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

KGPCo Girls on the Run Minnesota 5K
Saturday, June 1, 2024

MN State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul, MN 


Waves starting 8:30am - 10:20am


Registration Type Price
February 8 - May 15 Early Bird $35
May 16 - 5K 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.

Save the date! Join us Saturday, June 1st 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 Spring 5K event on Saturday, June 1st. 5K registration is open!

Girls on the Run teams in Rochester and Duluth will host regional 5K events on Sunday, June 2nd. Click here for Rochester info and here for Duluth info.  


5K Registration 

Every girl needs to have a registered 5K Buddy to accompany her on race day. A 5K Buddy is any trusted adult 18+, who can run/walk alongside their girl and cheer her on through this day of accomplishment. A 5K buddy can be a parent, grandparent, uncle, teacher, family, friend, favorite babysitter - anyone 18+ your girl knows and trusts!

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!

GOTR participants and coaches are automatically registered for the 5K!

All 5K Buddies, parents and friends running the 5K must register. 5K registration is open! The registration fee is $35 until May 15th, $40 from May 15th through 5K day, with a pay-what-you-can option. 

5K Buddies will receive their t-shirt and race bib from their team's GOTR coaches on race day; there will be no separate packet pick-up. Upon arrival at the MN State Fairgrounds, 5K Buddies and families can go directly to your team meeting location. 

Wave Assignments

All teams/sites are assigned a wave start time and color to organize teams in the GOTR 5K Village. Spring 2024 Wave Assignments are here! Please look for your teams color and sign when you arrive at the race site. The first wave of runners will start at 8:30AM, with additional waves starting until 10:20AM. Please plan to arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour before your wave start time to allow for parking and walking to the GOTR Race Village AND to participate in some fun pre-race activities.

Course Information

The 5K course will be run on the roadways in the MN State Fairgrounds. The 5K will begin on Carnes Ave near the Grandstand, weave through all your favorite State Fair locations and finish on Judson Ave near Warner Coliseum. See a PDF of the Course Map here, or our great Google event map here

Parking & Transportation

Free Parking will be available in the MN State Fairgrounds at the following locations:

Como Parking Lots: (1690 Como Ave), enter from Como Avenue. 
Grandstand Lot: (3813 Randall Ave), enter from Snelling at Hoyt Ave.

All other entrances to the Fairgrounds will be closed for the event. See Event Parking Map here.  

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 in both parking locations. 


This is an important day for our girls and the 5K will be held rain, snow or shine. 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.

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 Guide Looking for all our 5k event information in one easy spot, check out our Event Guides, coming in April 2024.

Spring 2024 5k Event Guide English 

Spring 2024 5k Guia de Evento Spanish

Spring 2024 Event Guide Somali

Spring 2024 Event Guide Hmong

5K volunteer sign-up is open now! We would love your support hosting a safe and celebratory 5K this spring - the largest youth 5K in Minnesota! Volunteers will be assigned to specific area such as event greeter, water stop, course marshal, registration, or anywhere else we have need for support. Volunteering is open to all ages 14+. Shifts will be approximately 3 hours between 7:00am and 1:00pm on Saturday, June 1st at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. You are welcome to note if you prefer an earlier or later shift right in the sign-up. 5K volunteer roles will be communcaited to you by May 24. 

Groups are very welcome! If you'd like to be assigned with someone else, please note in your registration form. We also welcome workplaces, clubs and other groups to join us as 5K volunteers. Please reach out to johnna.bratt@girlsontherun.org if you are interested in setting up a group for 5K volunteering. 

Questions, email 5k@gotrmn.org. 

Volunteer tasks will include course marshal, chalker, registration, greeting participants, water stop, post-race food, parking, helping with team materials, event clean-up and any other tasks that pop up! Volunteer assignments will be communicated 1-2 weeks before the event. Exact arrival times and duration will vary depending on your role. We welcome volunteer groups and you can indicate who you are volunteering with when signing up. Thank you!

Questions or interested in bringing a group of volunteers email johnna.bratt@girlsontherun.org.

Adult 5K participant smiles while running outdoors through the city


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 5K Buddy for the 5K event. A 5K Buddy is any trusted adult 18+, who can run/walk alongside their girl and cheer her on through this day of accomplishment. A 5K buddy can be a parent, grandparent, uncle, teacher, family friend, favorite babysitter - anyone 18+ your girl knows and trust!  All 5K 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 $35 until May 15, $40 May 15 - May 31 and $45 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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