check out our 5k Event Guide for all your 5k information in one spot, great for downloading or printing. 

5k Event Guide - English

5k Guia de Evento - Espanol

5k Event Guide - Hmong

5k Event Guide - Somali

Volunteers make our 5k celebration possible! Join us for an inspirational morning! Volunteer shifts will start at 7:30and finish between 10-11am. Volunteer shifts will last 2-3 hours depending on a roll. Exact volunteer times and rolls will be communicated by November 4th!

Register now to volunteer!

Volunteer tasks will include course marshal, chalker, registration, greeting participants, water stop, post-race food, parking, helping with team materials and any other tasks that pop up! Volunteer assignments will be communicated by November 4th. Exact arrival times and duration will vary depending on your roll.  The earliest start time will be 7:30am and the final finish time will be 12:00pm. Thanks for your flexibility!  

Questions or interested in bringing a group of volunteers email gotr5k@gotrmn.org

Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city

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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 by 60 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 us. 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.

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.

Every girl needs to have a registered Running Buddy for the 5k event. A Running Buddy is any trusted adult 18+, who can run/walk alongside their girl and cheer her on through this day of accomplishment. A running buddy can be a parent, grandparent, uncle, teacher, family friend, favorite babysitter - anyone 18+ your girl knows and trust!  All Running Buddies must register for the 5k. 

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 race bib, t-shirt, medal and post-race food.

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.

The registration fee is $30 until October 23rd, $35 October 24th - November 12th and $40 on race day, with a pay-what-you-can option. Girls and coaches are already registered and do not need to register separately for the 5k. 

This is a non-competitive event and we encourage all runners to go their “happy pace.” To keep the course clear for all, we ask slower runners and walkers to stay to the right, leaving room for other runners to pass. 

Yes, strollers are welcome, and we ask that anyone with a stroller starts at the back of the pack for safety. 

No, please leave your pets at home. 

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